Covid-19 update: our rehoming centres aren’t open for public browsing, but we’re still rehoming and taking in dogs, with measures in place to keep staff and adopters safe. Find out more about how national Covid-19 restrictions are affecting our rehoming procedures and other activity.


Important update

We have been overwhelmed with the offers of help that have flooded in over the last few weeks from members of the dog-loving public to volunteer with us and we’ve appreciated every single offer to help. However, based on the latest Government advice, we have not accepted any new volunteering applicants and have temporarily now closed applications for any new volunteers. We have also advised our existing volunteers to stay at home and keep safe for the time being. We are however, closely monitoring the situation and taking guidance from the Government as to how best to support our community of volunteers.

Find out more about how we're responding to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Volunteers are an integral part of the Dogs Trust team.

Volunteers help in many aspects of our vital and lifesaving work across the whole of Dogs Trust.  whether it is raising money at our events or in charity shops, giving a dog waiting for it’s new home some extra love and attention, or ensuring our centres look welcoming and attractive to visitors and potential adopters. Every role is so important to us and our success.

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What do our volunteers do?

Over the last year we have cared for over 15,000 dogs and our volunteers gave a phenomenal total of 215,584 hours of their precious time to Dogs Trust. By volunteering at Dogs Trust you could make a real difference to a dog’s life.

We are very fortunate to have over 3,500 volunteers helping us all over the UK, and we could not achieve our mission without them.

Rehoming Centre Volunteers

From helping to care for our dogs to tending to the centre grounds and gardens, there are lots of roles on offer at our centres.

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Charity Shop Volunteers

If you have an eye for fashion or want to help raise money for Dogs Trust, why not volunteer at one of our Charity Shops, we have plenty of roles for you to get involved with.

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Dog Fostering

If you could take care of a dog in your home temporarily, we're always on the lookout for foster carers.

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Dog School

Assist our Dog School Coaches at one of our dog training classes to help dogs learn the skills they need. Find your nearest Dog School for contact details.

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How do I become a volunteer?

First you’ll need to identify a suitable role at one of our Rehoming Centres or charity shops. Once you have found the role you’re interested in, please complete an application form and return it to your chosen location. From here, we’ll consider your application against the role criteria and if you’re a good match we will invite you in for an informal interview.

Volunteering Tails

Wondering what it’s like to volunteer at Dogs Trust? Hear directly from our volunteers in our video series, Volunteering Tails.

Got another question?

Take a look at our Frequently Asked Volunteering Questions:

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