We like to think that everyone treats their pets in a loving way. Sadly, that's not always the case. Across the UK, there are thousands of cases of reported animal cruelty every year - including in large cities like Liverpool.
Why Volunteer For An Animal Charity In Liverpool?
Thankfully, there are also hundreds of incredible organisations that have been set up to help vulnerable animals find a better future. This not only includes mistreated pets and farm animals, but also local wildlife that have been displaced or threatened by issues like urban growth or pollution.
Below are just a handful of some of the wonderful animal charities in Liverpool that do essential work for the area's unwanted pets and wildlife.
Animal Charities In Liverpool That Need Your Support
Established in 1891 as the National Canine Defence League, Dogs Trust is the UK's largest animal charity that is solely dedicated to rehabilitating, rehoming and caring for dogs. From dogs that have been abandoned or abused to those that have owners who are no longer able to look after them, the Dogs Trust takes in thousands of canines at dozens of animal shelters across the country.
In Liverpool, you'll find Dogs Trust Merseyside Rehoming Centre in Huyton. This facility makes it easier for the charity to help hundreds of canines find loving forever homes each year. That wouldn't be possible without amazing volunteers who help out with tasks like dog walking and animal socialisation, as well as fundraising and fostering. Get in touch with Dogs Trust Merseyside today to see what opportunities are currently available.
As the UK's longest running and most widely known animal welfare charity, the RSPCA is a great cause to support. The organisation not only rescues and finds new homes for animals across the UK, but also offers veterinary care for pet owners who can't afford it. Campaigning for better animal rights for both pets and wild animals is also at the heart of the RSPCA's work.
In Liverpool, you'll find an RSPCA rescue centre in Halewood that takes in unwanted or abused animals, rehabilitates them and finds them new homes. The Liverpool branch (and nearby Warrington branch) are always in need of volunteers to help out with a range of tasks, from befriending animals to visiting people who are potentially going to adopt from the shelter.
Fundraising for the RSPCA is also an important way of making sure they can offer the same services for the foreseeable future. If you have space and the right kind of lifestyle for a pet, why not aid in the best way possible by adopting a wonderful rescue animal?
Carla Lane Animals in Need is a local Liverpool charity that rescues strays and unwanted animals. Based in Melling, the charity has been running for over 40 years and is able to provide a safe, temporary shelter to dozens of dogs, cats, rabbits and other small pets while they find them forever homes. Farm animals are also regularly rescued and looked after until new homes can be found.
As a small animal shelter, Carla Lane Animals in Need relies on volunteers to help with day to day tasks, so take a look at the charity's site for current opportunities. You could also show your support by donating animal feed and other essential items, as well as organising or getting involved with a fundraising event. People's Postcode Lottery players supported this project with £20,000 of funding.
Not all dogs are beloved family pets. Being an incredibly smart species, some can become truly inspirational service animals that make all the difference to a person living with a disability. The Guide Dogs For The Blind Association has been running throughout the UK for over 100 years, and is famed for training dogs as companions and mobility assistants to people with vision loss.
As well as funding the essential training needed for puppies to become guide dogs for both kids and adults, the association also provides various other support services to those who suffer from vision problems.
Our players have so far helped to raise over £2 Million for the Guide Dogs For The Blind Association. Add to that number by signing up today, or assist by sponsoring a puppy in training. You could also aid the charity in a more hands-on way by volunteering in Liverpool to become a puppy walker, fostering a puppy or dog while it is being trained, assisting with admin in the branch office, or by getting involved with an exciting fundraising event.
How Can You Help
Volunteering your time to help out with a local Liverpool animal charity is a really lovely way to give back. Take a look at our Local Causes directory for even more volunteering and fundraising roles in the city. Don't forget to sign up to play People's Postcode Lottery either, as 32% of the ticket price goes to amazing charities and good causes.