What to expect

This position is pivotal to the smooth running of our Foster Care program.  Foster carers provide much-needed love and support for animals who need temporary care prior to becoming available for adoption. Over 7,000 animals are cared for by dedicated foster carers each year, and every animal in a foster home is one less animal that our staff and volunteers need to attend to in the shelter, leaving more resources to dedicate to those in-shelter animals and creating greater capacity so that more animals can come into the RSPCA’s care.  In this role you will be working with a small team who are responsible for ensuring all our wonderful foster carers have all the information and supplies they need for the animals in their care. 

What are the benefits?

  • The personal satisfaction of giving an animal a second chance and helping them to find their ‘furever’ homes
  • Opportunity to gain an insight into the busy Foster Care department
  • Opportunity to gain new skills or further develop existing administration skills
  • Becoming part of a dedicated team who makes a difference in the lives of animals every day. 

What are the tasks?

  • Preparing all paperwork and equipment required for Foster Carers, including appropriate food, bedding, travel crates, toys, medications as required
  • Assisting with handling the animals and preparing them for travel
  • Administering intestinal wormer and flea treatments to canines and felines as required
  • Updating the internal RSPCA database with all relevant animal and Foster Carer details
  • Ensuring the foster preparation area and stores are kept clean and tidy at all times

What skills and characteristics do I need?

  • Sound computer skills (i.e. database entry and Word)
  • Sound administrative skills (i.e. able to follow step-by-step standard operating procedures and guidelines)
  • Confidence in handling cats, kittens, dogs and puppies
  • Methodical and precise in your approach to tasks with good attention to detail
  • Be physically fit (able to lift 10kg)
  • Enthusiasm and good humour!

Please note: due to the level of supervision and at times confronting nature of this role, you must be at least 18 years of age to volunteer. 

When can I volunteer?

  • Monday or Tuesday, 8:30am - 12:30pm
  • We request a minimum commitment of 1 x four hour shift per week for a minimum of 3 months to ensure consistency and continuity with the animals.   Orientation and animal training will be provided.

Where can I volunteer?

  • This role is located at our Wacol Animal Care Campus in Brisbane
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.


For further information, please contact our Brisbane Volunteer Coordinator on 3426 9915 or volunteering@rspcaqld.org.au, or APPLY NOW below.

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