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Volunteer for us

Opportunities to give your time, whether you can give a little or a lot

Giving your time is a wonderful gift to us. Volunteers have an indispensable role both at the rehoming centre assisting staff and representing us in our community. Each role – from getting stuck into our laundry to being in charge of a collection at an event – is an important part of the charity’s work as a whole. 

Together with you we can do the best for our animals and the charity.

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Current volunteer vacancies

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Please note that we do not currently have any dog walking or cattery volunteer vacancies.  We also cannot offer any volunteering placements for under 18s. 

Grounds and Maintenance - Seasonal

Now that spring has sprung, we have an excellent seasonal opportunity for those who love the great outdoors and wish to support the animals in our care. If you love to be outside and enjoy gardening, why not consider joining our team as a Grounds & Maintenance volunteer, supporting our maintenance team who look after our 10 acre site. 

About the Role

Our Grounds and Maintenance Volunteers play an integral role in the day-to-day running of our site and there are always plenty of tasks to get involved with. You should be confident to undertake general grass cutting using a ride-on lawnmower and other grass cutting equipment, for example pedestrian mowers, strimmers and brush cutters. Your key activities could include: 

  • Grounds maintenance including grass strimming, weeding beds, borders and pathways.
  • Maintenance of hedges and uncultivated areas - cutting back brambles, nettles and overgrowth.
  • Weeding and power washing kennel block paddocks.
  • Assisting the maintenance team with any current projects
  • Minor redecoration work as directed including internal and external finishes, fences and gates  

You will be volunteering at our home site and grounds at Claverton Down, Bath.

About You 

You will be a motivated and enthusiastic individual with a love for animals. This role requires elements of manual handling so you will need to be physically fit and this should be considered upon application. You will be a team player who is able to carefully follow instructions and relevant health and safety requirements for the position, for example the use of appropriate PPE. 

Full in person training will be provided by the maintenance team. Your hours will be flexible in line with current staffing levels, but during the spring and summer a weekly requirement of at least 2 hours is required. 

All volunteers are required to complete core online Health & Safety training prior to their start date. Due to insurance restrictions, we can only take on volunteers over the age of 18. 

Click the link below to complete an application form. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Hayley Crymble, Volunteer Engagement Manager, at hayleycrymble@bcdh.org.uk

Laundry Assistant

We are looking for friendly and organised volunteers to assist with sorting, washing and drying laundry, as well as keeping our laundry room tidy. This is an important role as the supply of clean bedding, towels and toys is essential for the welfare of our animals. You will be helping us keep them comfortable, warm and entertained.

In addition to making a difference to the animals in our care, you will get to know our friendly team and gain further insight into how the Home runs.

Our volunteer requirement for this role is on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between the hours of 09:00-16:00. A weekly commitment of 3-4 hours is preferred. 

Role Profile

As a laundry room assistant, you will support our staff and animals by washing towels, blankets and animal bedding. In addition to this, you will sort through the donated bedding and towels we receive and decide what items we can keep, what can be recycled and what we need to throw away, endeavouring to waste as little as possible. You will also be ensuring that the laundry room is always kept clean and tidy and checking that machines are in proper working order.

Your activities will include:

  • Cleaning and drying any laundry that is generated during the daily running of the centre
  • Folding and storing clean laundry which will include bedding and towels, toys and vet beds from our recovery suite
  • Sorting donated bedding and towels, deciding which can be used, recycled or disposed of
  • Keeping the laundry room tidy
  • Reporting any issues with the washing machines or tumble dryers to our site maintenance team

About You

This can sometimes be a messy task, so a willingness to get your hands dirty is essential as you will sometimes be cleaning soiled blankets, towels and vet beds used in our recovery suite. There is a manual handling element of the role, so this should be considered upon application.

You don’t need to have any prior experience, you will be given full onsite training on how to use our machines and where everything goes.

How to Apply

All volunteers are required to complete online Health & Safety training prior to their start date. Due to insurance restrictions, all volunteers must be over the age of 18.

