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Tel: 0300 111 4321

Email: reception@danaheranimalhome.org.uk

Opening Hours:

11:00 to 15:00 - Every day except Wednesdays

Weekends are by appointment only

Registered Charity No: 1112369


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Kennel Assistant & Dog Walking Volunteer

This volunteer role at Danaher Animal Home will provide vital support to the kennel staff. It is an excellent opportunity to gain practical and theoretical knowledge of animal behaviour and training, and a chance to apply, learn and expand a wide range of skills. This is an essential role at the Home, which will make a difference to the lives of the hundreds of dogs who pass through our doors each year and help them in their journey to reach their new home.

If you are thinking of starting a career in kennel management/animal welfare, this is a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable skills, experience and to work directly with dogs in our care.

Role Purpose

To assist animal care assistant staff in cleaning, feeding, walking and animal husbandry

Main Activities/Tasks

Assist with Cleaning, feeding and run rotation

Adhere to walking charts and volunteer grading

Ensure walking equipment is fitted correctly

Remove dogs from kennels in a confident and controlled manner

Walk all dogs on two leads (one must be a slip lead)

Ensure dogs are walked on defined routes

Ensure poo bags are used to collect dog waste

Ensure kennels are clean and dry before putting a dog back

Ensure dog is dry before putting it back in the kennel

Ensure water bowls are always full

Assisting with animal husbandry, including kennel enrichment

Reporting any health or behaviour observations

Carrying out relevant additional duties as required

Experience/Skills/Knowledge required

Experience of handling dogs, and a confident and sensible approach to animals

A flexible approach to work and ability to take instruction

Adhering to the policies of Danaher Animal Home

Excellent communication, teamwork and organisational skills

Ability to be self-motivated and have a positive attitude

Good verbal and written communication skills

Ability to show empathy and understanding when dealing with others

A strong interest in animal welfare, and an empathy and understanding of animals within a rescue environment

Support and training provided

Health and Safety training will be given by the Volunteer Coordinator as part of an induction programme, support and instruction will be provide by the animal care assistant team and experienced volunteers.


Volunteering will take place in the Kennels at RSPCA Danaher Animal Home, Thorley Farm, Hedingham Road, Wethersfield North Braintree, Essex, CM7 4EQ

Additional Information

Volunteers will need to:-

Attend a scheduled induction - This will take place one your application form has been received and processed

Attend and actively participate in a training workshop

Once the above has been completed, volunteers will be assessed and advised if they are able to walk dogs

Volunteers will then be advised which colour grade of dogs they are permitted to walk

Purchase a slip lead with a secure locking device which is to be used at all times along with any other walking equipment deemed appropriate by Danaher

Purchase at least a Polo T Shirt and ensure its worn at all times while on site

Wear provided PPE as necessary e.g High Viz, ear defenders

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