Could you give some spare time and volunteer with us?

Volunteering is a rewarding way to support animal welfare and our work in Scotland and we have a range of activities you could get involved in. Some are obviously working with the animals in our care, but we also need support in a whole variety of different areas that you may not expect.

Why volunteer with us?

  • It’s a chance to try out something new
  • You’ll gain a great sense of achievement
  • You’ll be doing something useful and rewarding
  • You’ll be contributing to the wellbeing of Scotland’s animals
  • You’ll be part of a dedicated and professional team
  • You can develop both skills and confidence



What volunteering roles are available?

Community engagement volunteers

We’re looking for people to help us raise awareness of our work in local communities. This might involve being on a stall for us at a community event and talking to the public about what we do. Or helping us manage some of our fundraising collection cans in your local area. Or maybe helping us to identify local businesses in your community who might like to support our work. There are lots of options available - you can volunteer as much or as little time as you have and get involved in the tasks that interest you the most.

We are currently looking for community engagement volunteers in:

Lerwick Kirkwall Isle of Lewis and Harris
Ayrshire Stranraer Inverclyde
Fife Glasgow Paisley
Falkirk Moray Edinburgh
Motherwell Highland Dumfries
Kilmarnock Inverness Perth and Kinross
Dundee and Angus    


Donation / food stock volunteers

Do you have some time to help us keep our donated items and food stock in good order? We’re looking for people who can help us sort, clean and store donated items as well as keep our storage areas for donations/ food stock clean and tidy.

We’re currently looking for donation / food stock volunteers in:



We also have a range of vacancies working with the animals in our centres - click on the link below to find opportunities in your area.

Check out all our volunteering vacancies



Who can volunteer with the Scottish SPCA?

For some roles, age restrictions as well as a need for certain skills and experience may be required.

Our volunteering is open to anyone aged 16 or over although for some of our roles, different age restrictions apply, depending upon the skills and experience required. We welcome volunteers of all ages and backgrounds.

We are proud to be an inclusive organisation and we never discriminate in our volunteering recruitment. 


How do I become a Scottish SPCA volunteer?

Our application process is designed to be nice and straight forward. All of our volunteering opportunities come with a role profile which tells you exactly what skills, experience and qualities you need to have to get on board.

Before you join us as a volunteer, you will be asked to attend an informal interview. This is a great opportunity for you to find out more about the role, meet the staff and get a sense of whether the opportunity is what you are looking for. It is also a chance for us to decide if you are right for us!

Once you join us, you’ll have a designated contact person for your role. One of our fabulous team will be on-hand to support you through a comprehensive induction programme to get you fully up to speed. You’ll also get full training to make sure you can carry out your role safely and effectively. Before you know it, you’ll be an invaluable member of the Society.



To view our Volunteer Privacy Notice, please click here

An accessible version can be found here.