To volunteer for Wellington SPCA you must be:

  • Over 16 years of age for some roles and 18 years for others – please see below for details
  • Able to understand the importance of strict compliance with cleanliness and safety procedures
  • Attend an orientation session and ongoing training sessions as needed
  • Have a reasonable fitness level – some of our animals are heavy to lift!

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.


Volunteering with Wellington SPCA is a commitment but one you will find very rewarding. You can choose to help at either of our Newtown, or Waikanae centres any day of the week, or our Masterton Centre (weekends only). You can also choose to help out at one of our Op shops!

Our centre volunteers help out in all areas, from working in the hospital area (Newtown), assisting with the cats, dogs and small animals, or help with running the of the centre.

We really need help during the week. You can volunteer to work either:

Weekdays: one shift per week (2-4 hours per shift)

Weekends: one shift every third weekend (2-4 hours per shift)

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Wellington SPCA simply could not function without the help of the fantastic volunteers who donate their time. If you're ready to put your hand up to help, we've got the volunteer options to suit you.
Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer! Please be aware that we are always taking on new volunteers, but due to high levels of interest there is a wait for the next Orientation Training of approximately 2-3 months. We will confirm Orientation dates when we contact you. 


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.

Event volunteer

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. 





Your spare room could help save a life. Apply to temporarily care for an animal in need

Adopt an animal

Looking for a new family member? Check out our animals available for adoption