Get involved and volunteer

Have you ever thought about volunteering and spending some valuable time helping animals? Why not come and join the Scottish SPCA family as a volunteer?

Volunteering is a great way to get involved in animal welfare and is such a rewarding way to spend some of your free time. Even the roles that don’t involve direct contact with the animals, such as helping out on a busy reception desk at an animal rescue and rehoming centre contribute massively to what we do to improve the quality of life of Scotland’s animals.

Our volunteers make such a difference to the work we do. We literally could not do our job without them. All year round, they selflessly work hard to help animals who deserve a second chance. From our wildlife centre to our animal rescue officers, not to mention our veterinary teams, headquarters, and other animal rescue and rehoming centres, there’s an opportunity for everyone.

  • 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 are contributing to the wellbeing of Scotland’s animals
  • You will be part of a dedicated and professional team
  • You can develop both skills and confidence


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.


Check out our latest volunteering vacancies


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