Volunteering at Battersea

There are a many different volunteer roles available here at Battersea and we regularly develop new roles depending on the needs of the animals in our care, and the teams that support them. We strive to create an inclusive environment and 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 over 600 volunteers across the three centres who assist our staff in a variety of ways. As well as our ever-popular animal welfare roles, volunteers help staff with office duties and represent us at events. 

Why volunteer with us?

People volunteer for many different reasons, but they all share a passion for and commitment to animal welfare. Volunteering at Battersea is a rewarding experience, an opportunity to meet new people (and animals!) and gain new and transferable skills.  

Every volunteer supports us to help the dogs and cats in our care and further the work that we do. 

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 group recruitment and information session or interview. This is an opportunity for prospective volunteers to learn more about the role, as well as a chance for the Volunteering Team to learn more about applicants and why they want to volunteer. Applicants who are successful at interview or group recruitment will then attend an induction session; where they receive all the training relevant to their role. 

The recruitment process to become a volunteer with us is competitive so we ask that you think carefully about the time you can commit before applying. 

We ask for a minimum commitment of six months, but we would love for volunteers to stay with us for a lot longer – and many do.  


Who can volunteer?
I want to volunteer with animals but can't see any roles available
I can only offer one or two days a year, can I still volunteer?
Do I need specific skills to volunteer?
Can I claim expenses?
Do you offer work experience?
Can you accommodate for corporate volunteering days?


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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