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Committed to making a difference, with

Your Local RSPCA Charity


Volunteer Recruitment is: Closed for Christmas, 
Applications will reopen in the new year.

 Please note that the number of volunteer slots available is determined by use of a roster and you will be expected to keep to your weekly designated slot unless otherwise agreed.

All our volunteers must be aged 18 or over and we prefer that you reside within our catchment area.

Click here to see if your postcode is listed within our catchment area.

The Application Process

We rely upon the dedication and support of our volunteers to assist in the care of our animals. 

To join our team as a volunteer please apply by clicking the application link below.

After clicking the Apply Now link at the bottom of this page , it will take you through the application process.

This involves: Volunteer application form & online medical questionnaire.

You will then be sent a further link to complete a number of short online training courses.

From this point onwards you will be invited into the Animal Centre to meet our Volunteer Coordinator for a short induction.

After this, you are ready to start volunteering! 

Practical Animal Care Dogs & CATS
This involves starting your day at 8:30am, you will assist the staff with cleaning, feeding, grooming and socialising the animals here at the Centre. You will need to be motivated and reasonably physically fit, as the work can be strenuous.

You will also need to be vaccinated against tetanus.






Please note that we will only be able to offer you specific days and you will be expected to commit to attending consistently / on regular basis. Voluntary hours for a full day will be from 08:30 to 17:00, or your hours can be individually agreed for morning or afternoon depending on available slots.

It would be helpful if you could indicate whether or not you have a preference for working with the dogs, or cats, or would like to do both.

Dog Walking & Socialising

Dog walking is normally from 11:00am onwards and slots must be pre-booked throughout the day. You must also be reasonably physically fit and need to be vaccinated against tetanus.

Charity shop work
Our Charity Shop can be found on Eastbank Street in Southport. The work usually involves working on the till, steaming the clothes, pricing and labelling items, sorting items, and changing window displays. On the job training will be given.



Are you able to hold an event for us, or undertake a sponsored event? Could you hold a bake sale? If you have an idea to fundraise for the Animal Centre, please get in contact with our reception team on 

 You do not need to apply to be a volunteer 


Are you able to hold an event for us, or undertake a sponsored event? Could you hold a bake sale? Do you have time and space in your home to offer to a cat or dog in need of extra T.L.C?

If send a completed Perfect Match for to

You do not need to apply below, we conduct a separte induction for our fostering team.


Volunteer induction & Training

For most roles, you must complete and pass online induction training courses as indicated below, before attending a further short induction course at the Animal Centre (prior to starting as a volunteer.) Further instructions including links to the online training will be given during the electronic application process.

Practical Animal Care (Cats & Dogs), Dog Walking, Animal Socialising, and Charity Shop roles:

1. General Health & Safety

2. Manual Handling

3. Fire

Support Workers and Carers will also need to complete a volunteer application form and later, associated medical questionnaires and induction training. If several support workers or Carers have been assigned to you, they should all complete the same induction process in order to safely support or care for you whilst fulfilling your voluntary role. Both you and primary Support Worker / Carer will be invited to the Animal Centre to discuss what sort of support / care you will need to enable you to fulfil the proposed volunteering activities. Please note that this discussion will enable our risk assessments to be dynamically tailored to your needs, or may also require the proposed volunteering activities to be varied.

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