We currently have the following volunteering opportunities at Animals in Distress:

Volunteer Kennel Assistant 

We are looking for a volunteer to help out in the kennels at our rescue centre in Ipplepen. 

This role involves assisting the staff with cleaning, feeding, grooming, walking and socialising the dogs currently in our care.

We are looking for someone who is hardworking, and can commit to a regular day or half day per week, on an ongoing basis. Ideally we are looking for someone who is working towards an animal care or behaviour qualification, and has experience of working with domestic animals, gained by working at a similar establishment to Animals in Distress. 

Applicants must be over the age of 18.

To apply for this position, please email a covering letter and CV to : [email protected] 

If you would like to discuss the role, please call our Kennel Manager Clare Meir on 01803 812121. 

Volunteer Home-Checkers

We are looking for home-checkers to ensure that prospective new homes can provide a safe and suitable environment for cats, dogs, rabbits or guinea pigs. We need home-checkers in the following areas: Newton Abbot, Kingsteignton, Totnes, Bovey Tracey, Paignton, Teignmouth and Dawlish.

You can download a job description here. If you are interested in the role, please contact Carol Agar on 01803 812121.

 Volunteer in our charity shops


We are always looking for volunteers to join our friendly retail teams in our charity shops across Torbay and South Devon. We could not run our shops without the dedicated help of all our fantastic volunteers.

If you like meeting people and would like to learn new skills, make new friends and build your CV and confidence, then please consider volunteering for a few hours a week in one of our shops. You would be part of our friendly team of fun and professional volunteers, and you would be helping the animals in our care at the same time. We currently have volunteering opportunities available in all of our shops, and we especially need more help on Saturdays.

The work is varied and can include:

  • serving customers
  • working on a till
  • creating window displays
  • sorting, sizing and displaying stock

We are also interested in the skills you can bring, such as knowledge about merchandising, or collectables.

If you would like to help at one of our shops, either pop in to your local shop and enquire, or call the Rescue Centre on 01803 812121 and ask for Kim Marie Veasey.

Warehouse Sorter

We are looking for a Volunteer Warehouse Sorter to help out in our Outlet Warehouse in Paignton. To apply, call Kim Marie Veasey on 01803 812121.

Collection Box Co-ordinator

We are looking for someone to help co-ordinate our collection boxes in the local community. If you like to get out and about and meet people, and would like to help the animals at the Rescue Centre at the same time, this could be the role for you.

Download a job description here

Events volunteer

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us with our events. If you love meeting people and can spare a few hours to support us during our event season, please get in touch.

Download a job description here


Work experience students: 
we are sorry but we cannot take any more work experience students at the moment. We continue to support veterinary college students and Duke of Edinburgh students, but we have very limited capacity for placements.