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    Mayhew couldn't run without our volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering with animals then look no further.

    Mayhew relies on over 1,000 hours of volunteer time per month!

    From our reception team to adoption home visits and events, our volunteers are essential to everything we do. They dedicate their valuable time to help animals and people in need and assist our full time team in their day to day jobs.


    Volunteering with animals

    Our volunteers can work in kennels and cattery with cleaning, socialising and walking dogs. It is important for us to have the help of volunteers who can spend time with individual animals – this increases their chances of being adopted. These roles are very sought after and we do not take applications for these unless we are advertising a vacancy on our website. We also take volunteers for a number of other areas including reception, events, fundraising, home checking and Trustees.

    Apply to volunteer

    Why should I volunteer for Mayhew?

    • It is very rewarding
    • You will meet like-minded people
    • You will learn new skills
    • You will be giving something back to your local community
    • You will be helping to improve the lives of animals
    • We will provide you with the training you need for your role

    Giving your time, skills and creativity will make an amazing difference.

    To be a volunteer at Mayhew:

    • You must be able to commit to working the same shift each week
    • You must be over 18
    • You do not necessarily need experience, although it is advantageous
    • You will need to provide two professional references

    What else should I know?

    • You can commit the amount of time that’s right for you
    • You will have to apply for a specific role through our Volunteer Portal
    • You will have a one month review period so that you and Mayhew can make sure the role is right for you
    • You can try out volunteering with Mayhew before you commit long term
    • You will also receive all of the training you need for your role
    • Mayhew cannot cover expenses

    Apply to volunteer with Mayhew

    Our application process includes an interview and an induction. * Please note we will not accept applications for roles in kennels or cattery unless these roles are advertised on our website.

    Apply to volunteer

    Get in touch

    For any questions about volunteering, please get in touch with our Volunteer Coordinator, Nathalie Quinn.

    Nathalie Quinn

    Volunteer Coordinator

    Investing in volunteers

    Mayhew is proud to have been awarded an Investing in Volunteers accreditation. Investing in Volunteers (IiV) is the UK quality standard for good practice in volunteer management.