Volunteering and Work Experience
Volunteers (dog walkers, etc.) are an important part of the Dogs Trust team.
We have a wonderful team of full-time dedicated canine carers at every Rehoming Centre, but with so many dogs to look after an extra pair of hands is often much appreciated!
If you're interested in giving us the very valuable gift of your time, please contact the Rehoming Centre directly. You'll find a list of Centres, including maps, directions and a post code search, in our rehoming section. Please note that for insurance reasons, volunteers working with dogs must be 16 or older, and centres might not accept volunteers under the age of 18. Work Experience may be treated differently from general volunteering (see below).
You can also download a leaflet about volunteering at Dogs Trust, including the different ways you might be helping out and contact information for all our centres.
Work experience at Dogs Trust is offered on a very limited basis due to the time and resources needed to ensure the experience is productive and safe for every candidate.
At Head Office (Islington, London)
- There are up to four places available every year for this. It is a good idea to request consideration as early as possible, as we cannot consider any more requests for this year.
At a Rehoming Centre
- We do not generally agree to work experience requests at centres because of the very limited time available to train candidates. Canine care jobs require certain skills and experience, and it takes a great deal of time and resources to ensure a candidate and centre can gain anything useful from the experience.
Other ways to help
If you're too far from a Centre, there are also other ways to lend your skills, such as personal fundraising. Every pound and penny counts towards helping us care for more dogs and keep our promise to never put down a healthy dog.