We have volunteers involved in every aspect of our work at the paws centre.
From answering queries on reception, helping out in the cattery or walking our dogs at the kennels, to doing home visits for our animals to go to their new home.
We value and appreciate our volunteers as without them, we wouldn't be able to do the work we do!
Below are some of our long standing volunteers that help us out at the centre:-
"I became a volunteer in October 2010 orginally as part of an animal care course, but also so I could obtain new skills and confidence within the workplace.
Being a volunteer for the RSPCA is really rewarding as not only it enables you to work with animals but also allows you to make new friends, obtain a lot of animal based skills, and most of all become a part of the whole rehabilitation and re-homing process."
Ana- Cattery Assistant
"I first started volunteering as part of my college course as work experience, the skills and knowledge provided at the Paws Centre helped me tremendously with assignments and practicals.
It is an amazing working environement, everyone is very friendly and the facilities are great!
This has truly encouraged me to consider opening my own second chance rescue in South Africa, as there is something very special about rehabilitating animals!"
Peter- Home visitor
"Being a home visior, I feel I am playing a small part in helping to rehome unwanted dogs and cats into loving and caring families, and in today's world that can not be a bad thing."
"I grew up enjoying the company of animals as my Grandparents ran a small farm. I have several domestic animals of my own and I jumped at the chance to foster even more.I care about animal welfare. I am at home most of the time and can therefore be available to help with whatever I am challenged with. Short term, long term, it makes no difference as I hopefully see the change and improvement of a needy animal and know I have played a small part in it's recovery. I like to be busy and this role certainly keeps me on my toes. I have the back up and knowledge of the staff and I feel part of the team."
"So many people say they don't think they could volunteer with PAWS because it is too sad, it is actually the complete opposite; to see an animal come into PAWS care, get healthy (and lots of cuddles) and then be adopted into a loving home is without question the most rewarding part of volunteering.
Watching the animals go to their forever homes on adoption day is the absolute best feeling in the world!"
"When I decided to volunteer for the RSPCA I didnít really mind what I did but it was suggested to me that I become a Trustee. I didnít really know what a Trustee was or did but decided to go along to a Trustee Meeting to find out. When I started volunteering, I initially wanted to be helping hands on with the animals that come into our care but I soon realised that without the staff and volunteers hard work we wouldnít be able to care for the amount of animals that we do. This is where the Trustees play an important role in helping to support the Staff and make decisions to ensure the Branch can continue to provide the vital care that the animals need. Being a Trustee requires time and dedication to support the Branch in all the aspects of the Operations from making financial decisions to Fundraising. But it is also rewarding and satisfying knowing that you are helping to keep the Branch running and playing an important part of its success."