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Volunteer to help pets


Animal Welfare League values the efforts of our volunteers, and there are many ways you can help.

Presently, we are not recruiting volunteers. Please check our website for updates. 

To express an interest in becoming a volunteer, please contact Please note all prospective volunteers must be 18 or over.

Important information:

  • Volunteers need their own transport to get out to the shelters as public transport is limited

Shelter Volunteers

You can work directly with the pets at our shelters, with duties such as dog walking, cat cuddling, cleaning and maintenance, behaviour work and much more. We hold regular Induction Sessions at our Ingleside Shelter and Kemps Creek Shelter for people interested in becoming a shelter volunteer. 

Corporate Volunteering

We can arrange a fun, rewarding day for your employees as part of our Corporate Volunteering Program. Activities include working with the animals at our shelters or taking on a specific project for your team. For more information please email us

Foster Care

By becoming a foster carer, you can help us save lives. Foster caring involves caring for a shelter pet in your own home for a period of time, while they await permanent adoption. For more info visit Foster Care

Student Work Placement

Animal Welfare League offers work placements for students completing Animal Care courses in Certificate II, III and IV at TAFE. Students can elect to complete their work placement hours at our Kemps Creek, West Hoxton or Ingleside Shelters. Hours are from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm and a variety of tasks and ongoing training will be provided to help you develop your animal care and handling skills throughout the year that you volunteer with us. You will need to have your own transport to the shelter, as public transport is unavailable. To apply for work placement, you will need to complete and return the Volunteer Application Form above. Our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to confirm if you have been accepted. Students will be required to commit to a weekly roster for the duration of your course.

Administration Volunteers

You can volunteer at our Kemps Creek and Ingleside shelters to answer phones, help with data entry and other admin duties - for info on current positions available please email us

Fundraising Volunteers

You can hold your own fundraising event or get involved with an existing fun run to raise funds for Animal Welfare League NSW. For more information visit our Fundraising page

Branch Volunteers

Our 13 Branches are operated by volunteers and undertake a number of activities within their regions, including fundraising, events, providing services for animals in their area such as subsidised desexing, emergency welfare assistance and foster caring. Click here for branch locations and information.

Event and Specialised Volunteers

There are other ways volunteers can help, apart from working in the shelters or branches, and we have lots of activities that don't involve working directly with the animals. If you are interested in helping with fundraising, events or utilising your expertise in areas such as administration, marketing, professional advice, work on the grounds or other areas, we'd love to hear from you via email.