Volunteering vacancies in Salisbury

Current volunteer vacancies

Without the kind support and generosity of our volunteers, we would simply not manage to achieve what we do. Volunteers bring many skills and experiences to our team so please get in touch if you're interested in one of our volunteer vacancies.

Dog foster carers needed in the South West

We are looking for dedicated Foster Carers to help care for some of our dogs who prefer to be outside of kennel life for various reasons as part of our Home from Home fostering scheme.

We're particularly in need of people who live in a household with no children and have no other dogs or cats.

To apply you must meet the following criteria:

  • Over the age of 18
  • Able to travel to your local our rehoming centre regularly.

To find out more and to start your application contact our Home from Home coordinator:

Home from Home Assistant

Would you like to become a Home from Home assistant and give a helping hand to our dogs who are in foster homes?

This flexible (as and when basis) role involves driving our Dogs Trust vehicle to and from foster homes. This could be taking out vital supplies for the dogs or transporting a dog to or from our centre.

A full valid driving license, and the ability drive a Dogs Trust vehicle comfortably will be required for this post. The majority of our foster homes are within an hour from the centre.

Find out more about the Home from Home assistant role:

Home From Home Assistant Description PDF 274 KB

How to apply

Volunteer Gardener and Grounds Assistant

If you like to keep active and enjoy working outside, we would love to hear from you. Dogs Trust Salisbury is very fortunate to have a large area of walking fields which requires regular maintaining throughout the year.

Some of the common tasks involved in this role are:

  • Keeping the centre tidy and presentable
  • Weeding paths and compounds
  • Cutting grass and hedgerows
  • Painting fences (we have lots of fences)
  • Planting and looking after flowers
  • Cleaning our dog paddling pools
  • Cleaning Dogs Trust vehicles (inside and out)

Anyone who holds qualifications or certificates in using garden machinery would be welcome to apply. Find out more about the Volunteer Gardeners and Grounds assistant role:

Volunteer Gardener Grounds Assistant Description PDF 285 KB

How to apply

Volunteer Administrators / Volunteer Meet and Greet or Reception

Commitment Required: 2 hours or more – every other weekend

Our team of administration and reception volunteers work closely with Dogs Trust employees on a wide and changing range of tasks at the centre. Both front of house within our reception team, as well as behind the scenes in the offices.

If you enjoy administration work, and/or chatting with the general public, this could be the volunteer role for you. Being well organised and an attention to detail will hugely benefit anyone wishing to apply for this volunteer role. We will provide training and can adapt this role to your area of interest.

Some tasks in this role could include:

  • Scanning and Copying files
  • Using computers to carry out data processing
  • Updating dog files
  • Using the phone and emailing
  • Creating documents and forms using MS Office
  • Creating display boards to promote our dogs
  • Manning reception desk and taking messages
  • Compiling information for reports

Find out more about our Volunteer Administrator role or our Volunteer Meet and Greet or Reception role:

Volunteer Meet Greet Assistant Role Description PDF 274 KB

How to apply

Volunteer Canine Assistants

Commitment Required: 2-3 hours per week - Mon-Sun / AM or PM

We are currently recruiting a Volunteer Canine Assistant to assist the Canine Carers and ensure our animal accommodation facilities are cleaned, maintained and in excellent condition, as well as providing essential exercise and enrichment activities for the dogs.

This role is a physically demanding and will require a lot of walking and cleaning activities.

Some tasks in this role could include:

  • Deep/Spot cleaning of Kennels
  • Preparing the kennels for Dogs
  • Making enrichment items for our dogs (especially frozen treats)
  • Preparing and making up feeds
  • Spending time in our TBA house with our dogs
  • Walking and exercising Dogs (dependant on suitable dogs at the centre)
  • Restocking Kennel Kitchens of food and supplies
  • Cleaning Kitchens and Corridors
  • Transporting Dogs to and from the vet clinic

Find out more about our Volunteer Canine Assistant role:

Volunteer Canine Assistant Description PDF 191 KB

How to apply


Jo, Dog Foster Carer, Dogs Trust Salisbury

Jo has been a foster carer for Dogs Trust Salisbury since 2017. As well as helping us care for more than 30 rescue dogs, she has also taken the time to hand paint a picture of every single dog that has come into her home. From Collies to Terriers, puppies to oldies, each one has given her hours of relaxation as she captures their likeness whilst they sleep.

“I studied Fine Art a few years ago but life got in the way and I had not picked up a paint brush for some time. But once I started fostering, our doggy visitors inspired me to revive my love of painting. I have always been inspired by nature, wildlife and animals, so I like to use the time to sit quietly during an evening, with a tired dog curled up by my side and draw and paint away. It’s very therapeutic for both of us.”


How to apply

To apply for any of our volunteer vacancies simply:

Please note: You must be at least 18 years old for any of our volunteer roles. It is with regret we are unable to provide any work experience or placements at Dogs Trust. Find out more about becoming a volunteer.

Volunteering Frequently Asked Questions:

I am unable to offer a weekly commitment on the same day of the week.

This role of Volunteer Canine Assistant requires a regular weekly commitment to help us ensure we can provide our kennel staff with the help, support and continuity needed to maintain an effective working environment.

I cannot commit to the timings for the Volunteer Canine Assistant shift between 8-11am?

Unfortunately, this role requires attendance between 8-11am as this is when most of our kennel tasks take place. An afternoon shift may be introduced in the near future so please check back if this is more suitable or take a look at our other volunteering roles.

What footwear/clothing will I need to wear?

We provide volunteers with a volunteer t-shirt and a high-visibility vest when they are outside. We also provide any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required.

Please note that suitable footwear is required for walking dogs.  No open footwear such as flip flops may be worn for health and safety purpose. Volunteer Canine Assistants will also be required to provide wellies whilst cleaning the kennels.