Woodlands Animal Sanctuary relies on our network of Volunteers who tirelessly help us to raise funds and help us care for the animals at the shelter.



Help us to fundraise through on-street collections, bag packs and more.
Animal Care

Animal Care

Get involved at our animal shelter and help to care for the 350 animals we have onsite!
Cat Cuddling

Cat Cuddling

Help to socialise the cats we have rescued and prepare them for their forever homes.

Volunteer FAQ

What will I get?

Volunteering is a rewarding experience, allowing you to:

  • Gain a sense of achievement: Helping an animal in need can give you a sense of pride and achievement.
  • Enhance your skills: Doing varied tasks with a variety of volunteers can help you to enhance a number of skills including confidence, communication and team work.
  • Strengthen your CV: Volunteering can be an invaluable addition to your CV. Employers can see you have gone the extra mile to help learn new skills.
  • Increase your network: You will meet and interact with a number of like-minded individuals, so you’re hopefully going to make some new friends along the way!

Who can Volunteer?

You can volunteer no matter what age you are, however if you are under the age of 14 we ask that you are chaperoned at all times. Unfortunately, if you are under 16 you will not be able to participate in street collections and bag packs.

How do I volunteer?

If you would like to volunteer then simply click here to fill in your details and someone from Woodlands will get back to you, or alternately please call us.
Please be aware that we are currently not taking in volunteers due to Covid-19 restrictions.  Please keep an eye on our Social Media pages to keep updated on when this may change.

How much time do I have to give?

Volunteers time is much appreciated at Woodlands. If you want to help out with animal care at the shelter it is always ideal if you can make it on a regular basis, this helps to build up your knowledge of the sanctuary and the care that you give. Most volunteers come from 9am until noon. Cat cuddling can be on a much more ad hoc basis; we just ask that you let us know when you are coming.

Fundraising volunteers can give anything from one hour to a whole day.

Regardless of however much time you can spare your efforts will make a difference.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are currently not accepting any new volunteers. Thank you for your interest and please keep an eye on our Social Media Pages to when we will be opening up for volunteers again.

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