SPCA New Zealand

Volunteer positions

Animal Care Assistant – Dogs
Dunedin Centre

Animal Care Assistant – Dogs

We are looking for volunteers to help with the daily work of caring for our dogs and puppies. This role requires a good level of fitness and confidence in handling large dogs.

The work we ask our canine volunteers to do is quite strenuous and you must be willing to walk to dogs in all weathers. Our canine volunteers will also often help the staff member looking after dogs with the isolation cat room. The canine staff look after the unwell cats as a preventative measure to help with disease control – sicknesses are less likely to be passed between the different species.

Duties of this role include

  • Cleaning animal runs
  • Moving dogs around the centre
  • Taking dogs for walks
  • Feeding animals per feeding directions
  • Identifying animals displaying signs of illness
  • Cleaning cat enclosures in the cat isolation room
  • Feeding cats in the isolation cat room
  • Follow Health and Safety requirements

Available times

  • Monday, 9am-12pm
  • Tuesday, 9am-12pm
  • Wednesday, 9am-12pm & 2.30-5pm
  • Thursday 9am-12pm
  • Friday 9am-12pm & 2.30-5pm
  • Saturday 9am-12pm (must be able to work with cats also)
  • Sunday 9am-12pm & 2.30-5pm

Qualifications and Education Requirements

No formal qualification required but you will need to be at least 18 years of age. Previous animal experience desirable.

Preferred skills

Successful candidate must be able to follow instructions and all Health and Safety requirements. They should be enthusiastic, hardworking, be able to work well in a team and have a genuine love of animals. We need volunteers that are prepared to commit to the minimum requirement of one shift per week for 6 months, and can understand written and spoken English.

If you have any questions, please call us on 03 473 8252 ext 4 and leave a voicemail or email dunedin.volunteer@spca.nz.

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