Volunteering FAQs​

Answers to all your questions about volunteering at Battersea.

Who can volunteer?

Anyone can apply for our available roles and we take on volunteers from a diverse variety of backgrounds. Unfortunately we cannot accept volunteers who are under 18 years of age but if you are unable to volunteer for us, you could consider helping us to raise vital funds instead.

How do I apply to volunteer?

All volunteer positions are advertised on our current volunteer vacancies page. To apply for a role click on the role title and follow the instructions under the 'How to apply' section.  We are not able to accept speculative CVs and do not operate a waiting list.

I want to work with the animals but can’t see any role available

Volunteering in our kennels and catteries are by far our most popular roles. To allow us to handle the number of applications we receive and to enable our staff to train all volunteers we have specific recruitment drives at different times throughout the year. Please keep your eye out on our current volunteer vacancies page for these roles to appear.

If there are no roles that interest you at the moment you can sign up to our Volunteer Role Alerts email that will let you know about all the volunteer roles on our website each week.

I can only offer one or two days a year. Can I still volunteer?

We ask for a minimum commitment of between three and six months for most of our volunteer roles due to the levels of training and support we provide. However we recognise that many people are unable to offer this much time and if that is the case for you then you could consider getting involved with our fundraising schemes.

Do I need specific skills to volunteer?

Experience is always useful for any role, as well as a friendly attitude and a willingness to get involved in some hard work. Please consult the individual role descriptions for desirable skills and experience.

What do we provide to our volunteers?

We provide a level of reimbursement for our volunteers’ travel expenses to and from their volunteering shifts as well as branded T-shirts to serve as uniform. We do not provide accommodation facilities to board you or your dog or cat during your time volunteering with us.

Do we offer work experience?

We are not able to offer work placements at our London centre. But please find out more information about work placements at our Brands Hatch and Old Windsor centres.

Can we accommodate for corporate volunteering days?

We are unable to accommodate for ad-hoc corporate volunteering.

I’m not able to volunteer at Battersea but would I be able to foster any animals?

We are always on the lookout for temporary foster carers for our animals. Find out about becoming a dog fosterer or a cat fosterer.

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