Volunteering in the shelter allows you to work hands on with animals and is incredibly rewarding and inspiring. Prior experience is not essential, but a passion for animal welfare, the desire to work with others and a sense of maturity is vital.
Some tasks include walking dogs, cleaning pens and enclosures and giving shelter animals some TLC.
These roles are a unique opportunity to make a difference, but they can be physically demanding, can require work outdoors in all weather and can sometimes involve smelly and dirty work!
You might feel emotional about the animals you’re working with and may find this difficult, but ultimately the reward is that you’re making a huge, positive difference to their lives – and yours!
Not all sites are recruiting all the time, so check back regularly to see if your local shelter is recruiting!
Become a foster carer for RSPCA Victoria
The RSPCA Victoria foster program gives animals who are not yet ready for adoption a chance to live and be loved in foster homes. This exciting program helps to reduce the amount of time animals stay in our Animal Care Centres and provides us with valuable information from foster families to help prepare animals for adoption. Fostering is an incredibly rewarding experience and directly improves the lives of animals.
Click on the RSPCA Victoria site you wish to foster from under “Foster Orientations” to complete the volunteer application form and register your interest to attend one of our orientation sessions.
Please note: We require foster carers to be at least 18 years old. If you are not 18, please have a guardian complete the foster care registration form and attend the information session with you.
To view animals available to foster, please click the Foster Portal button.
Foster care FAQs and resources
RSPCA Victoria Op Shops sell a wide range of new and secondhand goods. You never know what little treasures you may find to take home! We pride ourselves on offering high-quality items at bargain prices, so please visit your local RSPCA Victoria Op Shop and have a rummage!
RSPCA Victoria Op shops rely on your donations of high-quality goods, including:
- Good quality bric-a-brac and homewares
- New or pre-loved clothing, handbags, shoes, accessories, jewellery
- Saleable quality books and pre-loved toys
- Dvds, Cds and vinyl records
- Saleable quality sporting goods
- Furniture- only selected RSPCA Op shops can accept furniture items (please phone 9224 2258 for locations)
Unfortunately we're unable to accept mattresses, pillows, worn underwear, opened toiletries, damaged items (such as chipped glassware and broken furniture) as it costs us money to dispose of unsaleable or broken items.
RSPCA Victoria Op Shops are operated solely by teams of dedicated volunteers and funds raised go towards supporting RSPCA Victoria's mission to end animal cruelty.
Please join our dedicated Op Shop Volunteer Team - there are a range of roles in each Op Shop, including Op Shop Assistants who help with sorting goods, displaying items for sale and serving customers.All volunteers are asked to commit to a regular weekly or fortnightly 4-hour shift for a minimum of six months.
RSPCA Victoria - General
RSPCA Victoria relies on our volunteers to help us achieve our vision of ending cruelty to all animals. We are always recruiting for a variety of different roles - ranging from administration support, photography, events and fundraising.
Chances are we will have a role that suits your interests and skills, so please review current volunteer opportunites to join our team.