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Being a Volunteer

GAWS rely heavily on volunteer involvement to help achieve positive outcomes for animals in our care.
Being a volunteer is a rewarding, educational, exciting and most importantly, fun experience.
Interacting with our animals through participating in basic training with dogs, play time with a cat, providing a clean and welcoming shelter environment, or even something as simple as giving a dog a pat on the head can have an amazing effect on our animals.

It is remarkable to watch how an animal can respond positively to some love and attention whilst in the shelter.
Some volunteers choose to support the GAWS cause by volunteering at our off site Op Shop that supports the work we do.

Our Volunteer Program and the duties it entails are specifically targeted to best serve our animals’ needs.
Volunteers are one of our most valuable assets and are greatly appreciated, not only by our staff, but by our animals, too.

Our volunteers are involved in a variety of roles from interacting with dogs, cats and pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs, rodents and birds, organising fresh bedding for the animals, helping at our events and fundraising days, feeding our animals, working in our Op Shop, transporting animals to rescue groups, and many other activities.

GAWS also host students between the ages of 16-18 years participating in community service programs through educational institutions, and host students requiring placement hours as a component of an animal related course of study. Once-off student community service hours can be completed on weekends and during school holiday periods, and longer placements can be accommodated either in a week block, or performed over a number of weeks to complete the total hours required by your course.

Become a Volunteer

If you would like to make a difference to our animals by volunteering and can commit to a regular weekly schedule for a period of at least six months, have a passion for animal welfare and are over the age of 18, or would like to arrange your student experience with us please contact us.

To be eligible to become a Volunteer at GAWS, all volunteers must:

  • Be 18 years or older or 16 if completing hours as part of an educational program
  • Have the ability to provide us with a current National Volunteer Police Check, Working With Children check, or equivalent
  • Complete relevant orientation and training
  • Attend ongoing information and education sessions
  • Sign and agree to our Confidentiality Agreement
  • Keep us updated with any changes in availability or contact details
  • Complete our volunteer application form > Volunteer application form 2016

Volunteer vacancies are identified, interviews are held and suitable applicants are selected for each volunteer position. Following this, induction and training is given to successful volunteer applicants. Students arranging experience will be asked to fill out an application form and will then be assigned work placement date/s and times.