Click the link below to complete an application form. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Hayley Crymble, Volunteer Engagement Manager, at hayleycrymble@bcdh.org.uk

Retail & E-Commerce Assistants - George Street

We have the opportunity for volunteers who have a passion for retail and animals to join the team at our brand new charity shop on George Street in the city centre. This is an exciting time for us and we are looking forward to growing a friendly team in this new retail hub for the charity. There are plenty of roles available to suit your interests and availability. 

The George Street shop is our retail hub as it is also home to our E-Commerce operation. The friendly team working at George Street are happy for potential volunteers to explore the areas that are of interest to them, so if you love researching books or obscure bands, possibly discovering that a donation could raise hundreds for us by being sold online, then perhaps you'd enjoy working within our E-Commerce team!

We are seeking more volunteers to join our bustling George Street team on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays or Sundays

Role Profile

Our shop volunteers play an integral role in the day-to-day running of our charity shops and the maximising of sales to support Bath Cats & Dogs Home. Whether you prefer working behind the scenes or on the shop floor in a customer facing role there are plenty of tasks to get involved with.

Your activities could include:

  • Assisting and serving customers on the till
  • Providing excellent customer service on the shop floor
  • Creating attractive displays and assisting with the visual merchandising of the shop
  • Receiving donations from the public and promoting our Gift Aid scheme
  • Assisting with the processing of donated stock, including sorting, steaming and hanging of items
  • Other daily tasks including cleaning, tidying, dusting and hoovering 

About You

You will be a motivated and enthusiastic individual with a love for animals. Good communication and customer care skills are key to a successful charity shop so the ability to work as part of a team and with the general public is desirable. There is a manual handling element to the role so this should be considered on application. The hours are flexible although we ask for a regular commitment of a few hours each week.

Full in person training will be provided for donation sorting and retail guidelines, as well as our waste management and recycling processes.

How to Apply

All staff and volunteers are required to complete online Health & Safety training prior to their start date. Due to insurance restrictions, we can only take on volunteers over the age of 18. 

Click on the link below complete the application form. If we feel that you are suitable for this role, you will then be invited for a taster session in the shop. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Hayley Crymble, Volunteer Engagement Manager on hayleycrymble@bcdh.org.uk.  

Retail Assistant - Bradford on Avon

Our shop in picturesque Bradford on Avon is seeking friendly volunteers to engage with customers on the shop floor and assist with behind the scenes tasks. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to expand and develop your retail skills within a charity environment and gain work experience, transferable to your CV. This voluntary role is a great way to meet new people, be part of a team, gain self-confidence and be a major part of helping unwanted and abandoned animals in need. There are plenty of opportunities here to meet your interests and availability. 

Role Profile

Our shop volunteers play an integral role in the day-to-day running of our charity shops and the maximising of sales to support Bath Cats & Dogs Home. Whether you prefer working behind the scenes or on the shop floor in a customer facing role there are plenty of tasks to get involved with.

Your activities could include:

  • Assisting and serving customers on the till
  • Providing excellent customer service on the shop floor
  • Creating attractive displays and assisting with the visual merchandising of the shop
  • Receiving donations from the public and promoting our Gift Aid scheme
  • Other daily tasks including cleaning, tidying, dusting and hoovering

About You

You will be an enthusiastic individual with a love for animals and charity shops. You will be well presented, friendly and enjoy meeting new people. It is vital you are reliable and trustworthy and able to offer a regular set of hours each week to fit with shop needs. Previous retail experience is an advantage but is not essential. There is a manual handling element to the role so this should be considered on application.

Full in person training will be provided for donation sorting and retail guidelines, as well as our waste management and recycling processes.

How to Apply

All staff and volunteers are required to complete online Health & Safety training prior to their start date. Due to insurance restrictions, we can only take on volunteers over the age of 18. 

Click on the link below complete the application form. If we feel that you are suitable for this role, you will then be invited for a taster session in the shop. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Hayley Crymble, Volunteer Engagement Manager on hayleycrymble@bcdh.org.uk.  

