Community Rehoming Volunteer (Dogs)

  • Reference:
  • Location:
    Home based
  • Department:Battersea Communities
  • Posts available:5
  • Salary:£0
  • Full/Part time:Volunteer
  • Contract type:
    Volunteer
  • Closing date:Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Community Rehoming Volunteers provide an additional way for Battersea to help more dogs in their journey to reach their new home. By looking after Battersea dogs in their home, a Community Rehoming Volunteer helps them by providing for their welfare needs, creating new rehoming opportunities where Battersea’s current centres pose a barrier e.g. travel, opening hours etc, and spreading the word about rehoming in their local community.

This role is suitable for people who are interested in both caring for dogs that are available for rehoming and helping them find homes in their communities through attending Battersea events and speaking to potential customers.

We are looking for individuals who:

  • live in Guildford or the close surrounding areas
  • are in a position to not leave a dog in your care alone for more than 4 hours at a time
  • have availability during evenings and weekends to support rehoming appointments
  • if they have children, are aged 13 or over
  • have access to a secure garden but this is not necessary if you have nearby green space
  • have no other dogs or cats in their home
  • have access to a vehicle

What would I be doing?

  • Providing temporary shelter to a Battersea dog in your home and looking after its welfare needs (all food and equipment will be provided by Battersea) until it finds a loving home
  • Monitoring the dog’s health and behaviour and providing regular reports to Battersea. In some cases, members of Battersea staff may want to visit the dog in your home.
  • Following any Battersea Care Plans in place for the dog
  • Providing photos and videos of the dog to support their rehoming
  • Promoting Battersea and rehoming of the dogs that you care for in your local community, through engaging with members of the public when out and about, taking dogs to local events, social media promotion and displaying rehoming flyers in suitable locations in your local community
  • Welcoming potential new owners into your home or meeting prospective owners at a designated location, sometimes at short notice, to meet the dog and learn more about their care. Potential new owners would always be accompanied by a member of Battersea’s staff.
  • Supporting the Animal Network Officer with the rehoming process as required
  • There may be the occasional need to transport the dog in your care to a local vet practice or Battersea centre for veterinary attention

What skills would be useful?

  • Previous experience of owning or caring for dogs, particularly with breeds such as Greyhounds and Staffordshire Bull Terriers but this is not essential.
  • Comfortable with walking a dog on a lead
  • Capable of writing observations and keeping accurate records
  • Good spoken and written English
  • Confidence in meeting and communicating with a wide range of people
  • Open mindedness and a willingness to follow instructions and training
  • Ability to use a computer, tablet or smartphone
  • Confident with taking photographs and or videos with a camera/smartphone
  • Flexibility and a willingness to take on dogs or be available for rehoming appointments or events, sometimes at short notice and likely at weekends or evenings
  • Emotional resilience
  • Comfortable with using social media

What training and support will I get?

  • An induction about the work of Battersea, and its policies and processes that are relevant to your role, such as rehoming
  • Training on general dog behaviour and how to care for a dog in your home and handle them in public, including Battersea’s canine welfare and stress management procedures
  • Ongoing support from the Animal Network Officer and Communities Manager
  • Battersea branded uniform
  • Support to act as an ambassador for Battersea in your community
  • Regular updates on the work of Battersea in your community
  • References provided by Battersea where appropriate

Who would be my main contact at Battersea?

Your main point of contact would be the Animal Network Officer (Guildford).

How do I apply for this role?

Please complete the relevant application form. Once we have received a completed application form, we will contact you for an informal chat and to answer any questions you may have. We will then ask you to provide a video of your home environment so we can check it is safe for our animals. We will then invite you to attend an induction session.