Why you should become a volunteer

For all of the animals in our care, the initial rescue is only half the story. The animals here desperately need to continue their rehabilitation through contact with our staff and volunteers. Whilst caring for their physical and mental needs, we need to ensure that all our pets can learn to trust again. Your help as a volunteer will literally help us save animals lives. Whether you choose to take an active part in animal welfare and recovery, or more of a support role with admin work, fundraising or many other activities, your time, dedication and commitment will be appreciated enormously. As a volunteer you’ll be fully trained, be part of a dedicated team and have the reward of seeing animals being suitably rehomed.

You’ll also be invited to open meetings where you can ask questions and air your views. You are also invited to take an active part in caring for the animals and join in our various fund-raising activities.

How to volunteer
Download the complete volunteer application pack from the foot of this web page. Complete the form and mail it back to us. Simple!

For insurance purposes, all volunteers must be over 18 years of age.  You will need to attend a training induction course for dog walking and cat grooming. These are run on a regular basis.

Become a Volunteer
Volunteers provide a vitally important role at Southridge and we could not care for or rehome nearly so many animals without their help and support. Volunteering is hard work but it’s hugely rewarding too. We always need more volunteers to assist all aspects of running the centre and ensure the animals here receive the best possible care.

Some ways you could help

  • If your lifestyle means that you can't have a dog of your own, dog walking is a great way to get out in the fresh air and blow away the cobwebs.

  • Many of the cats here can be quite nervous because of their past experiences. You can help by working in the cattery, grooming and playing with the cats and kittens.

  • Home visits are a vital step in the adoption process and are necessary to ensure that all animals are placed in a safe and compatible environment.
* Follow up visits ensure that animals are settling into their new homes after rehoming.

  • The Ridge Cafe is run by volunteers to provide a range of hot and cold refreshments.  The cafe is always in need of weekend staff.

  • The Meet and Greet desk is the first point of contact with the general public and is aimed at welcoming them into Southridge and answering any questions they may have. This takes pressure from RSPCA staff and allows them to rehome pets more quickly.

  • General gardening.

  • Ad Hoc Duties: As you can imagine there is a vast array of duties that need constant attention from the laundry to office admin, so whatever your skill base Southridge and the animals in their care will benefit from any time you can give and be very grateful for it.