To volunteer for Wellington SPCA you must be:
If you are younger than 16, or are unable to volunteer in our centres, don’t worry – there are still many different ways you can help.
Click on the images below to read about some of our available volunteer positions.
Making a long-term commitment to volunteer may not suit your schedule, but we still have other ways you can volunteer your time to Wellington SPCA.
Throughout the year Wellington SPCA is involved with a number of events, including sausage sizzles and stands at community days. We also have our annual Cupcake Day in August, and need collectors for the Annual Appeal in November.
Event volunteering is ideal for those people who lead busy lives and are unable to commit to regular days. If you are interested in becoming an event volunteer, register your interest and we will contact you when we have events coming up.
Many of the animals that come into Wellington SPCA centres need a little extra TLC before finding their new home. Foster Parents provide a temporary home for these animals as they recover from surgery or illness, to help with socialisation and enrichment, or simply to put on a little more weight before being desexed.
Fostering can be a great way to try having an animal in your life before making a lifelong commitment. Every animal you foster is given a second chance at life – and the more animals you foster, the more lives you help save. Click here to find out more.
Do you love dogs?
Volunteers work with our adult canines and help clean, feed and care for them in our centres. Volunteers work with, and must be confident handling, our adult dogs – who come in all shapes and sizes. Some of these dogs come to us with little or no training. Work in our adult dog run includes cleaning the 12 dog rooms and the dog exercise yard, feeding the orphan dogs, and providing toys and attention.
Volunteers must be confident around puppies and small dogs. Up to 25 homeless puppies at a time are housed in our puppy run. Work includes cleaning the puppy bed pens and the puppy exercise yards, feeding the puppies and setting up beds, toys and play areas.
Puppies can be scared of new experiences. Wellington SPCA puppies are carried to the road where they can see and hear adults and children walking, running, cycling and skateboarding past. They also get used to the sound of cars, trucks and fire engines. Volunteers help train even our smallest puppies to sit quietly for attention.
You can volunteer to walk our dogs at either the Newtown or Waikanae Centres. Call us on (04) 389 8044 for more information.
Volunteers must be aged 16 or over to work in this area. Up to 50 homeless cats and kittens are housed in four adjacent cat runs. Work includes cleaning the cat runs and litter boxes, feeding and grooming cats, and playing with kittens.
In this area you will also look after our rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and rats which includes feeding, cleaning out the hutches and playing with the animals.
Volunteers help out in the animal hospital, quarantine and isolation areas. Work in these areas includes cleaning cages, setting up bedding, feeding and moving ill or injured animals. The animals here are often scared and stressed and require gentle and quiet handling.
No previous experience is necessary to volunteer in this area.
Working in the veterinary and hospital area is great for those wanting to:
Education volunteers help deliver educational presentations to preschool, primary, intermediate and college students as well as adult groups. Hands-on training is provided with the Education Officer.
In this position you may assist in developing new lessons and programmes and creating new resources and materials. For this role you must be reliable and have experience with animals, children and speaking to groups.
Animal therapy volunteers take specially selected animals to members of the community who would benefit from the companionship of our animals and volunteers.
Animal therapy volunteers make regular visits to retirement homes, hospitals, hospices, disabled people and youth at risk.
We are looking for outgoing people who enjoy interacting with both people and animals.
Our Op shops are a key link between Wellington SPCA and the community. Volunteers who work in one of our four Op shops assist with cleaning, managing and selling of recycled items that others may need, and merchandising. All proceeds go to Wellington SPCA.
Wellington SPCA’s Newtown Centre at the old Fever Hospital is a beautiful venue, but it needs to be maintained. If gardening is your thing then we would love you to help with the weeding, pruning and general maintenance of our extensive grounds.
From time to time we need help with building, painting, electrical work and even plumbing. If you have skills in this area, we would love to hear from you.
SPCA National Rescue Unit (NRU) is trained to provide a technical animal rescue service for trapped animals. The NRU specialises in high-angle rescue with an emphasis on the welfare of the trapped animal. The NRU recruits from both staff and volunteers. If you would like to get involved please call (04) 389 8044 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Up to 20 volunteers make up the emergency reserve, and they are specifically trained to provide emergency transport and trauma care. They also learn how to set up and operate emergency animal evacuation centres in support of local Civil Defence Emergency Management Teams.
The emergency reserve provides an excellent pathway for volunteers to gain experience working as part of the wider Inspectorate. If you are considering a career as an SPCA Inspector, or with local animal management services, consider taking the first step by signing up to be a Wellington SPCA volunteer today.
Throughout the year, many animals at Wellington SPCA need temporary homes. We have a limited amount of space and people in our centres to care for these animals and we rely on our fantastic fosterers to offer temporary homes to animals. That's where we need your help.
Fostering is an effective way to manage the large number of animals that come through our doors that require care. Many need a little extra TLC before finding their new home. Foster Parents provide a temporary home for these animals as they recover from surgery or illness, to help with socialisation and enrichment, or simply to put on a little more weight before being desexed.
As a fosterer you provide love, care and a safe, warm environment.
If you can help by taking in a furry house guest for a while, please apply now! Fill out the application form below and submit the completed form with four photos of the room and property you intend to use, and a written consent from your landlord (if you are renting).
Application form (Link required)
Alternatively, please contact our friendly Foster Team to find out more – just call (04) 389 8044, email us at email@example.com, or visit our Newtown Centre at 140 Alexandra Road, Newtown.
Wellington SPCA helps thousands of sick, injured, neglected, abandoned and abused animals every year. With no direct government funding, we rely entirely on the generosity of the wider Wellington community – those who choose to make a difference.
By fundraising for us you are helping us to Prevent Cruelty, Respond to Welfare Concerns, Rehabilitate, Shelter and Rehome and Seek Justice for animals, as well as Educate communities about animal welfare.
Find out more about how you can fundraise for Wellington SPCA by clicking on the links below:
Wellington SPCA currently organises three annual events – Cupcake Day, the SPCA Annual Appeal and our Open Day. These events raise awareness of our services and what we do, raise money to help us protect Wellington's sick, injured, neglected, abandoned and abused animals, or both.
We also participate in events run by other parties, such as the Wellington City Council or community event organisations. Events such as the Wellington Home Show, Wellington on a Plate or the Women's Lifestyle Expo are some examples.
If you would like to help us with any or all of these events please call our Fundraising Team on (04) 389 7387 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.