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Volunteers are the Lifeblood of the crucial work done by the Bristol Dogs and Cats Home and the RSPCA Bristol Clinic. Whatever your skills, there will be a way for you to lend us a helping hand. All our volunteers need to be aged over 18, but you can commit as much or little time as you can spare.

If you have good communication skills and like meeting people, then maybe working as a charity shop assistant at our fabulous charity shop in Bedminster, or our shop right here on-site might be ideal for you.

Fundraising and event volunteers are always needed to help us raise the £1.7 million we need to cover our annual running costs.

Help out at our Open Day, Christmas Fair or various other fundraising events, like sponsored dogs walks, as well as some external events such as local dog shows and many other occasions. Help is always needed at collection days and occasionally in the fundraising office to help with basic admin. This is an opportunity to make friends (human and animal!) and really benefit our cause.

With so many animals to care for our Animal Care Assistants (ACA's) could do with a helping hand or two! If you have time to spare on a regular basis, and would like to gain some valuable experience working within an animal rescue, then why not apply to become one of our Volunteer ACA's. To find out more about becoming one of our Volunteer Animal Care Assistants please click here. Please note that we currently have a hold on Volunteer ACA positions as we are lucky enough to have had lots of applicants. We are very grateful to everyone who wishes to help us care for the animals, and we will re-open this volunteer post as soon as we have space on the programme, we thank you for bearing with us. 

We are very grateful to our team of Dog Walkers who help to exercise our canine friends. For more information about DOG WALKING, PLEASE CLICK HERE. We currently have a temporary hold on inducting new volunteer dog walkers, this is because we have received a high volume of applications and need time to work through our induction list. We are very grateful to everyone who wishes to walk the dogs in our care, and will update this page as soon as we are able to accept new applications for volunteer dog walkers. We very much appreciate your patience and look forward to updating this page soon. 

We have a new booking in system for dog walking, this is to ensure that we are able to make the best use of the time you so generously give us, while we adapt to the daily challenges that we face as a city centre rescue. Please click here to read about these changes (a leaflet is also available to take away from our Bristol Dogs and Cats Home Recepption Team. 

Volunteer roles available 


We are looking for a volunteer gardener to help us to ensure all planted areas look presentable and are maintained to make the site look welcoming and cared for. Our planted areas are very important to us to ensure that the public perception of our site is shown in the best possible way and that the animals have a tidy and cared for site in which to live. 

If you think you could suit this role, please download the following documents:

- Gardener volunteer application form (.pdf)

Gardener volunteer role description (.pdf)


Would you like to volunteer with our fabulous Charity Shop team? Our charity shop located at 86 East Street in Bedminster, plays a vital part in bringing in that all important income, to help us meet our running costs. We are in need of some lovely volunteers, to help us make the most of this great opportunity to raise vital funds for local animals in need. Our charity shop volunteers help us with many aspects of running the shop including: serving customers at the till, taking receipt of stock donations from the public, replenishing stock on the shop floor, merchandising throughout the store, stock preparation including sorting, steaming and pricing, possible administrative tasks such as stocktaking. If you enjoy being around people and doing a wide and varying range of tasks, then this could be the place for you. You could improve your CV, meet new friends, and have fun whilst supporting the work of Bristol Dogs and Cats Home. If you would like to put your name forward, or just want to find out more please email: or call the shop directly on: 0117 239 1304.


Can anyone spare an hour (or more!) of their time to help us with the laundry? Over 150 blankets are washed and dried here at the Home every single day of the year! We are looking for some dedicated people, that don't mind handling mucky blankets (we do provide gloves!), working as part of a fabulous team, the job involves; loading, folding and organising. It could be for just an hour, half a day or whatever suits! Please contact our reception team if you can help, or to find out more, on: 0117 9776043.

For details about these opportunities and a whole host of other ways in which you can volunteer, please download the Volunteering Information Pack to the left of the screen. 

If you have any questions about Dog Walking, Shop, Laundry, Home-visiting or Animal Care volunteering roles, please call us on 0117 9776043 or send us an email.

For other volunteering enquires please contact us on 0117 9714 197 or via email.

PLEASE NOTE: For insurance reasons we are unable to offer any work experience placements or voluntary placements for anyone under 18 years of age, without exception.

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