On behalf of all of us here at the Dogs' Refuge Home, thank you for your interest in volunteering with us. We rely on our wonderful team of volunteers to ensure our four-legged friends receive the love and care they deserve.
Importantly, for the welfare of our beloved dogs and for your own personal safety and wellbeing, there are a number of strict criteria that our volunteers must be able to meet. Theses include;
1. You must be 18 years or over.
2. You must be able to commit to at least 4 hours of volunteering per fortnight.
This is to ensure consistency with the animals and also so that you are with us often enough to be able to adequately familiarise yourself with our procedures and the animals that will be entrusted to your care. Familiar faces help build relationships and make our dogs more suitable for adoption.
3. You must be physically fit and capable of carrying out the duties and tasks that might be assigned to you.
Walking our dogs is a heart-warming experience but can also be physically challenging. Whilst we have a variety of big dogs and small dogs some of our pooches are very strong and quite boisterous. You will need to be able to maintain a strong grip on their lead and be able to control the dog at all times.
4. You must be able to read and write and have regular email access.
Strict instructions relating to the individual behaviour and specific care of each dogs is handwritten on each kennel door. You must be able to read these instructions and make notations of your own to alert the Kennel Supervisor of any matters that may need to be bought to her attention.
5. You must be mentally fit and able to comprehend and follow the directions given to you and be able to fully understand the processes documented in our Dog Carers Manual.
Procedures are in place to ensure that our Volunteers enter and exit the kennels in an appropriate and controlled step-by-step manner. For your own safety and for the safety of our dogs, Volunteers must be able to fully understand and follow directions, adhere to our processes, and do so without supervision.
We hope that you can appreciate our need to ensure that all of these criteria are met, but if you have any queries at all then please contact our Volunteer Coordinator to discuss in greater detail.
There are a number of ways you can help at the Dogs’ Refuge Home:
To assist in providing our dogs with a consistent level of basic training and to ensure newcomers are aware of how to correctly handle our dogs, all volunteer dog walkers are required to undergo induction training. The induction training is held fortnightly on a Saturday from 8.45am to midday and you must pre-register to attend. A fee of $25 applies to attend the training.
We rely on our wonderful team of volunteers to walk our dogs daily however they can’t do it alone. In an effort to enhance our dogs’ time in kennels, we have introduced a Canine Carers volunteer program. The Canine Carers’ role will be to sit in kennels with our dogs and essentially make the dogs’ time in kennel a little more enjoyable. The training will cover basic dog handling, canine massage techniques and kennel enrichment. Please note, Canine Carers role is solely in kennels and Canine Carers will not be able to walk dogs.
All volunteers are required to attend a Volunteer Information Session before applying to volunteer at the Home. Application forms are available for completion at the Information Sessions. Please see details below.
We can always use a hand to stay on top of the mountains of bedding used by our dogs. Help in the laundry is required on afternoons or anytime on the weekend.
Maintenance & Gardening
If you are a qualified tradesperson, your skills would be invaluable in maintaining our aging premises and we would be incredibly appreciative of your help and support.
We rely on the generosity of the community to continue our good work. Why not choose the Dogs’ Refuge Home as the beneficiary of your next school or office fundraiser? Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator on 9381 8166 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org to request your fundraising kit.
We also require volunteers to assist throughout the year at our official Dogs’ Refuge Home fundraising events.
Looking for a corporate volunteering opportunity? Look no further than the Dogs’ Refuge Home. We have a number of opportunities available for corporate groups. Please email our Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com for further information and to book in a date.
Thank you for your interest. Please note, we are not taking volunteer applications at present as we have a waitlist for training. Please contact us in September for an update on volunteering vacancies. Thank you.