When you're ready to put your hand up to help, we've got the volunteer options to suit you.
On this page, you can read all about the different ways you can volunteer for SPCA Auckland. Once you have decided how your would like to help, visit our volunteer vacancy page
to see what positions are available.
Animal Village Volunteer
Volunteering at the SPCA Auckland Animal Village is a big commitment but one you will find extremely rewarding. Our Village volunteers help out in all areas including working in the hospital area, helping with the cats, dogs, and small animals, and working on the farm. Each job has its own tasks, including:
- Cleaning cages.
- Feeding the animals.
- Bathing and caring for the animals.
- Walking dogs.
- Interacting with cats.
- Taking care of our small animals (guinea pigs, rabbits, rats and mice).
- Large animal care.
- Helping the administration teams.
- Welcoming visitors to the Animal Village.
You can volunteer to work either:
- Weekdays: 4 to 8 hours once a week.
- Weekends: 4 to 8 hours once every four weeks.
To volunteer in the Animal Village you need to be at least 18. If you are younger than this, don’t worry – there are still plenty of ways you can help.
Animal Village Intern
Throughout the year we have a number of interns who work in different areas of the SPCA Auckland Animal Village. If you are a student or are looking to study, an internship can be a great way to get the required hours you need, or get a feel for working with the animals. If you are interested, visit our vacancies page for more information.
Volunteer Stores Person
We have a lot of generously donated goods eg: food, blankets, towels, newspaper that the public kindly bring out to the village. It is important that the storage room ‘Creature Comforts’ is kept orderly and tidy so that we can get what we need easily and to adhere to our health and safety standards. Therefore, we are looking for a Volunteer Stores Person to help us out 2-3 days during the week. This is physical work as a lot of the goods are heavy so lifting is part of the role. This is a central, social role for the village as every department interacts here at one point in the day.
If you are organised, self-motivated and friendly and would like to hear more about the opportunity, please contact us at VolunteerInfo@spca.org.nz.
SPCA Auckland is lucky to have a number of people who want to help the animals, but don’t wish to play a hands-on role. Our Admin Volunteers help out in a different areas with photocopying, data entry, and various mail-outs.
Op Shop Volunteer
Op Shop Volunteers help out in lots of ways, including working in the shop, sorting through pre-loved items, washing clothes, and mending items that need minor repairs. The Op Shops are open year round, Monday to Saturday in Browns Bay, Howick, Onehunga and Glen Innes.
For information on helping out, please contact your local store. You can find a store listing here.
Be part of the public face of the SPCA. You will be transporting animals and or donated goods to and from our shelter at Mangere. You will be assigned jobs by our call centre and collect animals from members of the public and veterinary clinics. You'll need good people skills, plus basic animal handling skills and the ability to multi-task. You must have a full, clean licence and able to drive a manual transmission van. Training will be provided for this role.
Throughout the year, SPCA Auckland is involved with a number of events, including sausage sizzles, manning stands at community days, or our annual cupcake day. Event Volunteering is ideal for those people who lead busy lives and are unable to commit to regular days. If you are interested in becoming an event volunteer, register your interest and we will contact you when we have events coming up.
Appeal Week Collector
SPCA Appeal Week runs from 4 –10 November and helps to raise vital funds for the animals. We will have street appeal collectors out in the Auckland region from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 November. Registrations are now closed.
This fun role involves cutting up sheets and blankets into squares for the animals and making plaited rope toys for our dogs to use as enrichment toys. This can be done at home and you can involve all the family. If you have children under 18 years of age who wish to help the SPCA, this is one of the ways that they can get involved.