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Community Rehoming Volunteer

Hello Guildford! 

Battersea is looking for Community Rehoming Volunteers to help temporarily house our dogs and cats until we find them forever homes.

Community Rehoming Volunteers will provide all the basics of care for the animal, such as feeding, cleaning, exercising (dogs), grooming, training, playing and socialising, and must be willing to follow our guidance and regulations on training and safety.

Community Rehoming Volunteers will play an active role in finding a home for the animal in their care. This is likely to involve taking photos and videos that can be used to promote rehoming, attending organised events to promote rehoming, sharing social media posts, talking to members of the public about the animal in their care, displaying rehoming flyers at suitable locations in their local community and completing customer registrations for individuals interested in rehoming. 

We do ask that our Community Rehoming Volunteers:

  • Preferably live within the following GU postcodes: GU1-12, GU14-17, GU21-24.
  • Do not have any young children in the household, but those with older children may be considered.
  • Have no other dogs and cats in the home. Some of our animals are not comfortable with other pets.
  • Have access to a car in case the dog or cat in your care needs veterinary attention.
  • Look after a Battersea animal until the point of rehoming, which may require commitment over a period of time.
  • Have a secure garden - although this is not absolutely necessary if you have nearby green space
  • (Cats) Have a secure spare room. It is important that our cats have somewhere comfortable and quiet, away from busier parts of the home. This gives our cats a chance to gain confidence at their own pace
  • (Dogs) Are in a position to not leave the dog alone for more than 4 hours at a time

All our Community Rehoming Volunteers need to be compassionate, empathetic and adaptable to the needs of the individual animals that come into their care, as they are all unique.

Mission Statement

Battersea is going to start working in communities where we don’t currently have a centre. Along with local animal lovers, we want to help more dogs and cats, educate people about rescue and put lots of smiles on faces. And we’re very excited to announce that our first Community will be Guildford.

Each Battersea Community will have trained Community Rehoming Volunteers, who will help rehome dogs and cats without the need for a physical centre.

Battersea Communities will also hold and attend local events and develop partnerships with local charities, authorities and other groups. By doing so we can promote the benefits of owning an animal and talk to more people about responsible pet ownership.