Volunteering at Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary

Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary employs just 21 people, some full-time and some part-time and when we’re caring for 130 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, to events, to charity shops.

Bring your family and friends along or, better still, why not arrange a company volunteering day out. Get away from the desk and collaborate together on activities that feel amazing and satisfying for you and your team, but even better for our animals.

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, this already very popular so please read on for more details.

Dog walking times are: 9:30am to 12:15pm everyday except Tuesdays and Fridays.

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.

Corporate Volunteer Days

We can arrange corporate volunteer days for a maximum of 10 people.

The day is great for team building, employee engagement and morale.

We can arrange for a fun day consisting of dog walking in the morning and some light gardening and/or maintenance in the afternoon, plus a little cat cuddling (technical term is cat socialising!)

Please email iain@oascharity.org.uk if you would like further details.

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 volunteer@oascharity.org.uk and we can chat to you about what’s coming up!