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Volunteering at RSPCA Darwin Regional Branch Inc.

More than 2,500 abused, abandoned or neglected animals come to RSPCA Darwin needing care and shelter every year. We operate with 8 full time and 4 casual paid staff, and approximately 50 regular volunteers.

These are the main reasons why volunteers are the backbone and life blood of the society. Without volunteers, we would simply cease to operate. Their dedication, their time, their energy and their skills are what make us who we are, and what will make us who we become. With each new volunteer that joins us, our positive impact on the lives of animals grows stronger.

Volunteering just might change your life – it’s changed ours. And it will certainly change the lives of many animals in our care.

You can do that.

Would you like to use your time and talents to help abandoned animals? If so, you are well on the way to becoming an RSPCA Volunteer!

Volunteering is a rewarding experience and opportunities exist to assist with animal care, administrative work, events, customer service, fundraising and maintenance.

How do I apply?

RSPCA Darwin Volunteers must be fully inducted and 16 years of age and over. (Refer below for further details if under the age of 16 years)

RSPCA Darwin reserves the right to refuse paid or unpaid employment to those who do not meet our age, security or Occupational Health & Safety requirements.

For more information about volunteering, please:

Can I come and volunteer on Christmas Day or Boxing Day?

Unfortunately not. Due to the amount of training required with each position, we are unable to take volunteers for just one or two days.

Another way to help out over the holiday period is by donating food or toys to the animals - something from Santa Paws to go underneath the Christmas Tree!

Do I need to have experience working with animals to volunteer at the RSPCA?

No you don't! Most of our volunteers have no formal experience, just a love of animals and a passion to assist the RSPCA.

I am allergic to cats/dogs; will this preclude me from volunteering at the RSPCA?

If you have a cat allergy, you can work with the dogs and vice-versa. It does however depend on the severity of your allergy - there is a lot of animal fur around here! If you do suffer from allergies you can just register to help out at our many events which don’t always include animals.

I am under 18. Can I volunteer with the RSPCA?

RSPCA Darwin at 80 Boulter Road, Berrimah, relies on volunteers to assist the shelter staff in many different roles on a daily basis. Due to the requirements of our insurance policy, animal safety and well-being, and the safety of our volunteers, all volunteers at RSPCA Darwin must be aged 16 years and over. Volunteers are not able to be fully supervised by staff members. Volunteers are required to be responsible for their own transport to and from the shelter.

If you are under the age of 16 years, we do support your request to volunteer with RSPCA Darwin and encourage you to contact via email: volunteer@rspcadarwin.org.au and become involved as a Community Fundraiser and Friend of RSPCA Darwin. There are many tasks you can do that assist the animals such as making enrichment toys, school and community fundraising and generating awareness. For a Community Fundraiser and Friend information sheet please get in touch today.

Can I bring my children with me when I am volunteering if I supervise them at all times?

All volunteers must be fully inducted and over the age of 16 years.

Can I undertake my Work for the Dole hours at the RSPCA?

Please call the shelter for more information.

I'd like to volunteer for just one day. Can I do that?

Due to the amount of training required, we are unable to take volunteers for just one day.

What is the process to become a volunteer? Why can't I start immediately?

Once you have decided to volunteer please download a volunteer form. Please ensure you fill in all parts of the form. It can then be returned via email or drop into the shelter during opening hours. Our volunteer coordinator will then process your form and contact you to advise of the next induction day.

Can I do Work Experience or Prac at the RSPCA?

We do take work experience students from High School (16 years plus) or University. To check dates and availability, please contact us.