Volunteers play a key role with the Scottish SPCA - and we hugely appreciate their dedication and support!

Volunteer at BalernoThere are several different ways to volunteer with us. Whether you just want to help, you are looking for a fantastic way to spend your retirement or you would like to gain experience working with animals, we would like to hear from you.

Volunteering is a great way to start a career with the Scottish SPCA, Many of our inspectors, animal rescue officers and centre staff started as volunteers with us.

Working with animals

I really enjoy volunteering with the Scottish SPCA, particularly helping with the dogs. It's great to take the dogs out of the kennels for exercise! John Browne, Aberdeenshire

Helping the animals in our rescue and rehoming centres is very popular - in fact so popular we often have waiting lists! We are delighted so many people wish to get involved.

We will notify anyone asked to go on a waiting list of any volunteering opportunities as soon as possible.

Please get in touch if you would like to find out more about volunteering in groups on behalf of companies and organisations. The opportunities available will depend on the size of your group and the needs of individual centres.

At times we can also help students gain work experience. Please note the minimum age to volunteer in our centres is 18.


We rely on donations to continue our vital work and we are always looking for fundraising volunteers at our shows and events.

FundraisingIf you are interested in helping raise funds you can get involved as much or as little as you want - even a couple of hours each year will do.

This is a great way to help us rescue and rehome abused, abandoned and injured animals in Scotland - and yes, you can wear a costume if you like!

Please note the minimum age to volunteer and help raise funds is 16.

Supporter Groups

We also have an invaluable group of fundraising volunteers who make up our network of Supporter Groups throughout Scotland. These groups raise vital funds in their local communities. To see if there is a Supporter Group in your area please check the list below.

Angus, Arran, Clydesdale, Cowdenbeath, Edinburgh, Elgin and Lossiemouth, Forres, Glasgow, Kilmarnock, Kirkcaldy, Lanarkshire South, Lanarkshire North, Largs, Lewis, Milngavie and Bearsden, Nairn, Oban, Oldhamstocks and Cockburnspath, Paisley, Peterhead, South Ayrshire, Strathearn, Sutherland, Stewartry West, Thurso, Upper Banffshire.

Getting in touch

If you are interested in volunteering in our animal rescue and rehoming centres please email our volunteer co-ordinator.

Email here to find out more about volunteering in groups and email here for information about gaining work experience.

For further information about helping raise funds please email our fundraising team.

Alternatively you can call 03000 999 999 (option 5), Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

Our centres

You can find your nearest Scottish SPCA animal rescue and rehoming centre here.

About us

Scotland's animal welfare charity

Dog rescued by the Scottish SPCA with new family

Please help

You can help save abused, abandoned and injured animals in Scotland by making a monthly donation to the Scottish SPCA