Volunteering at WARS

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Our volunteers

We are hugely grateful to all our fantastic volunteers who come and help us around the shelter with a whole range of jobs and tasks. Without their time, help and dedication we couldn’t do nearly as much to help the animals in our care.

Our volunteers carry out a range of roles at the shelter, including

  • Reception work
  • Admin
  • Dog walking
  • Cat socialising
  • Maintenance and gardening
  • Cleaning in the cattery and the kennels.

Our volunteers really do help keep the shelter running and without them we would struggle to carry out our work with the animals that need it.

What do we look for in a volunteer?
  • Empathy to our animals and their situation
  • Support and understanding in the work we are doing
  • Commitment to coming to volunteer, we need people who keep coming back regularly to help us and our animals
  • A desire to make a difference and help fulfill the lives of our cats and dogs
"We do not pay volunteers, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless"


We are open to dog walkers between 10am and 2pm and also 3pm and 4.30pm.

Please note all dog walkers must have been through a Health & Safety induction before they can walk our dogs


Volunteering Vacancies

We are always on the look out for new and keen volunteers to come and help us at the shelter.

Kennel & Cattery Assistant

We are in need of volunteers to help us with morning routines in the kennel and in the cattery. To help the staff give the dogs their first walk of the day, feed and help clean the kennels and the cattery. Tea/ coffee supplied.

Details on the role can be found here

Gardener

We are looking for someone who is physically fit and able to help us maintain our shelter site by keeping it neat and tidy.

Details for this role can be found here

Regular dog walkers and cat socialisers

We are always looking for people to come to the shelter on a regular basis to walk our dogs and socialise with our cats.

Details for this role can be found here

To apply for any of these roles please follow the instructions below.


Please note, due to the winter months we will not be processing volunteer application forms for dog walkers or cat socialisers till February 2018. If you submit a form your application will be dealt with in the New Year

Thank you to all our amazing volunteers and new volunteers to our team over the past year.

If you think you can help us with any of the above roles please fill out our application form below and return to

volunteer@wars.org.uk
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Please send in a .doc or .docx format as these are easier for us to process. Alternatively please pop your completed form in the post to
Volunteer Co-Ordinator
Worcestershire Animal Rescue Shelter
Hawthorn Lane
Newland
WR13 5BD

Volunteer Application Form This is a PDF you should be able to fill out on your computer

Alternatively we are trialing a new application form process. Click the link below and when you submit this will come straight through to our email.

Online Volunteer form

We have an over 18’s policy, whereby only people over the age of 18 are able to work with or walk our dogs

If you have any issues downloading the form please do not hesitate to contact us on 01905 831651

Once we have received your form, we will evaluate it and be in touch to organise a date with you to come and take part in an induction with the dogs or the cats.

Please note that it may take a little while for us to get back to you regarding your form for dog walking or cat socialising, due to the amount that we receive. We appreciate your patience and support


Volunteers helping with laundry

Work Experience at WARS

We do offer work experience at WARS. We do have quiet a high demand for places at the shelter so we have devised criteria for the work experience places that we are able to offer.

We have an over 18’s policy, whereby only people over the age of 18 are able to work with or walk our dogs

  • We are unable to offer work experience to school students of 16 and under.
  • Duke of Edinburgh students aged between 15 and 16 years of age - We can offer 1 hour per week (preferably between the hours of 8.30am and 9.30am or 2pm and 3pm on a Saturday or a Sunday, these times are to enable students to help with cleaning and feeding routines. If you wish to come and these times please inform us before hand) Other times students will be able to cat socilaise. DofE students aged between 15 and 16 years of age, will only be able to work with the cats. Please note we are only able to accept accompanied DofE students. We are unable to accept general volunteers under the age of 18 _
  • School students and college students on a animal care based course aged between 16 and 17 years of age - We can offer work experience on a single day release per week, with our cats only.
  • Over 18’s - We can offer weekly block placements and day release, working with either our cats, dogs or both.

If you would like to come to WARS on a work experience placement please fill out the below form and send it to

volunteer@wars.org.uk.
Please check you junk file on your email, occasionally our emails go into this file

Please send in a .doc or .docx format as these are easier for us to process. Alternatively please pop your completed form in the post to
Volunteer Co-Ordinator
Worcestershire Animal Rescue Shelter
Hawthorn Lane
Newland
WR13 5BD

Work Experience Application Form

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the shelter on 01905 831651