Become a Volunteer

Help us care for these amazing animals

The Sandton 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.

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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 as we believe that teaching children to become responsible pet owners is a way to minimise unwanted animals and animal abuse.

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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.

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What is the Commitment?

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 you to enjoy the time spent with the animals and feel the satisfaction of making a difference in the life of at least one animal.

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 or midday, 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.

General Information:

  1. For teenagers – a parent must accompany them to the training session to sign the indemnity form. We also prefer that the parent attends the training session so that they understand what their child will be involved in as a participant of the programme.
    Teenagers are required to confirm their attendance during the week for the Saturday they want to participate in. We need to make sure there is an experienced adult volunteer on-site to supervise them at all times.
  2. Training sessions are held once a month, usually the second Saturday of the month but please make an enquiry to confirm the date.
  3. It is recommended that you wear trainers or similar 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 or cat hair.
  4. We only use Rogz collars and leads and these items are available each Saturday morning but as they continually go missing donations towards replacements are greatly welcomed. If you become a regular walker we recommend having your own collar and lead.
  5. Donations of food, blankets, etc are always welcome BUT for the Saturday programme please only bring dog biscuits (i.e. Beenos) and cat nibbles as treats.
    Please do not bring rawhide chews, cow hooves, biltong, etc as these not only cause upset tummies but can lead to jealousy in the shared kennels.
  6. Sturdy, durable toys are also always appreciated and most welcome.

Community Service

In light of the seriousness of the risk of COVID-19 we have decided to suspend all Community Service activities for age group 12 to 18 until further notice.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused but we are assured that our decision is in the best interest of our staff and the public. 

At this stage, we have not allocated a date when our service programme will start again.

Please consult this page for further updates regarding the date that our Community Service programme aged 12 to 18 will start again.

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

The Sandton SPCA team

Raring to go?

You can contact the Volunteer group organiser, Teresa Guzman on volunteer@sandtonspca.org.za or complete the form below for the next training date or with any further questions.

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