Volunteering – could your spare time help animals in need?

Going out for a walk

Without the help of volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to do half of what we do here at Leicester Animal Aid. However much time you have to spare, and whatever your interests are, there’s a way you could get involved and help. 

Volunteering is also a great way to try new activities, meet new people and to gain experience in new roles.

For some volunteer roles we have a limited number of positions available at any one time, so if the role you are interested in is currently filled we can keep your details on file.

You will need to be aged 18 or over to volunteer at LAA, due to insurance reasons. You will also need your own transport as we are not on any bus routes.

Apply for a role via the volunteer application form

General Centre roles

  • Gardening - we are very lucky to have lots of green space and planting on site but keeping everything tidy can be a challenge! If you are green fingered and like working outdoors, we would love to hear from you. Vacancies are available to help us care for our Paws-a-While Community Garden. Please complete the volunteer application form to apply.
  • Weekend Receptionist - we are looking for weekend receptionists to help us welcome customers and provide information to visitors to the Centre. For this role, we are looking for people experienced and confident with customer service. The hours are 9.30am-2.30pm on Saturday or Sunday. For this role, please apply in writing and send a CV to info@leicesteranimalaid.org.uk

Animal Care roles 

  • Dog Walking – dog walkers typically arrive on site around 8.30am and help staff to walk the 40+ dogs we have on You will need to be able to commit to attending on a regular day(s) as we need to be able to make sure all dogs get out for a good walk every morning. Our Kennel Manager will provide an induction to how we do things at LAA to keep everyone safe, and you will probably be ‘buddied up’ with a more experienced dog walker for your first few visits. Sorry no vacancies at the moment
  • Pet Sitting - volunteers spend quiet quality time with dogs and cats to help build their confidence. You need to be able to commit to attending on a regular day(s). For dogs pet sitting takes place between 12:30pm and 2:30pm and for cats from 11:00am to 2:30pm. Sorry no vacancies at the moment.
  • Cattery Cleaning– cattery cleaning volunteers usually arrive from 8am and are allocated to a section of the Cattery to clean down and make ready for the cats. Hygiene and infection control are especially important in the cattery environment as cat flu and other viruses can easily be transmitted if due care is not taken. You will need to be able to commit to attending on a regular day(s) as we rely heavily on volunteers to support our staff in keeping the Cattery clean and safe for our residents. Vacancies available on Monday, Thursday and Friday mornings. Please complete the volunteering form.  
  • Cat Grooming & Socialisation– grooming is an important bonding activity we do with all cats in the Cattery. Some cats may become withdrawn in the cattery environment or they may have been stray for a long time and need a bit more coaxing to interact with people again. Some 1 to 1 time with a volunteer can help the cats start to enjoy socialisation  Ideally, volunteers would need to be confident with cats and to give a regular commitment of time. Grooming and socialisation typically happens between 11am and 2pm, once the cattery has been cleaned. Sorry - no vacancies at the moment.
  • Dog fostering - some of our dogs find living in rescue difficult or may need extra attention if they are very young, very old, have long-term health problems or perhaps need a little more help with socialising or learning how to be a dog from a more experienced, confident friend. We are always looking for people that are able to commit to fostering dogs who need that little bit extra. Vacancies depend on the right match with a suitable animal. If you are interested, please complete the volunteering form.

Charity Shop Roles 

  • Charity Shop Volunteers– our onsite Charity Shop is open 7 days a week between 10am and 2.30pm and is manned by volunteers. You would need to be numerate and enjoy speaking with the customers. Sorry no vacancies at the moment. 
  • Charity Shop, South Wigston- We currently have vacancies in our South Wigston shop Tuesdays - Fridays 10am - 4pm, and Saturdays 10am - 3pm. You would need to be numerate and enjoy speaking with the customers. You would also need to be able to get to South Wigston and back. Sorry no vacancies at the moment. 
  • Donated Goods Sorter sorting the donated goods takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at the Centre. The sorters empty the donated goods sheds, decide on the best place to sell an item for maximum profit (we use eBay and auctions for some items for example) and price them for sale. Sorry no vacancies at the moment. 
  • Coffee Shop & Mini Market volunteers our Coffee Shop opens on the first Saturday of each month and is run by volunteers who prepare the food and drinks for customers. Six times a year we hold a Mini Market which is a large outdoor sale of donated goods. Goods are divided into sections around site and volunteers man the sections and are responsible for taking the sales of donated goods. Both Coffee Shop and Mini Market are usually very well attended so you would need to be used to working cleanly in a kitchen and not be phased by being busy! Sorry no vacancies  at the moment. 

Fundraising Roles

    • Event Support - to help support the wide range of events hosted by the Charity, full training provided. No regular commitment required. Sorry no vacancies at the moment.   
  • Local Food Collector -LAA is very lucky to be supported by many local supermarkets and businesses who have food collection points to help to provide food and toys for the dogs and cats at the Centre. We rely entirely on volunteers to help pick up and deliver this the Centre. Regular commitment is required and food bins are usually emptied weekly, although some are shared between a number of volunteers. Sorry no vacancies at the moment 

Corporate Volunteering Roles

As part of Corporate Social Responsibility Strategies, many companies are now offering their employees the opportunity to spend one or two working days per year helping at a charity.

  • Corporate Volunteers (Practical Projects)– Team volunteering days typically involve the renovation of an onsite area, making use of your team’s skills set whether that is painting, gardening or something more technical such as refitting a kitchen or storage space.  This usually takes place in the summer months, please feel free to complete the form
  • Skills Sharing– we are a small team and always appreciate support from businesses who are happy and able to share some of their skills, knowledge, expertise and time with us to help support the Charity's work. This could be in areas such as marketing, retail or online. If you think you can help, please complete the form

 For more information, please email info@leicesteranimalaid.org.uk or call 01455 888257.