Volunteering with the RSPCA QLD


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Foster Care

Foster carers provide temporary homes for animals in the care of RSPCA who may need respite from the shelter environment, support to recover from an illness or just extra TLC until they are ready to find their forever home.  

How do you become a foster carer?

  • Fill in an Application Form so we can get to know you. 
  • Complete our NEW 1 Hour online training.
  • Take part in a quick 20 minute virtual property check.

What type of animals are available to foster?
Please review foster regions below for specific priority needs across the state

  • Puppies and kittens that are too young for rehoming.
  • Animals recovering from illness or injury before being available for adoption.
  • Animals requiring behaviour support work.
  • Animals that need a safe haven due to a Domestic Violence.
  • Animals that have to be evacuated from an emergency situation e.g. floods, bushfires, cyclone.
  • Home Ever After animals that are waiting for their owner to return from hospital or whose owner has passed away and are waiting to be rehomed.

Important things to think about when considering Fostering:

  • The RSPCA will work hard to ensure they make the best foster matches for you, based on your current situation and the animals needs. Placing the right animal, with the right carer, in the right situation is our priority. 
  • Being flexible with what animals you can open your home to, opens you to the most potential for placement.
  • The Foster length greatly varies from animal to animal depending on their situation, in general most foster lengths are between 2 weeks and 6 months. 
  • Foster carers must be over 18 and have access to a reliable vehicle/transport. 
  • Landlord and Body Corporate approvals are required, which can take time to source.
  • Current pets in your home must be up to date with vaccinations. 

To begin your application process, review the foster regions below. 

Foster Positions Available

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Op Shops & Retail

Ignite Change, Shop with Purpose, and Be a Hero!

Looking for a fulfilling way to make a difference in the lives of animals? Our Op Shops and World For Pets stores are calling for passionate individuals like you to join our cause! By shopping, volunteering, or donating, you can become a hero for the animals we care for and support their well-being.

🐾 Volunteer Opportunities: Are you an animal enthusiast with a flair for retail, customer service, or simply want to be part of a fantastic team?
Join our Op Shop family as an Op Shop Assistant or Op Shop Driver Assistant. Make a tangible impact while gaining valuable experience and creating unforgettable moments. All of our current volunteer vacancies are linked below, please have a look through and apply today!

🐾 Shop with Purpose: Discover amazing bargains and unique treasures while helping us raise crucial funds for over 50,000 animals we care for each year. Our Op Shops offer a wide range of clothing, homewares, accessories, and furniture. Your purchases directly support our mission of compassion.

Join the RSPCA movement today and be a catalyst for change! Click below to explore our Op Shop locations, discover volunteer opportunities, and make a meaningful impact on the lives of animals. Together, let's create a brighter future filled with love, compassion, and wagging tails.

Volunteer Positions Available

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Rescue

Currently recruiting volunteers for Townsville and Toowoomba!

Answer the Call of Compassion: Unleash Your Heroic Spirit with RSPCA QLD's Inspectorate & Rescue Team!

Embark on a heroic journey that will touch your soul! Join our Inspectorate & Rescue team and become a lifeline for animals in need. In 2022 alone, a staggering 28,177 creatures received our life-saving assistance through our dedicated Rescue Units. Among them, an astonishing 77% were the magnificent treasures of Australian wildlife—our native birds, possums, koalas, kangaroos, and wallabies.As a Rescue Unit Driver or Rescue Unit Assistant volunteer, you'll be at the forefront of these daring missions, making a tangible impact on the lives of animals in distress.

If being out on the road and rescuing animals is appealing to you, the Rescue Unit Driver or Rescue Unit Assistant volunteer roles might suit you! These roles are also perfectly suited to people who want to volunteer together, such as teaming up with a friend or partner. 

 

Volunteer Positions Available

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Rockhampton

As an animal welfare organisation, RSPCA Qld have a variety of different volunteer roles available. 
If you're keen to volunteer with us in Rockhampton, please have a look at our current vacancies and submit an application.

Animal Care & Animal Support roles

Animal Care Assistant | Rockhampton

What to expect

This rewarding volunteer role would suit applicants that love animals and are committed to improving their welfare; people who wish to experience hands-on work with animals and want to learn about the care and health requirements for future work in the industry; and anyone looking for a worthwhile way to spend their time.  It can be physically demanding and sometimes smelly, and you’ll be outside in winter and summer weather.  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!

What are the tasks?

The position is hands-on and includes:

  • The daily cleaning of the animals' pens which involves removing dirty bedding, hosing or wiping out enclosures, sweeping and scooping up of poop, cleaning litter trays, and providing clean bedding and toys
  • Hygiene control – ensuring appropriate sanitisation and hand-washing, and avoiding cross contamination – and ensuring that the animals remain stocked up with food, water, bedding and toys.
  • Assistance with ensuring the Adoption Centre environment is presentable, and general tidying up.
  • Providing enrichment to the animals under your care by walking them around the campus
  • Playing and spending time with all animals and providing them opportunities to interact with other animals, toys and people where appropriate.
  • Undertake general laundry duties as part of each shift, including loading dirty laundry into the machines, loading and/or taking clean washing out of the dryers, and folding all clean items.
  • Following RSPCA philosophy of positive reinforcement with all animal interactions.

What skills and characteristics do I need?

  • Confidence in working with domestic animals and/or willingness to learn more about how to work with animals in a shelter situation
  • Able to cope with increased noise levels
  • Be able to work independently
  • Be physically fit (able to lift 10kg) and able to stand for long periods
  • Attention to detail and able to accurately follow instructions
  • Enjoy working in a team environment
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Hard working and committed to the RSPCA

When can I volunteer?

  • Monday to Saturday 8:00am – 12pm or 12pm – 4pm 
  • Sundays 10am - 2pm

 

We request a minimum commitment of 1 x four hour shift per week for a minimum of 3 months to ensure consistency and continuity with the animals.   Orientation and training in relation to animal interaction, training and husbandry will be provided.

PLEASE NOTE: It is a requirement that before handling animals at the RSPCA you have an up to date Tetanus vaccination.

 For further information, please contact the Rockhampton Op Shop on 07 3637 0040 or volunteering@rspcaqld.org.au, or apply via the link above.

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Wildlife Responders

Volunteer Positions Available

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