The Sandton and Eastern Metro SPCA currently has a dog walking volunteer programme that runs on Saturday mornings from 09:00 until about 12:00 though you will often find the volunteers staying until closing time when the staff have to kick them out!
The time is spent walking, playing, socialising, giving one-on-one TLC and generally interacting with the dogs to the benefit of both the animals and the people.
Volunteer cat lovers are also welcome and spend their time sitting with the adult cats who love every visitor they get and of course, playing with the cute kittens.
Who can volunteer?
Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to become part of the volunteer programme.
We also accommodate 14 to 18-year olds for school community service requirements as we believe that teaching people from a young age to become responsible pet owners is one small step towards reducing the quantity of unwanted and abused animals.
What are the requirements?
All prospective volunteers (dog walkers, cat lovers and teenagers) are required to attend a short training session that covers basic rules, the environment and objectives of the programme.
In addition every participant is required to sign an indemnity form on site before the start of the training session.
For the teenagers a parent must be available at the training session to sign the form on their behalf and it is preferred that the parent attends the training session too, in order to understand what their child will be involved in once they become a participant of the programme.
The teenagers are also required to confirm their attendance during the week before the Saturday they want to participate. This is to ensure there is an experienced adult volunteer on site to supervise
Community Service (under 18’s)
Community Service at the Sandton SPCA is supervised by a staff member or trained adult volunteer. We schedule specific dates for pupils to do community service as we do not have a staff member or volunteer available to supervise every day.
Last-Saturday-of- the-month Program
The last Saturday of every month (except December) is scheduled for community service. The morning is from 9am – 12.
Your first visit to the SPCA starts with a short education session and tour before you spend time with the animals. This gives us the opportunity to explain how the SPCA works and how you will be helping us. Subsequent visits (on scheduled dates) will not include the education and you will be able to interact with the animals in their kennels, wash dogs, groom cats etc.
We kindly ask for a donation of R100 for each visit in support of our program. Please bring a snack/drink for yourself and wear comfortable/old clothes. An indemnity form is required – please contact us and we will email it to you to bring on the day.
When does the programme operate?
The programme runs every Saturday morning from opening time at 09:00. Generally we try to ensure all the dogs have been walked by 11:30/12:00 but volunteers are welcome to stay until closing time.
The SPCA is closed on public holidays so if the Saturday is a public holiday the programme does not run.
What commitment is expected?
Once you have completed the training session you are a member of the group.
There is no formal commitment required other than attending the training. Our aim is for people to enjoy the time they spend with the animals, be comfortable with what they are doing, meet a group of like-minded people and feel the satisfaction of making a difference in the life of at least one animal.
Some volunteers will become regulars who attend most, if not every Saturday, some will attend monthly, quarterly or even annually. Whatever commitment you are able to make will be appreciated and you will always be welcomed, whether a regular or intermittent volunteer. Though obviously we hope that everyone enjoys themselves to such an extent that they become regulars!
Training sessions are held once a month, usually the second Saturday of the month but please make an enquiry to confirm the date.
It is recommended that you wear takkies or similar type shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. The walking areas are in grassy paddocks with an uneven surface and frequent doggie landmines and the dogs are excited, energetic and looking forward to attention so you will get jumped on, licked and covered in dog/cat hair.
We only usually Rogz collars and leads and these items are available each Saturday morning however they continually go missing so donations are greatly welcomed and for those who become regulars having your own set to bring for the morning is beneficial.
Donations of food, blankets, etc are welcome however for the Saturday programme we prefer that volunteers bring dog biscuits such as Beenos and cat nibbles to treat the animals on return to their kennel or at the end of the morning. We discourage dog treats such as rawhide chews, cow hooves, biltong, etc to prevent upset tummies and/or jealousy in the shared kennels. Sturdy, durable toys are also welcome.
You can contact the Volunteer group organiser, Teresa Guzman on firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the form below for the next training date or with any further questions.