This rewarding volunteer role would suit any applicants that love dogs and are committed to improving their welfare; people wishing to experience hands-on work with the dogs in our care and want to learn about the basic care and health requirements for future work in the industry; and anyone looking for a worthwhile way to spend their spare time.

The role involves the daily cleaning of the animals' pens, which includes hosing, sweeping and scooping poop! Hygiene control is very important, as is keeping the animals stocked up with food, water, bedding and toys. This role also involves assisting in keeping the Shelter environment presentable, helping with Laundry duties and general tidying up. Volunteers in this role need to be happy to work hard (be physically fit) and be willing to get their hands dirty.

As enrichment is such a key component in supporting the animals-in-care, it is possible that selected animal care volunteers can progress to combining this role with a Behaviour Enrichment role. RSPCA encourages the training in Behaviour Enrichment for suitable candidates. Behaviour Enrichment includes tasks such as: dog walking, basic animal behaviour training, and making enrichment toys.

Skills required – Confidence with dogs of all sizes; the ability to work independently; the ability to stand for long periods; be physically fit; ability to cope with increased noise levels; attention to detail; ability to follow instructions.

Skills to be gained – Animal husbandry; animal handling and training techniques; animal disease control; animal shelter experience; basic animal behaviour knowledge.

Benefits – Contact with lots of dogs; time to play and interact with our dogs; experience in the animal industry; and a friendly new community.

Volunteer characteristics required – Excellent team work skills; hard working; excellent communication skills; and commitment.

Volunteers needed – Shifts are available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8.30am - 12.30pm, and Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 1.00pm – 5.00pm. We request a minimum commitment of 1 shift per week for a minimum of three months to ensure consistency and continuity with the animals. Orientation and training in relation to animal interaction and animal husbandry will be provided.

PLEASE NOTE: As part of volunteering with us you will be required to purchase an RSPCA Volunteer T-shirt for $30. It is also a requirement that before handling animals at the RSPCA you have an up to date Tetanus vaccination.

Contact our Mackay Volunteer Program Support Team on volunteering.mackay@rspcaqld.org.au, or APPLY NOW below. Please specify that you want to work with dogs, and the day and time you can commit to in your application.

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