Submitted by Steve on 10:50, 4th Sep, 2018 | 0

Last night we held our tenth volunteer induction of 2018 and welcomed 14 new volunteers taking the 2018 total to 132 new volunteers, placements and work experience since the start of the year inducted during these events.

Within the room there were volunteers of all ages and backgrounds from one looking to carry out her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh placement at the GSPCA to a mother and son looking to volunteer in the GSPCA Charity Shop. One volunteer attended looking to help with our Ambulance to those wanting to help with gardening and cake baking.  Most were keen to help with the animals and we have 4 new volunteers from the Duke of Richmond keen to help both in their work time during their volunteer days and in their own time when they can.

The volunteers had an induction with GSPCA Manager Steve Byrne who had to multi task with the injured animals arriving so the group got to see an induction video and then each had a chance to chat to Steve about how and when they can help.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said “It was lovely to meet all 14 new volunteers last night at the GSPCA.”

“They are all so keen and all are starting over the next two weeks with the first who has started this morning on the kennels.”

“In 2018 we have inducted 132 volunteers through our official inductions and over 160 through corporate social responsibility days, 20 voluntourists and over 140 placements through other schemes from the Probation Service to Work to Benefit, School Group helpers to individual volunteer inductions as well as many others.”

“We are blessed with an average 120 placements, volunteers and helpers every week, without which we couldn’t do so much but with more animals than we have ever had this Summer has been extremely challenging at the GSPCA.”

“Every month we run volunteer inductions and the next takes place at 6.30pm on Monday 1st October at the Shelter.”

“At last nights induction we also welcomed staff from the Duke of Richmond who are keen to help and we always love to hear from businesses looking to help at the GSPCA.”

“A huge thanks to all attended last night and we look forward getting all involved in the areas they are interested in helping at the GSPCA.”

The next induction is on Monday 1st October at 6.30pm and all are welcome, although for those wanting to help onsite at the Shelter the minimum age is 13.

For volunteers under 13 we have a huge amount of events taking place which they can help at with a parent or guardian.

The induction starts at 630pm and takes around 90 minutes and after a talk you get the chance to chat to a member of the team and set a date to start volunteering.

There are some key roles we are looking for new volunteers which include –

  • Gardening & Conservation Volunteers
  • Charity Shop Volunteer
  • Volunteer Ambulance Wardens
  • Maintenance and Grounds Work Volunteers
  • Cattery Volunteers
  • Kennel Volunteers
  • Small Animal Care Volunteers – especially rabbit and guinea pigs
  • Wildlife Volunteers
  • Reptile Volunteers
  • Dog Training Volunteers
  • Flag Day Volunteers
  • Fund Raising Volunteers
  • Volunteer Support Worker
  • Volunteer Receptionists
  • Volunteer Membership & Angel Pen Pal Secretary
  • Volunteer Cleaners
  • Volunteers to dress up as Giant Animal Mascots

The upcoming volunteer inductions are set for – 

  • Monday 1st October 2018 Volunteer Induction Evening Starts 630pm until approximately 815pm 
  • Monday 5th November 2018 Volunteer Induction Evening Starts 630pm until approximately 815pm 
  • Tuesday 4th December 2018 Volunteer Induction Evening Starts 630pm until approximately 815pm

Often volunteers are interested in working at the GSPCA and we are currently recruiting for Casual staff and if you are thinking of working for the GSPCA you can find out more by visiting -

For more information and additional induction dates please visit or call 257261

If your business or group would like to spend a day at the Shelter you can find out more by going to

To see the opening hours at the GSPCA please visit –

To see our upcoming guided tours please visit -

If you would like to help at one of our upcoming events or book a table at our Ball please give Michelle a call on 257261 or email [email protected]

To donate to the animals in our care please visit - 

To become an Angel Pen Pal Sponsor to sponsor the hoglets and support our work please visit -

To see our Wish List on our website please visit -

For other fund raising ideas and ways to support please visit -

To visit the details on the Urgent Kennel Floor Appeal please visit -

To find out how your business could help us at the GSPCA


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