Volunteering with animals at Rescue Helpers Unite – how it works

At Rescue Helpers Unite, we want to make your experience of getting started volunteering with animals as simple and enjoyable as possible.

How the process works…

When registering on our website, you can provide an answer to the questions:

  • Can you foster?
  • Can you transport?
  • Can you homecheck?

And we ask that you answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to these questions and, if required, add a little more info (for example ‘can only transport weekends’, or ‘can only foster dogs, no cats or small animals’). You are also asked in which county (or counties) you can help.

Once filled in this information will be displayed on your profile, and we will use this to know when to contact you in regards to a request an animal rescue has posted.

Rescue requests…

Rescues can request help with anything via our website, but our main categories of request posts are:

  • Homechecks needed
  • Transport needed
  • Fostering needed

Rescues post their requests on the forum, and RHU Helpers and Moderators will then send a PM (private message) to all the members from that area, to see if anyone can help.

Rescues post fundraising appeals in our Fundraising and Appeals section, so all members are welcome to donate and take part in fundraising events, and please spread the word to your family and friends too. We also get requests for volunteer dog walking, hands-on help at promotional and fundraising events and sometimes most importantly – SPREADING THE WORD!

If people don’t know about rescues (and honestly most people don’t pay much attention) then animals will not be adopted in a timely manner, and this is when the ‘backlog’ occurs and time runs out for animals in urgent need of rescue care. Often animals will be euthanised if no help can be found, so it really is imperative that we get the word out to as many people as possible, and keep the rescue wheels turning, help animals find new homes, and help rescues to help more animals (which is our motto!).


We hope this post gives a bit more of an insight in to what’s involved with using the Rescue Helpers Unite forum to become an animal rescue volunteer. If you’ve got any queries about volunteering or using RHU, please feel free to leave us a comment below. Thanks!

10 thoughts on “Volunteering with animals at Rescue Helpers Unite – how it works

  1. I was formerly recommended this website via a cousin. I’m not sure no matter if this put in is written with him as not everybody else notice such positive approximately a trouble. You may be incredible! Thanks for your time!

  2. I love animals un would really like 2 help i am 22 my time is quite limited atm as i have a 7month old baby to look after i have loved animals ever since i was 9 please let me no what i can do to help x

  3. Hi Emily, well done for your enthusiasm! So nice to see young people wanting to get involved. Obviously some rescues may have concerns with younger volunteers (usually because of insurance I assume) but if you can get an adult to accompany you I think you should go for it, many rescues would welcome the help!

    Check out our animal rescue directory and see if there’s any rescues in your area that you can contact direct (you can search by county using the dropdown menu on the left) or if you can’t find any rescues listed there feel free to come and post on our forum, let us know what county you are in and we’ll do our best to put you in touch with a rescue – http://RescueHelpersUnite.co.uk (if you don’t want to register an account you can just post in the guest area)

    Thanks!
    Jo
    Rescue Helpers Unite Admin

  4. Hello I was just wondering the same thing as I would really like to help with the animals at the Center and getting envolved. I am 14 but love animals and always have, I just want to help! If anyone wants any help please reply. Thank you.
    Emily

  5. Hello I was just wondering the same thing as I would really like to help with the animals at the Center and getting envolved. I am 14 but love animals and always have, I just want to help! If anyone wants any help please reply. Thank you.
    Emily xx

    • Hi Elizabeth, I think the best way would be to find a rescue in your local area – (check out out animal rescue directory where you can search by location) – and get in touch with them, or you’re welcome to come and join our rescue volunteering forum and contact any of the rescues we have registered there. Some rescues may ask you to bring an older person with you though as I think for insurance purposes some rescues will not be allowed to have a 13 year old volunteering alone, but don’t let that put you off. Good luck, let us know how you get on! :)

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