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Ending animal cruelty is a mammoth task, and RSPCA Victoria can’t do it alone. Lend a hand at an op shop or a fundraising day, help care for animals in a shelter or take part in a sponsored event – every dollar helps.

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Become a volunteer

Here’s what you need to know about volunteering with RSPCA Victoria.

  • Depending on the role, the minimum age is 15 or 18.
  • No work experience for students is available.
  • Volunteer opportunities change regularly, keep checking back for updates.

Contact the Volunteer Engagement Team to find out more.

Volunteering opportunities

There are many different roles for volunteers at RSPCA Victoria, here are the main ways you can help.

Op Shops

Our op shops provide critically needed funds to support RSPCA Victoria. This is a fun, flexible and rewarding way to support animals in need.

  • Make new friends
  • Learn key retail skills
  • Have fun, no two days are the same!
Become an op shop volunteer

Animal shelter

Caring for the residents in an RSPCA Victoria shelter is incredibly rewarding. If you have a passion for animal welfare and some time to give, this could be a volunteer opportunity for you.

Tasks include:

  • Walking dogs.
  • Cleaning enclosures.
  • Lots of cuddles.

As a shelter volunteer you may be working outdoors or in smelly and dirty conditions. It can be physically demanding, but also incredibly rewarding to directly help animals in need.

Corporate support days

Corporate Support Days are a pawfect way to learn about animal welfare and the work of RSPCA Victoria. Bring your whole team for a paws-on day that bonds everyone together and helps animals in need. Available at RSPCA Burwood East, take a guided tour, get involved and hand out cuddles to our fluffiest residents.

Register your interest

Transport Drivers

Volunteer drivers get animals and goods where they need to be. This position is flexible and is a great option if you want to help without always being paws-on with the animals.

Clean, Sort and Store

With so many animals to care for, there’s always lots of laundry and cleaning to do. Animal bedding, surgical scrubs, toys and donated goods all need to be cleaned, sorted and stored. Get in touch if you can help.


Volunteer at fundraising events such as the Million Paws Walk and Santa Paws. Register your interest so you can be contacted when we need extra help.

We’re actively recruiting volunteers for Million Paws Walk on May 28. We have so many different roles from walk route marshal to doggie agility area assistant. Sign up now!

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Foster Care

Sometimes animals need a little extra help before they are ready for rehoming. The RSPCA Victoria foster care program matches animals in need with temporary homes until they are ready for adoption. Get in touch to find out more about becoming an RSPCA Victoria foster carer.

Become a foster carer


Clinic volunteers work alongside vets and nurses in RSPCA Victoria clinics. This role is a great opportunity if you’re considering a career in veterinary care, but would suit anyone dedicated to animal welfare with good animal handling skills.

Admin Support

Gain administration skills by supporting RSPCA Victoria with a variety of office based tasks. Mail outs, data entry, community fundraising, copywriting, online support and other general administrative duties are all vital to keep everything running smoothly. Get in touch if you’d like to help.

Customer Care

As a customer care assistant volunteer, you will meet and greet visitors and point them in the right direction and generally assist in delivering excellent service. If you love helping people and animals, this could be the right volunteer role for you.


Volunteers play a crucial role in engaging with the public who have reported cruelty. Providing information and feedback, these superheroes keep everyone in the loop about ongoing cases.


Use your existing skills to keep RSPCA Victoria locations looking pawsome by helping to maintain our grounds and gardens.