Thinking of Volunteering for the RSPCA?

Charities depend on the kindness and goodwill of members of the public to enable them to do their vital work. They need donations of money and resources to help them to help others, but they also need people to give up some of their time to do the physical day-to-day work involved in running a charity.

The RSPCA is a well-known animal charity that has lots of local branches throughout the country that give sanctuary and care to abandoned, abused or neglected pets and animals; it also runs regional wildlife centres and hospitals and clinics dedicated to providing medical care to animals that need it.

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Each shelter, shop, centre, clinic or hospital needs help from volunteers: they may need help with keeping displays in a shop tidy and attractive or balancing the books in the office; they may need someone to feed the animals or give them exercise and attention. The RSPCA employs certain people to work full- or part-time in specialist, trained roles (such as their Inspectors, who go out and investigate concerns or allegations of abuse or neglect) but if it had to pay every person who worked for the charity there would be no money available to care for the animals. So volunteering is central to the RSPCA’s viability as charity.

If you are thinking of volunteering for the RSPCA, perhaps because you love animals or admire the work that the RSPCA is involved in, then have a look at the RSPCA’s website for information about the latest vacancies in your area. You can discover what skills you already possess and find out where those skills could be put to best use: many people who are new to volunteering say that they don’t have any skills, when really they simply take their skills for granted. For instance, you may take it for granted that you are personable and a good communicator, but both of these skills are ideal for working with others in a shop, say.

If you have your heart on volunteering at a shelter because you want to work directly with animals then there are a number of roles that you might want to consider. Shelters need help with cleaning cages and washing animals; they may also need help promoting their shelter and the animals in their care to encourage more people to come forward to adopt: if you are tech-savvy then perhaps you could help with designing web content for the shelter. Whatever your role, you will be around the animals and have the opportunity to get to spend time with them and form a connection with them. You might end up adopting and bringing one or two home with you!

Remember though that all the work undertaken by the RSPCA benefits animals, whether directly or indirectly. Whether you answer phone calls, put up posters advertising fundraising events or just shake a collecting tin in the street, every minute you can spare can be put to good use by the RSPCA.

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