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 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 700 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 in all areas of the organisation, represent us at events and help us raise vital funds.

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 all share a passion for and commitment to animal welfare. Volunteering at Battersea is an extremely rewarding experience, every volunteer supports us to help the dogs and cats in our care and further the work that we do.

We are committed to ensuring our volunteers 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.

Volunteering at Battersea is 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, this is an opportunity for prospective volunteer to learn more about the role, as well as a chance for the Volunteering Team to learn more about you any why you want to volunteer! Applicants who are successful at interview or assessment will then attend an induction session, at induction you will receive all of the training relevant to your 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 between three to six months depending on the role, but we would 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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