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Volunteer at Dogs Trust


Volunteers are an integral part of the Dogs Trust team. We are very fortunate to have over 270 volunteers helping us at our Rehoming Centre, and we could not achieve our mission without them.

Volunteers help in many aspects of our vital and lifesaving work, whether it is raising money at our events or in our shop, giving a dog waiting for its new home some extra love and attention, or ensuring our centre looks welcoming and attractive to visitors and potential adopters. Every role is so important to us and our success. 

Over the last year we have cared for almost 3,000 dogs and our volunteers gave a phenomenal total of 6,894 hours of their precious time to Dogs Trust. 

By volunteering at Dogs Trust you could make a real difference to a dog’s life.

Volunteer Roles:

Volunteer Canine Assistant:

This role would be great for anyone pursuing a career in animal welfare and who wants to work directly with dogs. It is important to note that this role is physically demanding and requires a good level of fitness. These volunteers work directly with our rehoming centre staff to ensure that our animal accommodation and facilities are cleaned, maintained and in excellent conditions for our dogs. As well as providing essential exercise, enrichment and care for the dogs. Part of our Canine Carer daily routine is to clean out the kennels, which involves washing bedding and cleaning floors, windows and walls. Help from volunteers’ enables our Canine Carers to dedicate more of their time to one-to-one training with dogs, which is crucial in helping them find their forever home.

Volunteer Application Form DOCX 345 KB

Volunteer Canine Assistant Guidance Notes DOCX 354 KB

Volunteer Home Visitor:

This role is suitable for people with excellent customer service skills, who are confident with face to face communication and have a common sense approach to problem solving. This role plays an important part in viewing the environment and garden security of prospective new homes whilst ensuring that all customers receive a first class level of service. Volunteers need to be aged 25 years or over with a full clean driving license.

Volunteer Application Form DOCX 345 KB

Volunteer Home Visitor Guidance Notes DOCX 355 KB

Volunteer Maintenance & Gardening Assistant:

If you enjoy being outdoors and gardening then this role is for you. This role will include general gardening duties and carrying out ad hoc maintenance tasks. Experience of basic maintenance and grounds work, gardening and using tools would be advantageous, although not essential. Volunteers must be reasonably fit in order to carry out this role, have a can do attitude and the ability to recognise their own limitations.

Volunteer Application Form DOCX 345 KB

Volunteer Maintenance and Gardening Assistant DOCX 351 KB

Volunteer Shop Assistant:

This volunteering role may be suitable for you if you enjoy meeting new people and want to gain retail experience. No specific experience is necessary, just a positive, hardworking and can do attitude. Our shop is an important part of our fundraising income with the purpose being to raise funds to help support and care for dogs waiting for their new homes and to raise local awareness for the charity. Volunteer Shop Assistants help support the work of the charity by ensuring that customers receive the best possible service and help with the smooth running of the shop.

Volunteer Application Form DOCX 345 KB

Volunteer Shop Assistant Guidance Form DOCX 354 KB

Volunteer FAQs:

Q: How do I apply to become a volunteer?

A: Complete and return the application form relative to the advertised position you are interested in (applications are available on our website or at our Rehoming Centre). Application guidelines are available to assist you in completing the form.

Q: How long does the process take?

A: It is difficult to determine how long the process will take as it is dependant on the number of applications received. However, we will do our utmost to complete the selection process in a timely manner and respond to you accordingly.  Once your application has been received and the selection process has been completed, references will be requested, if successful. Once all the necessary documentation has been received and verified you will be invited to attend an Induction Course.

Q: When can I volunteer?

A: Upon completion of the Induction course we will arrange for you to attend a training session (relative to the position applied for) after which you are all set to volunteer with us.   A weekly rota will be drawn up for all volunteers. Our Volunteer & Foster Home Co-ordinator will notify you of your days and times, in advance. Days and times will vary dependant on which role you are applying for.

Q: Who is my main point of contact? Who do I talk to if I have a query?

A: The main point of contact is your Volunteer & Foster Home Co-ordinator, Samantha Fogarty. If Sam is unavailable, our Volunteer Assistant, Jennifer will be able to assist you. You can also liaise with Aisling, our Volunteer Administrator on Reception. Contact details for Sam and Aisling are [email protected] and [email protected] / Phone 01 879 1838 (Aisling) 01 879 1851 (Sam)

Q: How old you do you have to be to Volunteer?

A: Volunteers need to be at least 18 years of age. Home Visitor Volunteers need to be at least 25 years of age with a full clean driving license.

Q: Are there canteen facilities?

A: Volunteers are welcome to use the fully equipped staff kitchen. We advise you to bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee facilities available on site.

Q: Do I have to have a tetanus?

A: It is recommended that any volunteer who wishes to have contact with our doggies have an up to date tetanus. Some of the puppies in our care will not have been vaccinated so as a precaution it is advised to have an up to date tetanus.

Q: What should I wear?

A: It is advisable to wear loose, comfortable clothing and suitable all-weather footwear. Layer up as you never know if you will be working indoors or outdoors and our Irish weather is a little unpredictable!!

Q: What will I be doing?

A: A full outline of the job description that you are applying for is available on our website and in the Rehoming Centre. Please do not apply for a position that you cannot regularly commit to.

Q: How do I get to the Rehoming Centre on public transport?

A: The 103 bus stops outside the Centre on arrival from town. The bus stop for going back into town is about a 10 minute walk from the Centre.

Q: Do I need to let you know if I cannot come in on a day that I’m scheduled?

A: Yes please. We would be most grateful if you could either phone in or email in advance so that we can arrange alternative cover for your shift.