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.

Cattery Deputy Manager

An exciting opportunity has recently become available at our Rescue Centre in Ipplepen. We are looking for a “Cattery Deputy Manager” for our busy Cattery Department.

The successful candidate will have experience working with cats and have the ability to manage the Animal Welfare Assistants and volunteers in the absence of the Manager.

Must be confident in supporting the Cattery Manager in the welfare of all the cats and ensure the efficient daily operations of the cattery and to also assist the Manager with the administrative aspect of the cattery, including rotas, training and any other deputising duties as required.

The post holder must be able to provide daily care and husbandry for the cats at the Rescue Centre, establish good customer relations and maintain administration procedure in place.

Responsible for the allocation and conduct of work within the Cattery department, including the supervision and practical training of Animal Welfare Assistants and volunteers allocated to the facility.

Main Activities:

  • Day to day supervision of Animal Welfare Assistants and volunteers including the allocation of duties, coaching and support to staff and volunteers within the facilities in the absence of the Manager and as required by the Manager
  • Ensuring the daily routines are carried out following the set procedures for the Cattery Department.
  • Carry out checks on cats, including the inspection of eyes, ears, nose and throat for signs of infection or abnormality. Identify animals requiring veterinary assessment and organize that examination.
  • The daily care, preparing and providing food and water, hygiene, cleanliness and exercise, as appropriate, for the animals in the facilities.
  • Supervision of animal handling and transportation, prevention of outbreaks and transmission of disease.
  • Routine animal behaviour monitoring/assessment prior to rehoming.
  • Attend to the needs of the client/customer/general public, face to face or via the telephone.
  • Represent the Charity whilst at the Rescue Centre, offsite and at events as required


  • Animal related qualification (i.e.NVQ L3 in small animal care)
  • Enjoy interacting with people and working as part of a team
  • Outstanding communication and numeracy skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Proficient in assessing small animals and potential re-homer’s suitability

Salary and hours of work

£ 9.50 per hour – 35 hours weekly to include weekends and Bank Holidays

Download job description and person specification

To apply for the Cattery Deputy Manager position, please email your CV and covering letter to: by Sunday 8th September 2019

If you have not heard from us by a week after the closing date, regrettably you have not been successful on this occasion.


Community and Events Fundraiser

Permanent position – Salary £ 22k – £ 25k, depending on experience

About the role

We are looking for a proactive and dynamic Fundraiser to join the Fundraising and Communication team. The successful candidate will work alongside the existing Community and Events Fundraiser to collectively take responsibility for the Animals in Distress community and events fundraising strategy to increase income and provide sustainable income streams for the Charity. We have a proud history within our community and are well supported through our long standing volunteers and chain of charity shops. We are looking for someone to grow this support and to spread the word about the work that we do so we can help more animals that need us.

About you 

If you are a team player looking to get involved in the busy and exciting world of community and events fundraising, we want to hear from you. We are looking for someone with at least 2 years’ experience working in a fundraising role with a proven track record of successfully building relationships with supporters. You will be proactive and motivated, with demonstrable experience of identifying new opportunities and maximising them. You will be a confident public speaker and have the ability to enthuse those around you. You will enjoy organising events and are experienced at ensuring events remain in budget and to an appropriate return on investment ratio. You will share our passion for animals and will be motivated by our mission to find the perfect forever homes for animals that come into our care.

About us

When a dog, cat, guinea pig or rabbit becomes homeless through no fault of their own in South Devon, Animals in Distress is there for them. We provide first class, loving care for the animals that need us, while we find their forever home. We currently rehome 600 animals each year from our rescue centre in Ipplepen, Newton Abbot.

To apply:

Please email your CV and covering letter to:

Or by post: Animals in Distress, Biltor, Edgelands Lane, Ipplepen, Newton Abbot TQ12 5UF

Download Job Description & Person Specification 


Closing date for applications: Sunday 8th September 2019

Interviews: Tuesday 24th September 2019

Please note: if you have not been contacted within a week of the closing date, regrettably, on this occasion you have not been successful.


See our current volunteering opportunities