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About Volunteering with Animals

This website has been created by Rescue Helpers Unite, a UK non-profit organisation that was created in 2007 to provide a community where volunteers and animal rescues can come together to help more animals.

Since it’s creation, RHU members have helped over 14,000 animals from UK rescues, by fostering, transporting, homechecking, fundraising and lots more!

Our community has grown to include websites and pages for:


Interested in volunteering with animals?
Register at our Animal Rescue Volunteer Forum now


The Rescue Helpers Unite online forum

The RHU forum (*where the magic happens!) is managed by unpaid volunteers and our service is completely free for both volunteers and rescues.

We’re always on the look out for more volunteers so if you can help please do come and sign up or if there’s any other way you can help please feel free to get in touch. Thanks!


Animal overbreeding in the UK

Every year in the UK many thousands of animals are put to sleep because there’s simply nowhere for them to go, or no one to care for them. Many different types of animals are being overbred, including household pets like dogs and cats, which means rescues are overflowing, many being full to bursting point a lot of the time and running on very small budgets.

© Image Copyright Doris Banham Dog Rescue

TENS OF THOUSANDS of dogs are being euthanised EVERY YEAR in the UK & Ireland, simply due to lack of homes, yet still people are breeding and buying puppies.

The recession has just brought more trouble for the UK’s pets as large numbers of animals are being handed in by owners who feel they can no longer afford to care for them.

There are lots of ways to help rescues and it doesn’t cost you anything (although some volunteers offer to pay for things such as animal food costs).

With more volunteers rescues really could save more lives, so we need YOU to sign up now!

Register now


Volunteer Testimonials

“I think it’s a great place to chat along with similar minded folk … all willing to do their bit to assist in animal welfare.

I like meeting the people at each end on a transport run and dealing with the lovely dogs too.”

“My experiences on RHU are just great… really friendly bunch of people. We all take animal welfare very seriously, but also enjoy friendly banter, jokes, quizzes and much more.”

Rescue testimonials

“…it has been a fantastic asset in helping with transport runs, homechecks, foster homes and for German shepherd rescue it has been a real asset in helping with homechecks. Many of these would not have been achieved was it not for RHU”

“Since joining the forum in Feb 08 we have been able to find homes further afield in the South-East thanks to the fabulous homecheckers on RHU. This has ultimately meant we can help more dogs. The urgent cases has enabled us to know when a UK dog is in danger so we have taken more poundies this year than ever before.”

“Since becoming a member of rhu we have been able to broaden the areas we operate in and this in turn meant more rotts in distress were helped to find the forever homes…rhu members have carried out homechecks for us and this has enabled us to carry out what we do a lot easier.”


Volunteers needed across the UK

 

There are hundreds of independent animal rescues around the UK so we need volunteers in most areas:

Animal rescue volunteers needed in Bedfordshire

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