The UK is an animal loving nation. In fact, we love them so much that around 45% of us share our homes with a pet! Nevertheless, there's still a great need for kind and generous charities to help animals who've unfortunately been neglected, mistreated or abandoned.
Why Volunteer For Animal Charities In Oxford
Animal charities don't just help pets in need - they also protect our local wildlife. As a leafy city, Oxford is surrounded by beautiful countryside that's home to many animals, both domesticated and wild. In order to conserve the land for future generations, you'll find multiple Oxford animal charities which do vital work.
Dog homes, animal shelters and conservation organisations can't run on their own. They need all the help they can get, so why not volunteer in Oxford for your nearest animal charity?
Animal Charities In Oxford That Need Your Support
Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary is an animal rescue centre that's able to rehabilitate and rehome over 500 animals every year. Started over 50 years ago, the charity not only rescues cats, dogs and rabbits but also has goats and a horse as permanent residents.
Support the Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary's brilliant work by volunteering at the shelter to be a dog walker, to socialise with their cats or even assist with fundraising events. You'll also find four Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary charity shops in the area that are always grateful for volunteers, to help sort through stock and greet the customers.
The Wildlife Trusts are a national charity that's dedicated to preserving the natural habitats of Britain's wildlife. The charity currently manages over 2,000 nature reserves nationwide, which not only provide homes for native species but also places for kids and adults to learn about nature.
If you live in Oxford, the city is served by the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust. The organisation has been working locally since 1959 and currently has over 80 reserves that are run by full time staff and hundreds of volunteers.
If you love nature and want to spend some time outdoors, why not volunteer in Oxford with the local Wildlife Trust? Opportunities include helping out with vital wildlife surveys, assisting with conservation projects, meeting and greeting people at the two local visitors' centres, or assisting with nature walks.
The Blue Cross is another UK-wide charity that's dedicated to helping pets and their owners through a range of practical and educational services. These include dozens of animal hospitals across the country, which provide free or discounted veterinary care, as well as rehoming services and a bereavement support programme for those who have sadly lost a pet. The Blue Cross even offer free talks in schools about animal welfare and responsible pet ownership.
Near Oxford, there are two Blue Cross rehoming centres that take in unwanted or mistreated dogs, cats, small pets and horses (the latter only at the Burford centre). Both sites often require new volunteers, not only to be short term fosterers but also to assist with day to day activities and fundraising events. Of course, the best way to support the Blue Cross in Oxford is by offering (if you can responsibly do so) a new forever home to a pet in need!
Based in the heart of the city, Oxford City Farm is a 2.5-acre former building site that's being transformed into an urban farm. In addition to providing a space to sustainably grow produce and teach the local community about environmental issues, it will also be home to farm animals and become a safe hub for wildlife.
You can help Oxford City Farm raise money for its future projects and growth by getting involved with fundraising. The organisation is also always in need of extra volunteers to help maintain the land and assist with the animals.
How Can You Help
Have a browse through our Local Causes directory for even more volunteering opportunities with amazing Oxford charities. Don't forget to sign up to play People's Postcode Lottery too. 32% of the ticket price goes to deserving causes, including animal charities across the UK.