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  • Volunteering at AWL NSW
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BECOME A FOSTER CARER

Would you like to volunteer your time to help Animal Welfare League NSW? View our volunteering options below and apply today.

Help animals in need. Become an animal attendant volunteer at our shelter.

Volunteer animal attendants help improve the well-being of our animals. Due to the animal handling required, this opportunity requires a certain level of physical fitness.

Our animal attendant volunteers help by:

  • Cleaning animal enclosures
  • Walking and socialising animals
  • Utilising and maintaining training programs
  • Checking and topping up water bowls
  • Laundry duties and dishwashing
  • Grooming and bathing
  • Assist with pooper scooping
  • Assist with feeding the animals
  • Providing important social and physical enrichment

Support your local community. Become an AWL NSW branch volunteer.

AWL NSW has various volunteer branches across the state, all dedicated to caring for animals in their local area. Many branches support their communities by providing discount desexing programs and fostering animals who are looking for a home. Branch volunteers help fundraise and promote the work of AWL NSW.

  • Events: AWL NSW volunteer branches participate in local community events to help promote the work of AWL NSW and local branch initiatives. Events are a great way to be involved with your local branch if you are not able to help on a regular basis.
  • Foster Care: If you have space at your home for an animal in care, why not become a foster carer through your local AWL NSW branch. Fostering is a rewarding experience that gives you the opportunity to see first-hand the difference you’re making and helps more animals find new families.
  • Administration: volunteer branches are required to complete paperwork and hold regular meetings which require minute taking. If you have admin or office experience, you may be able to lend your skill set to your local branch.
  • Photography: AWL NSW volunteer branches that are involved with rehoming animals require good photography to help advertise the animals in care, and help them find new homes. If you have a knack for photography or videography and have a genuine love for animals, your local branch may be able to utilise your skills.
  • Social Media: If you have a few hours spare each week, and enjoy using social media, why not help your local AWL NSW branch promote their activities and the animals in care by helping to manage their Facebook page or PetRescue profile?

FIND A BRANCH

Things to know about volunteer work with Animal Welfare League NSW:

  • Volunteers need their own transport to get to the shelter as public transport is limited
  • All prospective volunteers must be 18 years or over
  • Volunteers need to be physically fit
  • They must possess the ability to work independently
  • They must be confident in animal handling (experience would be advantageous)
  • They must be able to follow instructions
  • They must be up to date with a Tetanus Vaccination

How to Apply

Our applications open quarterly for a two-week period to help us manage the intake of volunteers. We ask that you to be please be aware that we receive a large number of applications for shelter volunteers and we are not able to accept all applicants.

Applications are currently open from Monday, 1 to Monday, 15 August.

To register your interest in becoming a volunteer at the Animal Welfare League NSW Kemps Creek Shelter, please fill in our online form here:
Shelter Volunteer Application

Gain a hands on experience with Animal Welfare League NSW student work placement opportunities.

AWL NSW offers limited work placement for students completing Animal Care courses in Certificate II, III and IV at TAFE. Students will gain hands-on experience in a shelter environment whilst studying in the field. Students will be required to commit to a weekly roster for the duration of their course.

Volunteer Student Placement roles include:

  • Cleaning animal enclosures
  • Walking and socializing with animals
  • Utilising and maintain training programs
  • Checking and topping up water bowls
  • Laundry duties and dishwashing
  • Grooming and bathing
  • Assist with pooper scooping the yards
  • Assist staff with feeding the animals
  • Providing important social and physical enrichment

How to Apply

To register your interest in becoming a student volunteer at the Animal Welfare League NSW Kemps Creek Shelter, apply here:
Student Volunteer Application

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