Volunteering For Animal Charities In Swansea
With almost half of all UK households owning a pet, Britain is clearly a nation of animal lovers. However, not every animal gets the loving home they deserve. Previously, the RSPCA alone was investigating around 8,000 complaints of abuse to dogs and cats in Wales each year.
Whether you want to get involved in protecting pets from neglect, campaign for animal rights or help protect wild animals and their natural environments, there are plenty of Swansea charities deserving of your time and efforts.
By telling you more about some of the best animal charities Swansea has to offer below, we hope to inspire you to volunteer in the charity sector. Donating your time to a good cause can be an incredibly enriching thing to do, while volunteering can also be great for learning new skills and meeting new people. So read on, and start getting excited about helping a charitable cause today.
ANIMAL CHARITIES IN SWANSEA THAT NEED YOUR SUPPORT
With many years of history behind it, Dogs Trust was founded back in 1891 and is going stronger than ever today. The charity helps over 15,000 dogs every year, thanks to a network of around 20 rehoming centres across the UK.
The nearest centre to Swansea is set into the lovely countryside that surrounds Bridgend, around half an hour’s drive down the M4 from the centre of Swansea. You could volunteer with Dogs Trust and help out with tasks like feeding and walking the dogs or welcoming prospective new owners and vetting their homes to ensure they’re suitable for a new pet.
If you want to help cats through volunteering, Swansea has a branch of leading feline charity Cats Protection.
With 40 rehoming centres across Great Britain, Cats Protection has around 250 volunteer-led branches, including one in Swansea. You may find yourself getting involved with the local branch’s operation by promoting fundraising events or fostering a cat. You could also volunteer with the charity at the Cats Protection shop on Brynymor Road in Swansea.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was founded all the way back in 1824, and received its royal stamp 13 years later. It remains one of the most important animal charities in the UK, and a leading voice when it comes to animal rights and the fight against abuse and neglect.
The RSPCA Llys Nini Animal Centre lies on the outskirts of Swansea, close to Penllergaer, while the charity has a number of charity shops in Swansea and across the local area. Whether you’re volunteering with the RSPCA at one of its shops or helping out at the centre, you could also get involved with the charity’s fundraising events too.
The Wildlife Trusts is a collective of regional and local trusts that looks after almost 100,000 hectares of land over more than 2,300 nature reserves.
The Swansea Local Group of the Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales has been going since the 1970s, and has been revitalised in recent years through its links to Swansea University. You could help out the charity by recruiting more students through volunteering with the Wildlife Trusts. You could also help to organise field trips for members to other interesting wildlife sites.
With over 100 years of history, PDSA has helped millions of animals in need since it was founded back in 1917. The charity provides 2.7 million treatments to around half a million pets every year, allowing animals whose owners can’t afford veterinary care to get the help they need.
With around 50 pet hospitals across Britain, Swansea has one on Viking Way in Winch Wen. There’s also a charity shop on Woodfield Street not far from the city centre, so there's a number of options available if you're looking to volunteer with PDSA.
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Last updated: 29/07/2021