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Volunteering For Animal Charities In Swindon

Volunteering For Animal Charities In Swindon

If you love animals and hate to see any innocent pet or wild animal come to harm, volunteering for animal charities could be the perfect thing to do. With over 50 million pets living in homes across the UK, there are unfortunately a large number of animals who don't get the home they deserve.

Getting involved with charities as a volunteer is a great way to help animals in need. Whether you want to work closely with animals in a rehoming centre or assist in an office-based role, there are lots of different ways you could help out.


Dogs Trust

As one of the UK's leading canine charities, Dogs Trust was set up in 1891 and now helps more than 15,000 animals every year through a network of around 20 rehoming centres. The closest one to Swindon is in Newbury, which is around half an hour's drive away along the M4.

You could help out by volunteering with Dogs Trust there or opening up your home as a foster carer for dogs that are waiting for a permanent new family.

Cats Protection

With around 250 branches around the UK that completely depend on volunteers, Cats Protection was founded back in 1927 and has become Britain's leading cat charity. It also has 40 rehoming centres that help find new homes for cats who've been lost, abandoned or abused.

The charity's Swindon branch helps families adopt cats in the local area. You could get involved with these efforts by volunteering with the charity in a number of ways, from transporting animals around to helping out at events.


As the UK's largest animal welfare charity, the RSPCA has been helping animals across Great Britain since 1824. With a royal seal approval to its name, the charity is a leading authority on animal rights and helping to rescue abused and neglected pets, as well as coming to the aid of sick and injured wild animals.

The RSPCA North Wiltshire Branch is based on Cricklade Road in Swindon, and the charity runs a number of local shops which are central to raising much-needed funds. You could get involved by volunteering with RSPCA at one of these charity shops, donating items to them or helping out at events. You could also help out the branch in an admin role or as a driver.

Wildlife Trusts

As a network of regional and local charities that come together under one large umbrella, the Wildlife Trusts look after almost 100,000 hectares of land, across more than 2,300 nature reserves around the UK.

If you want to get involved in some hands-on volunteering Swindon plays host to the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, which looks after around 40 of these nature reserves. From helping maintain natural habitats or joining in with efforts to keep track of different forms of wildlife through surveys, there are many ways to volunteer with the Wildlife Trusts.


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: 19/08/2021

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