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How To Get Involved With Animal Rescue

How To Get Involved With Animal Rescue

The UK is a nation of animal lovers. According to leading veterinary charity PDSA, 49% of adults own a pet, with an estimated 20 million cats and dogs playing a big part in this. Lots of animals don't have a safe home to call their own though. Luckily, there are many ways you can help.


Whether you have a dog, cat, rabbit or snake, giving your pet a loving home is one of life's great pleasures. However, you don't need to have pets of your own to care about animals and their welfare.  

If the thought of an animal being without a home is upsetting to you, then you can make a difference by volunteering with a charity that specialises in animal rescue. By donating your time to a charity such as Battersea, Cats Protection or Dogs Trust, you can make a truly valuable contribution to the good work these organisations do.  


Give Your Time To A Rehoming Centre 

There are plenty of volunteering opportunities to get involved with, and helping out at a rehoming centre is a rewarding way to do so. In this role you could find yourself looking after animals while they wait for a new, loving home to go to.

Help Out At A Charity Shop 

A number of animal rescue organisations have charity shops across the UK. Whether it's organising donations or working on the till, you can help sell items to raise money for the operation. Volunteers are crucial for keeping charity shops going, as are item donations. So, even if you haven't got much spare time to lend, have a clear out and donate anything you don't need.  

Become A Volunteer Driver 

As animals regularly need to be collected, volunteer drivers play a vital role in rescuing animals. They help with taking animals to the vet, hospital and other rescue centres when required. Drivers might even be needed to move stock between charity shops, so you'd be in a great position to help if you own a van.  

Get Involved With A Charity Event

Charity events can be a lot of fun, particularly if you love the bedlam that comes with having countless animals around. From open days to microchipping events and fetes, you can help to raise awareness and funds for your chosen charity.  

Cats Protection suggests a number of ways to get involved whilst helping to raise vital funds. You could find yourself baking cakes, hosting an afternoon tea or even participating in something a little more daring like endurance racing or skydiving! Cats Protection has handy guides to help you along the way.

Foster An Animal 

Probably the biggest commitment you can make is to give an animal a home yourself. Fostering is an incredibly rewarding thing to do, especially if you're able to provide a loving environment for an animal that hasn't been used to one. It can also be deeply satisfying to see a mistreated animal flourish under your care. Fostering is something you should carefully consider, although you usually take an animal for an initial trial period to make sure you're compatible with each other.


You may not be able to volunteer with some animal rescue charities if you're under the age of 18. This includes Battersea, which has over 1,200 volunteers working at or around its three centres in London, Brands Hatch and Old Windsor.  

Volunteering in kennels and catteries are usually the most popular roles with animal rescue organisations, so you may need to be patient and sign up to receive alerts about new roles.  

You should be able to give as much or as little of your time as you like, although there may be certain conditions with different charities. As you'll likely need training and support, you may be required to commit to volunteering for at least three to six months.  


If you're thinking of volunteering with an animal rescue charity, you're probably desperate to get started. To give you an idea of how you can help, take a look at the volunteering opportunities available with these fantastic organisations:  


If you'd like to know more about getting involved in volunteering in your community, take a look at our Local Causes page and find opportunities near you.

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Last updated: 30/06/2021

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