Volunteering at Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary

Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary employs just 18 people, some full-time and some part-time and when we’re caring for up to 100 animals at any one time – we always need the help of people like you.

If you can offer any time to us, we’d appreciate it but more than that – our animals would love it.

There are lots of ways to get involved at the Sanctuary, from dog walking and cat socialising, to events, and helping in our charity shops.

We also offer work experience and Duke of Edinburgh placements. Click here to learn more.

We couldn’t do it without you.

Dog Walking

Dog Walking is the most popular way of volunteering and is open to anyone aged 16 and over. However, we are not registering new dog walkers at present. This is due to changes in our enrichment programme for our dogs. (Read more)

Dog walking times are: 9:30am to 12:15pm on Saturdays and Sundays ONLY.

By walking our dogs you help them in two main ways;

  1. They get the daily exercise they need to relieve some of the stress that comes with kennel life.
  2. They also get socialised with strangers, which helps their chances of being adopted.

Once registered, you can come at any time during dog walking hours. There is no need to pre-book. However, we can be very busy at weekends, school holidays and bank holidays and we may run out of dogs before the end of dog walking for that day.

We do not allow volunteers to bring their own dogs along for the walks.

If you are bringing young children with you, they can walk alongside the registered dog walker but cannot take hold of the lead or be in control of the dog at any time. We also advise you visit early as there are only a small number of dogs that are safe to walk alongside children.

Lastly, many of our dogs are large, strong and some can be naughty. As we have your safety in mind, as well as the safety of our dogs, our staff will decide which dogs are most suited to you. At busy times, this may mean we may only have dogs available for experienced volunteers.

Cat Socialising

Some of our cats enjoy meeting new people during their stay here and some of the more timid ones need patient and gentle people to help them adjust to strangers.

Cat socialising takes place from 2-3pm every day, including weekends.

If you have a calm and gentle nature and are fond of cats, please arrange a visit using the booking system link below.

When Booking an Appointment, please make sure you select ‘2 people’ if you want 2 people to visit, otherwise it’s one person per appointment. You cannot book a 1 person appointment and bring someone else with you.

We do not accept bookings via email, phone or Facebook.

Please read our terms and conditions before booking.

Rabbit Socialising

Some of our rabbits come to us having had little positive contact and handling with people. Therefore, to help them settle when they go to a new home, it’s great if they have had really positive interactions with strangers, whilst in our care.

If you’re thinking of adopting rabbits, it’s also essential to learn lots about them, their needs and their ideal routines, before adopting.

Rabbits do not like being picked up but are very inquisitive and affectionate in nature, so all interactions will be at ground level. This will help you keep your rabbits happy and healthy.

If you’re interested in rabbit socialising, please book an appointment using the link below.
Please be aware that our rabbit enclosures are outdoors and it can be cold during autumn and winter, so please consider this before booking.

When Booking an Appointment, please make sure you select ‘2 people’ if you want 2 people to visit, otherwise it’s one person per appointment. You cannot book a 1 person appointment and bring someone else with you.

All children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Please read our terms and conditions before booking.

Charity Shop Assistance

We have shops in Carterton, Didcot, and Summertown & Witney.

Why not pop in and have a chat about joining our team, whether you can offer a couple of hours, half a day, or a whole day – your help will be appreciated.

Volunteering in our charity shops involves:

  • Sorting and arranging new & old items
  • Pricing the items
  • Meeting, greeting and assisting customers

Helping at Events

We organise fundraising events throughout the year and often need help.

If you are able to offer your time, please email support@oascharity.org.uk and we can chat to you about what’s coming up!