Volunteering at Battersea

There’s a real variety of volunteer roles here at Battersea which develop constantly depending on the needs of the animals in our care. We strive to ensure that our volunteers are involved in all aspects of our work, are valued for their commitment and recognised for the extraordinary things they do for us.

What do our volunteers do?

We are supported by a pool of over 1,000 volunteers across the three centres who assist our staff in a huge variety of ways. As well as our ever-popular animal welfare roles, volunteers help staff with office duties, represent us at events, show visitors around our centres and help us raise vital funds. We are also supported by a team of community engagement volunteers who go into local schools to educate children about our cause and responsible pet ownership.

We are incredibly proud of our volunteer program and the contributions made by our volunteers, and we greatly appreciate your willingness to join us and donate your time and expertise.

Why volunteer with us?

People volunteer for us for many different reasons but they each share an enthusiasm and commitment to animal welfare. It is an extremely rewarding experience and also a great way to use your own skills to help us further the important work we do.

Our volunteers are able to feel good about giving back to the community and helping dogs and cats that may not have had the best start in life. They gain new and transferable skills as well as developing current ones and many will use their experiences with us to enhance their CVs or even make a full career change.

It’s also a great way to make lots of new two-legged and four-legged friends.

Becoming a volunteer

All volunteer positions are advertised on our current volunteer vacancies page and successful applicants for a role will be asked to attend an assessment session or interview. The recruitment process to become a volunteer with us is competitive so we ask that you think carefully about the time you are able to commit before applying.

We ask for a minimum commitment of between three to six months depending on the role, but we'd love for volunteers to stay with us for a lot longer - and many do. All volunteers must be 18 years of age and over.

If you can't find the right volunteer role for you, find out more about dog fostering and cat fostering.

Our volunteering and fostering programme is made possible by the generosity of players of People’s Postcode Lottery. To date, players have raised more than £148 million for good causes and we are all incredibly grateful for their ongoing support.

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