Retail Assistant - Frome

We have a fantastic opportunity for you to expand and develop your retail skills within a charity environment and gain work experience, transferable to your CV. This voluntary role is a great way to meet new people, be part of a team, gain self-confidence and be a major part of helping unwanted and abandoned animals in need. You'll be working in a busy shop in the bustling independent retail hub of Frome. 

Role Profile

Our charity shop in the popular town of Frome is in need of a chatty and personable volunteer to interact with customers and manage transactions as a Retail Assistant. If you're a people person with a passion for animals, this could be the volunteer role for you. There are plenty of four-legged furry visitors to the shop so you will also get to meet lots of canine supporters of Bath Cats & Dogs Home! 

Your activities could include:

  • Assisting and serving customers on the till
  • Providing excellent customer service on the shop floor
  • Creating attractive displays and assisting with the visual merchandising of the shop
  • Receiving donations from the public and promoting our Gift Aid scheme
  • Other daily tasks including cleaning, tidying, dusting and hoovering

We currently need volunteer support in the Frome shop Monday-Sunday and ask for a weekly commitment of 3-4 hours. 

About You

You will be an enthusiastic individual with a love for animals and charity shops. You will be well presented, friendly and enjoy meeting new people. It is vital you are reliable and trustworthy and able to offer a regular set of hours each week to fit with shop needs. Previous retail experience is an advantage but is not essential. There is a manual handling element to the role so this should be considered on application.

Full in person training will be provided for donation sorting and retail guidelines, as well as our waste management and recycling processes.

How to Apply

All staff and volunteers are required to complete online Health & Safety training prior to their start date. Due to insurance restrictions, we can only take on volunteers over the age of 18. 

Click on the link below complete the application form. If we feel that you are suitable for this role, you will then be invited for a taster session in the shop. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Hayley Crymble, Volunteer Engagement Manager on hayleycrymble@bcdh.org.uk.  

Dog Fosterer

Fostering provides respite to dogs struggling with kennel life, as well as enabling puppies to spend important developmental stages in a home environment. In line with our ongoing work to deliver gold-standard welfare to the animals in our care, we are currently in need of dog fosterers who live in an adult-only household with no other pets. 

Role Profile

The purpose of a fosterer is to provide safe and loving care in their own home to their foster animals adhering to Bath Cats & Dogs Home’s guidance and processes. You will be an important factor in your foster dog or puppy’s rehabilitation, socialisation, and rehoming journey. All costs are covered by Bath Cats & Dogs Home, foster animals will be provided with food, bedding, toys and any medication required.

As a volunteer fosterer, you will:

  • Provide a safe and loving home for your foster dog or puppy for an agreed time period.
  • Take care of their daily needs including feeding them, cleaning their living area, spending time with them to improve their socialisation and for those who need it, grooming.
  • For dogs or puppies with ongoing medical conditions, administer their medication or provide any extra care they may need.
  • Bring them to our on-site vet suite for vet appointments.
  • Keep in regular contact with our Foster Coordinator to provide updates on their progress, submit behavioural assessments and send us photos to support the Rehoming Team to find your foster dog or puppy’s forever home.
  • Bring them to the Home for scheduled rehoming appointments.

About You

Previous experience of owning or fostering a dog is not essential but is desirable. We are interested in speaking to potential fosterers who either own their own home or have permission from their landlord to keep pets. It is essential that you have a valid driver’s licence and access to a car to foster a dog or puppy. As you will need to visit us on a regular basis for appointments, and we are unfortunately unable to reimburse travel costs, potential fosterers should live within a 30-minute drive to Bath Cats & Dogs Home.

If you are an animal lover who has the time to give a dog that is struggling with kennel life, a nursing mum and her puppies, or a dog with medical issues who is waiting for their forever home, then we would love to hear from you!

We want to set you up for success and introduce you to fellow volunteer fosterers who can share their knowledge and experience with you. Therefore, we will host monthly training inductions for new dog fosterers.

How to Apply

All staff and volunteers are required to complete online Health & Safety training prior to their start date. Due to insurance restrictions, we can only take on volunteers over the age of 18.

Click on the link below complete the application form. If we feel that you are suitable for this role, you will then be contacted by our Foster Coordinator for a more detailed discussion of the role responsibilities.


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