Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us! 

Due to operational requirements, we are seeking volunteers with an interest in working in our cattery, grounds team, or events team. Cattery volunteers support our cleaning, feeding, enrichment and adopting, grounds volunteers maintain our shelters appearance and safety, and events volunteers help make it possible for us to attend community events, fundraisers and more.

If you are interested in working with our animals at our shelter, please be aware that for safety and training purposes all new casual volunteers starting with us are required to first volunteer in our cattery. This allows us to ensure you are trained in a low risk environment in all of our animal care processes and procedures. From here, once we are confident in your skills and capabilities we can then look to begin to upskill you in other areas of our shelter including quarantine sections and with our dogs. 

If you are interested in working with us in our cattery, grounds or events roles, please jump online to our websites volunteer page and submit the relevant application form. From there, if you are successful in your application and have the skills and availabilities to support our volunteer roster we will be in touch via email to arrange an induction, onsite training and your first shifts. Due to the high volume of enquiries we receive and the small size of our team, this process can take a few weeks, and we appreciate your patience in this time.  

Please note that due to insurance requirements all volunteers must be a minimum of 18 years and older. 

Thank you again for your support.  


Corporate Volunteering

Are you looking for a meaningful way to engage your team while helping animals? RPSCA Darwin offers corporate volunteering days, where your team can come and assist with projects or general tasks together. Due to health and safety reasons, walking dogs is only a limited component of the day since it requires a lot of training to do without supervision. Instead, you help the animals by improving their shelter.

Examples of activities you might find yourself doing include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Painting kennels or buildings or facilities.
  • Building enrichment items such as jumps, sniffing items or toys.
  • Giving attention and socialisation to the cats.
  • Helping move or prepare materials.
  • If your team have special skills that they would like to use to help the animals (e.g. building, administration, health and safety etc.) please do let us know.

Please email volunteer@rspcadarwin.org.au to chat about opportunities for your team.

Junior Volunteering

(8-18 years of age)
If you are under 18, unfortunately for insurance purposes we are unable to allow you to volunteer or obtain work
experience directly with the animals. However, we do have a strong need of community fundraising volunteers, and would love junior volunteers to get involved. Please email
volunteer@rspcadarwin.org.au to find out about how you can help prior to turning 18.


Work Experience

RSPCA Darwin staff are usually very busy and can find it hard to dedicate time to supervising students doing work
experience. If you are doing a Certificate and are able to commit to a regular volunteering shift over a number of months, we may be able to assist in some cases – be sure to note this request when applying to volunteer. Please email reception@rspcadarwin.org.au if you have any questions.