Volunteering at RSPCA Darwin Regional Branch Inc.

Over 1,200 abandoned, stray, unwanted or neglected animals are accepted by The RSPCA every year. We provide medical care, comfort and enrichment to these animals as well as the basic requirements such as food and shelter.

Our 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 13 years of age and over. (Refer below for further details if under the age of 13 years and in between the ages of 13-17 years old)

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:

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, time commitment and a passion to assist the RSPCA. If you do have experience, please let us know, we aim to utilize your skills and talents in all areas we might need support in, whether it is animal handling, photography, events, painting, maintenance, or a great idea that you can think of.

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 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 13 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.

Volunteers aged between 13-17 years must be fully supervised by a parent, carer or supervisor (over the age of 18 years). If you are aged between 13-17 years, staff are not available to fully supervise you at the shelter or events.

If you can get a parent, carer or supervisor who is over the age of 18 years to volunteer with you, that is fine. You would need to be fully supervised by this person on site at all times. The person, along with you, need to fill out an application and would need to be fully inducted.

If you are are under 13 years old, or under 18 years old and are unable to volunteer onsite with a supervisor, we do support your request to volunteer with RSPCA Darwin and encourage you to contact us via email  to our Volunteer Coordinator on volunteer@rspcadarwin.org.au. We encourage young people who love animals and want to become involved in animal welfare to participate in other activities throughout the year such as Million Paws Walk and Cupcake Day. There are many tasks you can do that assist the animals such as making enrichment toys, school and community fundraising, school tours and visits and generating awareness of the great work we do for animals. 

We can add you to a register of like-minded young people and inform you of activities and ways to support our local companion animals in need. contact volunteer@rspcadarwin.org.a

Once you turn 18 years old, we look forward to having you involved as a much needed RSPCA Darwin Volunteer. 

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 13 years.

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

Yes we encourage the Work for the Dole program at the shelter and often dedicated workers have move into paid positions at the shelter. We have many projects, types of work and opportunities for people who are available through the Work for the Dole program. 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 and copy your ID. If possible please scan your application as one document (including a copy of your ID) and return via email to volunteer@rspcadarwin.org.au. Alternatively drop it into the shelter during opening hours or send through the post. Once your application has been received, our volunteer coordinator will then process your form and contact you via email to advise of the next induction day. You need to confirm your induction day via email reply as numbers are limited.

Inductions take up to an hour, you will be given a tour of the shelter, you get to meet the animals and learn about how your role will enrich their lives. There are also many volunteer positions that may be available such as:

  • Dog walking
  • Puppy Play
  • Cat Cuddling
  • Cleaning Office and Reception
  • Cleaning, feeding adoptions
  • Small Animal Care
  • Adoption Assistants - On a roster for weekends
  • Maintenance, gardening and lawn mowing
  • Community Fundraisers with the Volunteer Community Fundraising Teams
  • Administration
  • Foster Care - contact coordinator@rspcadarwin.org.au 
  • Major Events including Million Paws Walk, Save the Paw Ball, Cupcake Day, Trivia Nights

Once you are inducted you can start immediately! Volunteer hours are from 8.30 am to close of business daily. We do encourage you to commit to regular weekly or fortnightly visits if possible. 

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.

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