Why volunteer for us?

Volunteering for RSPCA Suffolk Central is one of the best ways you can support our work and help get more pooches and pussy cats back on their paws!

Joining us as a volunteer gives you the opportunity to use your skills, interests, and passion to help animals in a time and way that suits you. From cleaning cat pods to walking dogs, baking cakes, steaming clothes, and manning event stands, every hour that you gift us is converted into either direct care for a rescued pet, or generating funds to provide essentials like food and veterinary treatment.

Becoming a volunteer

We are always looking for enthusiastic animal-loving people to join our family of volunteers.

Take a look at the current available roles or get in touch to discuss particular interests or skills that you would like to share with us. Whether you are seeking regular, or occasional volunteering opportunities, we’ll do our best to find a role that is right for you.

Martlesham Animal Centre

Our purpose-built Animal Centre at Martlesham cares for dogs, cats, small furries and birds; with around 90 animals in our direct care at any one time.

Our animal care team works hard to provide not only the welfare needs of animals in our care but also rehabilitation to give them the best possible chance of finding a new forever home.

The team need regular help with cleaning, laundry, dog walking, cat socialisation, window cleaning, vehicle checks etc. at our Rehoming Centre, as well as home visitors who can assist with the pet adoption process.

Our shops

RSPCA Suffolk Central has five charity shops. One even features a dog-friendly coffee shop! Charity shop volunteers have fun rummaging through preloved treasure and offer helpful and engaging customer service to help raise thousands of pounds a year for our cause.

You can get involved too by shopping, donating or volunteering at an RSPCA charity shop in Ipswich, Felixstowe, Stowmarket or Bury St Edmunds.

We not only need help with store assistants, but also behind the scenes with sorting, steaming and pricing stock, listing items for sale online, as well as stock collectors and drivers to circulate stock between our shops.


Volunteer FAQs

How do I apply to be a volunteer?

Contact us by email on volunteering@rspca-suffolkcentral.org.uk to find out more about a role or complete and email over the attached application form to begin your volunteering journey today.

We will then contact you to guide you through the process to get you started in a role that suits you.

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What volunteer vacancies do you currently have?

We are always looking for volunteers to join us.

Take a look at our current vacancies page or contact us on volunteering@rspca-suffolkcentral.org.uk to discuss particular opportunities, interests or skills that you would like to explore with us.

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How much time do I have to commit to volunteer?

As much as you are willing to give! Some volunteers give upwards of three shifts a week at a charity shop, others join us once a year for a few hours to help at an event. Whether you are seeking a regular volunteering opportunity, one-off or occasional volunteering, we are happy to help find a role that works for you.

Contact us on volunteering@rspca-suffolkcentral.org.uk about your specific interests. Please note, for training purposes volunteers at our animal home are preferred to offer at least one session per week.

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How old do I have to be to volunteer?

We usually ask that volunteers are aged 16 or over, but if you are planning to volunteer with a carer, parent, guardian or as part of a work experience placement get in touch to see if we can welcome you.

Do I need specific skills to volunteer?

The most important skill you need to volunteer for us is a passion for animals. Whether you have lots of skills to offer or want to gain experience and knowledge by volunteering, we can help find a role that is right for you.

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I want to volunteer with animals but can’t see any roles available

Roles at our Martlesham Animal Centre are in high demand, but are advertised on our job roles page that contains both voluntary and paid for vacancies!

To ensure our staff have enough time to train and support our volunteers, we advertise for specific roles in our cattery and kennels as they become available. However, if you have specific experience or skills – such as in dog behaviour training – please reach out to us as we’d love to hear from you. Otherwise, check back soon!

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Can you accommodate group volunteering days?

Yes, we can!

To discuss your corporate or group volunteering needs contact us at fundriasing@rspca-suffolkcentral.org.uk and we will see if we can find a project that suits your skills and availability.

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Volunteering for the RSPCA

See some of the RSPCA's pawsome volunteers in action!

How else can I get involved?

There are plenty of other ways to support the branch, from sponsoring a kennel or cat cabin at our Animal Centre, to visiting our shops, or rehoming a rescued animal. Find your way to get involved today.