Saturday, October 3, 2009

RSPCA Awareness Week - Day 3, Part 1: RSPCA Volunteers

RSPCA NSW Volunteer Branches

RSPCA NSW Volunteer Branches are the backbone of RSPCA's work in regional NSW. Each branch is run exclusively by volunteers and plays a fundamental role in foster care and finding permanent homes for animals, plus running information and desexing programs.

Many Volunteer Branches fund their operations through donations from businesses and members of the community, fundraising events during the year (trivia nights, golf days etc), regular market stalls - and so much more!

Each Volunteer Branch usually consists of a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, plus often other positions such as Publicity Officer, Cat Foster Care Coordinator and Dog Foster Care Coordinator.

These positions are voted for each year at each Volunteer Branch's Annual General Meeting.

The picture above is of one of our super active RSPCA Junior Members/Volunteers/Foster Carers (phew!), Lakota.  Lakota is 10 years old and is pictured holding 'PAVAROTTI', the Jack Russell who does the Hyundai advertisements!

Click here to see celebrity dog PAVAROTTI in his Hyundai ad >

This photo was taken at a recent fundraiser RSPCA Tamworth Branch held at the Oxley Dog Training Agility Trials in September. Lakota often helps RSPCA Tamworth at market stalls and other RSPCA functions and should be commended for her generosity, continued support and passion for animal care and welfare.
Good on you Lakota!!

If you have a passion for animals and are interested in volunteering to help RSPCA volunteer branches - your local RSPCA Volunteer branch would be only too happy to hear from you!

Click here to find an RSPCA Volunteer Branch near you >

Volunteering at RSPCA NSW Shelters

Volunteers are an integral part of the RSPCA NSW team and play an active part in supporting our work to improve the welfare of animals and protect them from cruelty and neglect. Volunteering involves dedication, commitment and passion. It is a great way to gain experience, develop new skills, meet new people and be directly involved in the animal welfare cause.

There are many volunteer roles available – some involving contact with animals, while others provide support without direct contact with animals. Opportunities exist to assist with animal care, administration, events, customer service and fundraising!

Click here to read information about Volunteering at RSPCA NSW shelters >

Corporate Volunteering at RSPCA NSW

We are often asked how corporate groups can volunteer their time to help RSPCA NSW.

Perhaps your organisation would like to volunteer at one of our fundraising events? Coming up is our RSPCA Superheroes Ball on 30 October 2009 in Sydney. Or why not volunteer at our Blue Mountains shelter in Katoomba that needs help with their upcoming Garden of Rememberance!

Thank you to HSBC - Corporate Support Day

8 staff from HSBC joined us on a paid corporate support day recently. They were treated to a lecture on the work of the RSPCA from our shelter volunteer co-ordinator Marika, a tour of the shelter from Deb and some dog walking with Hannah and our shelter animals. Then they were put to work in the garden! Another great group from HSBC. HSBC are workpace donors and regular corporate support dayers!

If you and your team are interested in doing some corporate volunteering for RSPCA NSW please contact:

RSPCA NSW Business Relations Manager

Mr James Roden
02 9782 4491.

Thank you to all our Volunteers!
RSPCA NSW would link to thank all our volunteers for their tireless work and dedication. The list of roles and respsonsibilites our volunteers have is far too long to list here, but without our volunteers the RSPCA would not be able to function.
"Volunteers don't get paid. Not because they're worthless - but because they're priceless." ~ Sherry Anderson".

Stay tuned for Day 3, Part B: RSPCA Foster Care Network

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