Become a Volunteer

Are you passionate about animal welfare? Do you want to make a difference by getting involved and helping animals in need? Are you dedicated and willing to give your time to make a regular commitment to help animals – animals that have been abandoned, displaced and possibly abused and neglected? If so, you may be just the person we are looking for to become an RSPCA NSW volunteer.

Volunteers are an integral part of the RSPCA NSW team. They play an active and vital role in helping to support our work to improve the welfare of animals, and protect them from cruelty and neglect. Volunteering involves commitment, dedication and passion. It's a fantastic way to meet new people and be directly involved in the animal welfare cause.

Some volunteer positions at RSPCA NSW involve face-to-face interaction with animals. Other roles provide support without direct contact. Whatever your interest, you should be able to find something that suits you, whether that is in animal care, customer service, events, customer service or local community fundraising. Our volunteers perform all sorts of roles, from fostering our littlest animal residents to lending a hand at one of RSPCA NSW's annual events, photographing our shelter animals to assisting in our catteries and kennels.

Please note that roles available may differ depending on the branch or shelter.

Become an RSPCA NSW Foster Carer or Events Volunteer and make a real difference to the lives of animals in need.

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Give the littlest and most vulnerable animals in RSPCA NSW's care a wonderful start in life before they move on to their forever homes.

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Are you passionate about animal welfare? Are you dedicated and willing to make a commitment to help animals in need?...

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There are plenty of ways to raise funds for RSPCA NSW while having heaps of fun at the same time....

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RSPCA NSW's 28 volunteer branches are the backbone of our work across the state, and are run exclusively by volunteers....

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How you can help

Looking to adopt? Search now for dogs, cats and other pets available for rehoming at your local RSPCA shelter.

RSPCA has joined forces with Bendigo Bank and Mastercard to create an exciting range of credit cards that offer Australians a way to help animals in need.

Each year, over 40,000 animals turn to RSPCA NSW for help. Every donation from you is vital in rescuing and caring for them.

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  1. The initiative runs in New South Wales only from 24 February to 26 February 2017 inclusive.
  2. The initiative applies to all animals available for adoption at RSPCA NSW shelters, Care Centres and participating Petbarn Adoption Centres only. The initiative does not extend to RSPCA NSW animals offered for adoption through RSPCA Volunteer branches.
  3. Animals adopted during the initiative are subject to availability. Should all available animals be rehomed prior to the end of the initiative, the offer will no longer be honoured. No rainchecks are available.
  4. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
  5. RSPCA NSW retains the right to refuse an adoption if it does not comply with standard operational processes.
  6. A maximum of two adoption animals may be adopted by any household.
  7. No animal will be placed on hold for any period. Adoption must be by personal attendance at one of the abovementioned facilities.
  8. Photographic personal identification must be presented at the time of adoption.
  9. A suitable carry cage must be used to transport birds, felines and small animals, including pocket pets, from the premises and during the journey home. If you do not have access to an appropriate carrier, you can purchase a carrier at the time of adopting your companion. Cardboard carriers are available to purchase for $10 from RSPCA shelters and Care Centres while stocks last.
  10. Suitable leads and harnesses must be used to transport canines from the premises. Canines must be appropriately restrained within the vehicle for the journey home. If you do not have access to an appropriate lead and harness, suitable equipment is available for purchase at the time of adoption while stocks last.
  11. Suitable transport for livestock and horses must be considered prior to adoption, and animals must be collected on the day of adoption.
  12. We understand that sometimes, despite your and RSPCA NSW’s best endeavours, your new pet doesn’t settle into your lifestyle. For this reason, you can return any animal to a RSPCA NSW shelter within 21 days from the time of collection to receive a replacement authorisation in accordance with our replacement policy, or a refund of the adoption fee paid. Please note: merchandise purchased cannot be returned as part of the replacement of an animal. Should a product be faulty, you can return that product, in its original condition, to the facility you purchased the merchandise from within seven (7) days and RSPCA NSW will replace that item.