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.

Animal Welfare Assistant – Cattery

Contract Type: Temporary position (Maternity Cover) – Full Time

Hourly Rate: £ 8.44

A temporary vacancy to cover maternity leave has arisen within the Cattery Department, the position is full time, working 5 days per week on a rota system, a total of 35 hours. Weekends and Bank Holidays will form part of your working week

The main functions of the role are to provide daily care and husbandry for the cats in the Rescue Centre, establish good customer relations and maintain administration procedures in use. This role involves cleaning, feeding, grooming, medicating and socialising the animals currently in our care.

We are looking for someone who is hardworking, has animal related qualifications (NVQ Level 2 in small animal care), has experience of working with domestic animals, gained by working at similar establishment as Animals in Distress, reliable with excellent communication skills and is able to work weekends. The successful candidate will be flexible to cover holiday and sickness.

Download job description and person specification

To apply for this position, please email a covering letter and CV to: .

CLOSING DATE: Monday 27th May 2019 – Interviews will be held at the Rescue Centre, Ipplepen on Monday 10th June 2019

Please note: if you haven’t received a response within 1 week of the closing date, regrettably your application has not been successful on this occasion.

Retail Sales Assistant – Preston

An exciting opportunity has become available for a Retail Sales Assistant to join our successful retail department.

Must be able to deal confidently with customer queries, serve customers and generally be the face of Animals in Distress, so good communication skills are essential.

The stock changes daily and is varied from clothing, books, music , film items, homeware, furniture and new products,  therefore experience in selling is desirable, although full training will be given.

Salary and hours of work

£ 8.22 per hour –14 hours weekly to include some weekends and Bank Holidays – 2 days per week

9.00am to 5.00pm



Main Activities:

  • Caretaking of the shop in the absence of the Manager
  • Building the reputation of the shop in the local area
  • Sorting and pricing of donated items
  • Operating computerised till and promoting Gift Aid
  • Displaying items in the shop in an attractive, customer friendly way and helping to create eye catching window displays
  • Interacting with customers and volunteers
  • Cashing up at end of day
  • Any other duties inherent to the daily running of a retail shop


Retail experience essential with knowledge of fashion trends

Enjoy interacting with people and working as part of a team

Good communication and numeracy skills essential

Good organisational skills and creativity to think of ways to increase sales


Closing Date: 27th May 2019

Download job description and person specification

To apply please send your CV to:

Jobs @

Interviews will be held Thursday 6th June 2019


Please note: if you haven’t heard from us within one week of the closing date, regrettably on this occasion you have not been successful.

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