Battersea Need Volunteer Home Visitors

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home rehome over 9,000 animals across the country (mainly within the South East) each year. They occasionally carry out home or facility checks. To help with this they use Volunteer Home Visitors who help them ensure that they find the animals happy, permanent homes.

Volunteer at Battersea Dogs & Cats HomeHome Visiting Volunteers aid Battersea staff by going out to prospective homes that are intending to rehome one of their animals. This could be to check any number of things, from whether a garden is securely fenced to whether a flat has sufficient room for a large dog.

This important information is then reported back to the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Rehoming Team to allow them to find the best-suited homes for the animals.

Can you help?

The main activities of a Home Visiting Volunteer includes:

  • Home visits to people who have applied to rehome an animal
  • Reporting findings to the Operations Team
  • On occasion, visiting people after rehoming

No qualifications are needed but the following skills help:

  • People and communication skills
  • Some IT skills and access to the internet in order to report on visits
  • The ability to work on your own
  • Experience of owning a cat or dog

Volunteers are asked to carry out a minimum of 4 home visits per year within an agreed postcode area within Greater London. You will need to attend an evening training session and bi-annual forums. You will be supplied with a volunteer uniform and will receive support from a dedicated Volunteer Coordinator.

How to apply

Visit their website and download an application form.

Application closing date is 9am Monday 9th March 2015. Interviews will take place the week commencing 16th March and training sessions will be held at the end of March.

Other volunteer vacancies

Volunteers play many vital roles at the animal home. Over 1,000 volunteers work at or around the three centres in London, Old Windsor and Brands Hatch. They provide companionship, stimulation and exercise for the dogs and cats, assist in kennels and offices, carry out community engagement, welcome visitors to the centres, and provide foster care for our dogs and cats.

For ways to volunteer, visit