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Volunteering For Animal Sanctuary Charities In Derby

Volunteering For Animal Sanctuary Charities In Derby

Why Volunteer for an Animal Sanctuary Charity in Derby?

When we think of animal sanctuaries, we often think of rescue centres for unwanted or abused pets. While they do form a large part of these amazing organisations, there are also many others that do fantastic conservation work with endangered species and local wildlife.  

In the UK, we're lucky to have many animal sanctuary charities that save thousands of animals each and every year. These charities not only do wonderful work in raising awareness about animal welfare, but they also offer sanctuary to those in need. From rehabilitation to rehoming, they make sure every animal has a shot at a better future.  

Like many cities, Derby has its fair share of sanctuaries that are always looking for help. Take a look at the opportunities below, and why not sign up to play People's Postcode Lottery? 32% of the ticket price goes directly to charities and good causes. 

Animal Sanctuary Charities in Derby That Need Your Help


Founded in 1824, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is a UK-wide charity that not only works to promote animal welfare, but also rescues many creatures in need. There are dozens of RSPCA branches across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland that are able to offer a safe place for unwanted or abused pets, or even injured wild animals. 

In Derby, the RSPCA are committed to assisting neglected or injured animals in the local area and rehoming them. The centre on Abbey Street not only takes in dogs and cats, but also rabbits, small animals and birds. They provide them with the care they need to properly rehabilitate. In 2017, the organisation was able to rescue over 1,000 animals and place them in new, loving homes.  

You could get involved with RSPCA Derby by volunteering at the animal centre to help care for their residents, or assist with tasks like dog walking. You could also show your support through fundraising, or by sponsoring one of the animals at the centre - you'd then receive regular updates about their health and happiness.  


Cats Protection is a national charity that was first founded in London during the 1920s. To date, it's rescued over a million cats and kittens who have been abused, abandoned or can no longer be cared for thanks to its dozens of centres around the UK.  

You'll find a Cats Protection rescue centre just outside of Derby on Long Lane that's open 11am-3pm every day for people to meet the cats - and hopefully provide them with a new forever home. The charity also offers affordable neutering services to local cat owners, as well as having a charity shop in the city centre.  

There are a number of ways to help Cats Protection Derby, from volunteering to care and socialise with the animals in the rescue sanctuary, to taking on regular shifts at the shop. You could also get involved with the centre's marketing and admin, or help organise a fundraising charity event in Derby.  

To date, our players have raised over £3 Million for Cats Protection.

How Can You Show Your Support?

As well as playing People's Postcode Lottery, you can also help in other ways. Help some of Britain's more unfortunate animals by having a look at our Local Causes directory, to discover volunteering opportunities in your area.

Last updated: 10/03/2021

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