Animals in Distress is run by a passionate and dedicated team of staff.

Our Rescue Centre, where we look after the pets, and our Head Office are based in Ipplepen near Newton Abbot. We also have a number of charity shops across South Devon that raise vital funds to support the work at the Rescue Centre.

If you are interested in working with us, details of our current vacancies can be found here.

Trustee (Unremunerated)

Trustees play a vital role in the day-to-day running of our Charity. Volunteering to become a Trustee can be a truly rewarding thing to do.

What our Charity does

Animals in Distress was born out of the local community’s desire to help pets who had lost their homes. From humble beginnings, the Charity has grown and now takes in and rehomes over 600 cats, dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs in South Devon every year. We remain passionate about the welfare of the animals in our charge and we are dedicated to treating them with dignity and kindness until we find their new, forever homes.

Are you looking for a rewarding new challenge? 

Why become a Trustee

One of the most important attributes we need from our Trustees is the commitment to our organisation and enthusiasm about what we stand for. Becoming a Trustee is a fantastic way to give something back to a cause you care about. You’ll be playing an integral part in the way the Charity is run, ensuring it remains sustainable and financially viable. It is a great way to put your professional skills to use, a fantastic opportunity to learn new things and meet new people. You’ll get great insight into what’s involved in the management of charities and gain skills on working well within a leadership role.

What are we looking for?

We want to recruit people from a wide range of backgrounds who offer a variety of different skills and experience. Previous Trustee experience is not required and most people over 18 can become Trustees. We are particularly interested in people with experience in financial management, retail, fundraising and strategic planning.

What is commitment?

Four Board meetings per year, plus additional sub-committee meetings as required during the year. Trustees are also expected to attend occasional public or private events, for example profile, supporter or fundraising events, strategy planning, training, conferences, seminars and Board away days. Although there is no remuneration for your service as a Trustee (you would be reimbursed for reasonable out of pocket expenses), there are many benefits which can be gained from volunteering as a Trustee.

What can we offer?

We can offer training and personal development, the opportunity to develop strong community ties, develop employment related skills, mutual support and friendship and the knowledge that you are contributing to a great cause.

How to find out more information

If you would like to learn more about becoming a Trustee and the recruitment process, please take a look at the Trustee Recruitment Pack which you can download here. If you would like to learn more about the role then please call our CEO Neil Thomas on 01803 812121.

If you believe that you have the skills that we are looking for and are willing and able to take up a position on the board of Trustees, we would love to hear from you.

See our other current volunteering opportunities