We have currently put a hold on recruiting animal care volunteers until June. If you are interested in volunteering within animal care at our centre please get back in touch in June with a completed application form, that can be found below. Other volunteering vacancies are still available such as Fundraising. Please see below for details.


Thank you for your interest in volunteering for us.

Volunteering can be really rewarding and you’ll be making a positive contribution to the care and welfare of animals in the Warrington, Halton and St Helens area. Volunteering is also a great way of getting back to work after a break, meeting new friends or learning new skills. Just a few hours a week makes a huge difference.

Please note that due to health and safety and insurance purposes, we do not take  volunteers at our animal centre who are under the age of 18.

To apply, please register your interest via the application form below and we will get back to you with more information on your chosen role. Please be aware, we may not be recruiting to all roles at any given time.

How can you help?

Fundraising and helping at events

We are a separately registered charity to the national RSPCA, which means we are in continuous need of funds to support the everyday costs of maintaining the animal centre and clinic.

Events are regularly organised by our fundraiser, to raise funds and the profile of the branch. We welcome people who can help us organise these and/or assist at the events themselves.

We have events throughout the year and you could help by manning stalls, joining us for shopping centre and store collections, taking on a round of static collection boxes – and so much more!

Although you may not be working directly with the animals, the money you raise as a fundraising volunteer will help so many of the animals in our care and it will have a real impact on the growth of our branch. This is a really informal way to volunteer that will make a big difference. If you are interested in becoming a fundraising volunteer please click the link below to apply.

Fundraising Volunteer Profile

Volunteer application form

Volunteer work at the Animal Centre

The animal centre employs a small number of paid staff to carry out the general day-to-day work of looking after the animals in our care. However, we really need the help from volunteers and there are many way you can get involved at the centre.

The role profiles for all four roles we have available currently are listed below along with the application form and volunteer policy to help you decide what you would like to do within our branch.

Click on the links below to read the four roles profiles:

Volunteers are a really important asset to our branch, and we are really grateful for your interest. Please click on the ‘policy on volunteering’ before applying and read this thoroughly. Once you have read this, you can click on the ‘volunteer application form’ link and send the completed version through to us.

Please complete the application form fully, including contact details for two referees. Please note, we are unable to accept volunteer applications from people under the age of 18, and referees also need to be over the age of 18. They should ideally have known you for at least 2 years, and should not be a family member or personal friend. This is important as volunteers are not able to start until we have received suitable references.

We look for a regular commitment from our volunteers. Please specify on your application which day(s) and time(s) you are likely to be available. We will confirm this with you later in the application process.


Thank you again for your interest, and we look forward to receiving your completed application, which can be emailed to admin@rspca-whs.org.uk or posted to Olivia Hugill, RSPCA Warrington Halton and St Helens, Slutchers Lane, Warrington, WA1 1NA.

Runcorn Clinic assistants

We are presently looking for volunteers to staff the Runcorn Animal First Aid Clinic on Thursday afternoons.

The Clinic operates a rota system so you will have a duty slot every 4 – 6 weeks (depending on availability across the whole team). The Clinic is open to the public from 3.00pm – 3.30pm, any clients arriving within that period sees the vet and vet nurse on a first-come-first-served basis.

As a Clinic volunteer:

  • You would arrive at the Clinic at around 2.30pm, turn on various appliances, prepare signing-in sheets etc. and then open the waiting room door at 3.00pm.
  • You would then be stationed in the treatment room and be responsible for taking payments for treatments. You will not be involved in the treatment of the animals or in giving advice to owners. However, you learn a lot just by observing!
  • Once the vet has left, you would clean up the Clinic (light duty), record the takings, switch off appliances and secure the Clinic before leaving (this would be anywhere from 4.00pm to, more rarely, 5.00pm, depending on how many clients have visited). You would be responsible for banking the takings at the PO.

Due to the nature of the work we do you must be 18 years old to volunteer at the Clinic.

Construction / DIY skills?

Volunteers are needed to help with maintenance and repairs at the Warrington animal centre and Runcorn clinic. Things we need doing include:

  • painting/repair of walls and ceilings
  • replacing worn external doors
  • creating and mounting signs and info boards across the animal centre
  • and lots more!

Please contact us if you can help us!


We are always looking for people to join the committee that currently look after the affairs of the branch.  The branch is managed by a committee of between 7 and 14 trustees who are elected annually. The trustees normally meet on a monthly basis to discuss the management of the animal centre, clinic and shop.  Note: This is an active trusteeship.

There is no financial commitment required; we are looking for people who bring enthusiasm and skills which will assist with the running of the branch.

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