Animal Rescue Volunteer

  • VO94575
  • Suitable for groups


We rely on the help of the many volunteers who give their time and their talents to us freely. We always need dedicated and reliable volunteers that can help out and new volunteers are always welcome.

There are many volunteering opportunities including working directly with our dogs, manual and maintenance, fostering, becoming a home checker, fundraising and helping at our events. Yet for safety reasons, we ask you to start off as a general volunteer with us and once you have gained the trust of our rescues, then you can start to volunteer directly with our dogs.

Volunteering not only benefits our dogs but also provides lots of benefits for our volunteers too including:

  • Meeting like-minded people who are passionate about animal welfare
  • Gaining new skills or developing existing ones
  • Gaining a sense of achievement by doing something rewarding
  • Putting something back into the community
  • Developing personal skills and confidence

Please note that if you wish to volunteer at the centre, it does involve physical work and due to our location your own transport is essential.

For on-site roles you will be invited to attend an induction course with our team when you will be asked to show ID and full proof of address before you can take up a volunteering role with us.

On site sessions will currently be at our principle site in Ayr.

The different types of sessions are as follows:

CORE session – daytime, on site including poop picking, kennel cleaning and water checks.
SUPPORT sessions – other on-site activities which may include any of the activities listed below as required by SRS at the time.
SORT session – on site (or may be at home) sorting and preparing donations (daytime or evening).
BARTER session – offsite (with on-site collection – requires transport) supporting with bartering deals made, collecting donations and may also include help with taking washing to the large wash centres.
EVENT sessions – preparing and running events such as car boot sales, tabletop sales etc.

Other activities you can help with? Just get in touch with us and we'll find the perfect role for you.

Organisation aims and objectives

Saving and Rehoming Strays is a small SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation No SC051584) based in Scotland with a mission to rescue and rehome dogs in the UK. As well as UK dogs we also partner with organisations in Europe, principally Romania, to identify dogs in need and support their path to finding a forever home. We believe in rescue without borders and that every dog deserves an opportunity to find a family of their own. Saving and Rehoming Strays is run by small team, primarily volunteers, giving their time for admin, fundraising, and looking after of the dogs in our care plus experienced rescuers in Romania and the UK. We have a small rehoming centre in Scotland where our dogs will go for assessment, rehabilitation and ultimately rehoming in an environment not like traditional rehoming centres. Where appropriate our dogs live in groups and experience time with volunteers to allow them opportunity to socialise and get them ready to go to a new home. Alternatively, our dogs go to forever foster homes for their retirement.


Minimum age: 18


Taster available: Yes