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Volunteering For Animal Charities In Northampton

Volunteering For Animal Charities In Northampton

According to animal welfare charity the RSPCA, almost half of UK households can say they have a pet as a member of the family. That accounts for more than 50 million animals, which in turn accounts for a lot of animals that aren't treated properly. The RSPCA's 24-hour cruelty line received over 1.1 million calls in 2018, while there are also several issues that affect wildlife across Britain.

This is something many people feel passionately about, so you may be interested in learning more about some of the animal charities Northampton plays host to below. If you want to start volunteering Northampton has several great charities that operate in this area in need of your support.

Volunteering is a great way to challenge yourself and pick up new skills while also doing a good turn and helping others. As vulnerable animals are in no position to help themselves, there are plenty of Northampton charities you might wish to get involved with.


Animals In Need

Formed in 1990 in a bid to alleviate suffering in animals across Northamptonshire, Animals In Need is based in Little Irchester around 12 miles outside Northampton itself. It rescues both wild and domestic animals that are sick, injured and distressed, treating, vaccinating and microchipping them where necessary before they are rehomed.

Animals in Need is a relatively small charity that relies on a team of volunteers to survive, so this is a great organisation to get involved with. From hand-feeding orphaned birds to looking after baby hedgehogs and injured swans, you could also help out with dog walking and tasks like mucking out living quarters when you volunteer at the Animals In Need sanctuary.

Dogs Trust

Players of People's Postcode Lottery have raised over £14 Million so far for Dogs Trust. Established back in 1891, it campaigns for canine rights at the same time as helping to rehome over 15,000 dogs each year.

You could open up your home to foster dogs temporarily or adopt one permanently. Why not also volunteer at the nearest Dogs Trust centre to Northampton in Kenilworth? You could also sponsor a dog through the charity or support it through your wedding favours.


The RSPCA is one of the UK's foremost charities in any field. As Britain's leading animal welfare charity, it was founded as the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals way back in 1824 and received its royal nod of approval from Queen Victoria not long after.

With charity shops in Northampton on Main Street and Market Street, in addition to the RSPCA Northamptonshire Branch based in Brixworth just to the north of the town centre, there are plenty of options when it comes to volunteering with the RSPCA.

Wildlife Trusts

With more than a century's worth of history to its name, the Wildlife Trusts is a collection of local trusts that come together to form a national charity which looks after more than 2,300 nature reserves across the UK. As a result of this, it cares for around 100,000 hectares of land, containing swathes of wildlife that's often under threat.

The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire manages over 100 nature reserves, and works across its three counties to build a nature recovery network. You can help it do this by signing up to things like wildlife surveys or using your green fingers to help maintain its reserves, while you could also volunteer at your nearest Wildlife Trusts visitor centre.

Cats Protection

With a Northampton branch that relies on around 40 volunteers in order to survive, Cats Protection is the largest feline charity in Britain. It has approximately 250 branches in total, as well as 40 centres where cats stay while the charity finds them a new home.

Cats Protection helps in the region of 200,000 cats and kittens each year, while our players have done their part by raising over £3 Million so far for the charity. You could help out Cats Protection by volunteering or getting involved with fundraising efforts


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.

Last updated: 12/05/2021

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