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 - 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.