We currently have the following volunteering opportunities at Animals in Distress:



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.

Till cover volunteers 

Volunteers are required at our Charity shop in Reddenhill Road for till cover. Mondays, Tuesday mornings and Friday mornings.  Hours to suit full training will be given.

Please pop in to the shop for a chat with Louise, Jess or Katherine.

Volunteer PAT Tester (Warehouse)

We are looking for a volunteer PAT Tester to work one day a week at our warehouse on Totnes Road, Paignton. If you hold a current PAT Testing qualification and could help, please contact Louise Moss on 01803 812121.

Volunteer Office Administration Assistant (part-time)

dog at deskWe are looking for help in our busy fundraising office, to help us with all aspects of office adminstration. This role is part-time (approximately 1 day per week, hours to suit).

We are looking for someone who is competent in Microsoft Office and ideally has experience of databases, though training will be given. A confident telephone manner would be desirable.

Could this be you? For more information please call 01803 812121 and speak to a member of the Fundraising Team.


Volunteer Kennel Assistant 

We are looking for a volunteer to help out in the kennels at our rescue centre in Ipplepen.

This role involves assisting the staff with cleaning, feeding, grooming, walking and socialising the dogs currently in our care.

We are looking for someone who is hardworking, and can commit to a regular day or half day per week, on an ongoing basis. Ideally we are looking for someone who is working towards an animal care or behaviour qualification, and has experience of working with domestic animals, gained by working at a similar establishment to Animals in Distress.

Applicants must be over the age of 18.

To apply for this position, please email a covering letter and CV to : dogs@animalsindistress.uk.com

If you would like to discuss the role, please call our Kennel Manager Clare Meir on 01803 812121.

Volunteer in our charity shops

We are always looking for volunteers to join our friendly retail teams in our charity shops across Torbay and South Devon. We could not run our shops without the dedicated help of all our fantastic volunteers.

If you like meeting people and would like to learn new skills, make new friends and build your CV and confidence, then please consider volunteering for a few hours a week in one of our shops. You would be part of our friendly team of fun and professional volunteers, and you would be helping the animals in our care at the same time. We currently have volunteering opportunities available in all of our shops, and we especially need more help on Saturdays.

The work is varied and can include:

  • serving customers
  • working on a till
  • creating window displays
  • sorting, sizing and displaying stock

We are also interested in the skills you can bring, such as knowledge about merchandising, or collectables.

If you would like to help at one of our shops, either pop in to your local shop and enquire, or call the Rescue Centre on 01803 812121 and ask for Louise Moss.

Warehouse Sorter

We are looking for a Volunteer Warehouse Sorter to help out in our Outlet Warehouse in Paignton. To apply, call Louise Moss on 01803 812121.

Collection Box Co-ordinator

We are looking for someone to help co-ordinate our collection boxes in the local community. If you like to get out and about and meet people, and would like to help the animals at the Rescue Centre at the same time, this could be the role for you.

Collection Tin Co-ordinator Volunteer Job Description

Events volunteer

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us with our events. If you love meeting people and can spare a few hours to support us during our event season, please get in touch.

Events & Fundraising Volunteer Job Description

If you would like to be volunteer at Animals in Distress, please fill out a Volunteer Application Form and return it either by post to Animals in Distress, Biltor, Edgelands Lane, Ipplepen, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 5UF or by email to info@animalsindistress.uk.com

Work experience students: 
we are very sorry but we cannot take any more work experience or Duke of Edinburgh students at the moment.