Opening Hours

General Hours: 
Most Days: 9am - 5pm
Wednesdays:  10am - 5pm
CLOSED: Sundays and Public Holidays

Animal Viewing Hours:  10am - 4pm
Saturdays: 9am - 4pm


Thank you for your interest in volunteering with RSPCA ACT. Please see information on the type of roles available below.

We rely on the community to continue to provide care for the thousands of animals that come into our shelter every year. Our dedicated volunteers provide invaluable assistance in many different areas and are an indispensable part of our organisation.

The RSPCA ACT have some requirements that apply to potential volunteers:

  1. Volunteers must be a minimum of 18 years of age;
  2. Volunteers must hold Working with Vulnerable People registration. You can apply for this online through Access Canberra
  3. Volunteers working at the shelter, in animal based roles, need to commit to a minimum contribution of one two hour shift per week, for a six month period;
  4. Volunteers are required to complete our online induction program;
  5. Volunteers will be required to attend an orientation session during weekday business hours;
  6. For safety reasons, volunteers working with animals must meet the RSPCA ACT Essential Capabilities for Animal Based Volunteer Roles;
  7. Volunteers working with animals must undergo a role based training program to ensure the safety of themselves, the animals, staff and members of the public;
  8. The RSPCA ACT do not offer short term volunteer placements for roles working with animals due to the level of training required to undertake these roles;
  9. We do not offer corporate volunteering opportunities other than for events. All shelter related corporate involvement will be managed through the Corporate Support Days program.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with RSPCA ACT!


RSPCA ACT Event Volunteer

Animal based roles occur daily, 365 days per year. Volunteers commit to a regular role each week.  






Shift Times

8:30am - 10:30am

8:30am - 10:30am

1:30pm - 3:30pm


General starting point. Applicants should have experience with dogs and be confident interacting with dogs of all sizes.

Applicants should have experience walking dogs of all sizes, with a specific focus on large dogs with limited training.

Applicants should have experience working with dogs of all sizes, a good general understanding of dog behaviour, and be confident spending time with dogs in enclosed, noisy environments.

Kennels Cleaner Volunteer Position Description

Kennels Walker Volunteer Position Description

Kennels Sitter/Socialiser Volunteer Position Description

Tangos (Cat Boarding Facility)

TANGOS (Cat boarding facility)

Tangos Assistant

Shift Times

10:00am - 11:30am or 2:30pm - 4:00pm


Applicants should have experience with cats and be confident interacting with them.

Tangos Assistant Volunteer Position Description




Shift Times

8:30am - 10:30am


Applicants should have experience with domestic birds including chickens and ducks and be confident interacting with them.

Domestics Cleaner Volunteer Position Description

Pet Adoption Centre


Pet Adoption Centre Assistant

Adoption Liaison

Kids N Kritters Support

Shift Times


2:30pm - 4:30pm weekdays

Various - school holidays only


Applicants should be physically fit enough to lift up to 10kgs on a regular basis and push a trolley containing large items around the uneven shelter grounds.

Applicants should have good verbal communication skills and be confident making phone calls on behalf of the RSPCA ACT to follow up the progress on animals that have recently been adopted.

Applicants will support our staff members to deliver our school holiday education program for children. Applicants should enjoy spending time with small groups of children and supporting them to do craft activities.

Pet Adoption Centre Assistant Volunteer Position Description

Adoption Liaison Volunteer Position Description

Kids n Kritters Support Volunteer Position Description



Maintenance Assistant

Shift Times



Applicants should have good general experience in maintenance and/or gardening type tasks. Specific skills in relation to trades are of great use.

Maintenance Assistant Volunteer Position Description

Dog Training School


Dog Training School Assistant

Shift Times

Various - generally on weekends, of one hour duration


Applicants should have experience in the use of positive reinforcement training techniques and a keen interest in dog training.

Dog Training School Assistant Volunteer Position Description

Foster Care


Foster Carer


Foster carers take animals into their homes and provide the love and care needed to prepare them for adoption. Timeframes for fostering differ depending on the type of animal. Find out more about becoming a Foster Carer.



Donation Collection

Shift Times



Applicants require access to transport and must be willing to disseminate and collect donations from locations around Canberra and deliver them to and from the RSPCA ACT shelter in Weston.

Donation Collection Volunteer Position Description