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Animal Volunteer Work UK

Volunteer jobs with animal welfare organisations can vary from helping with kennel duties, assisting with fund raising events, carrying out wildlife surveys, or working on specific projects. The Animal Jobs Direct Volunteer with Animals ebook Guide provides direct links to animal welfare and rescue charities that offer a range of interesting volunteering opportunities - there are an amazing variety of voluntary jobs available. Many animal charities exist on limited funds and therefore voluntary workers are much needed and appreciated. 

Many volunteers study an animal care course whilst volunteering and this is a great way to gain theory knowledge that can be applied to a volunteering placement.

Below are some of the animal volunteer work opportunities working with animals that are offered in the Animal Jobs Direct ebook. For hundreds more opportunities in many Animal Welfare Organisations worldwide, please refer to the Volunteering with Animals Ebook available to purchase via this website or Amazon. All our students receive a free copy upon enrolment.

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." Mahatma Gandhi


Ashbourne Animal Welfare (http://www.ashbourneanimalwelfare.org/): was established in 1988 and is dedicated to the rescue and re-homing of stray and unwanted cats and dogs. They provide neutering and veterinary care before re-homing. Volunteer assistance required.


Animal Accident Rescue Unit (AARU) is a Nottinghamshire based charity run by volunteers that is committed to rescuing animals by providing a transport service for sick and injured animals and birds and re-homing where possible. Contact to assist as a volunteer.

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home (
http://www.battersea.org.uk): has been rescuing lost and unwanted dogs since 1860 and cats since 1883. The organisation works to rescue, rehabilitate, re-unite and re-home dogs and cats. Volunteers required for animal volunteer work UK.


The Blue Cross aims to: ensure the welfare of animals by providing practical care, highlight the benefits of companionship between animals and people and promote a sense of respect and responsibility towards animals in the community. The organisation provides support to the nation's pets and their owners by: treating pets whose owners cannot afford private veterinary treatment, finding permanent homes for unwanted or abandoned animals and educating the public in responsible animal ownership. Volunteers required.

Bristol Dogs and Cats Home founded in 1887, the Home has grown in size and many improvements have been made to house a variety of animals. What started as a shelter just for dogs, now accommodates cats, rabbits, ferrets, birds and other small animals. Volunteers required to help with dogs walking.

Please contact us for more information about Animal Volunteer Work UK

Animal Jobs Direct offers a variety of accredited training courses designed to help people gain employment in the animal care sector. Please scroll down for a few examples and click here for more. Contact us for free careers and training advice.

Volunteering is a great way to obtain hands on experience and a better understanding of the many different career options open to those wishing to work with animals. Whether you are a school leaver seeking a career change, or are undecided about whether working in the animal care sector is for you, then voluntary work is a great way to find out.

If you are seeking a career change, volunteering can be an excellent way of landing your perfect job, as it is common for volunteers to be offered permanent positions. By signing up as a volunteer you will gain an invaluable understanding of the work involved. 

There are many organisations in the UK and around the world, that work tirelessly to help animals in need. To achieve this, most rely on voluntary help. Some charities welcome volunteers who can only spare a few hours on weekends, other organisations prefer to have volunteers commit to a specific project with a set volunteer job description.

Through volunteering you will gain many new skills that will benefit you with applying for vacancies or course placements. It is advisable for anyone wanting to work with animals, from would-be veterinary surgeons to animal care assistant, to first embark on some sort of voluntary work with animals before beginning their career. 


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