Are you interested in making a difference in your community? One of the best places to volunteer may be right near you: The Animal Welfare Society Port Elizabeth in Victoria Drive, Walmer. Whether you walk dogs at our shelter or assist with a fundraising event, you can make a difference in the lives of animals.
Be part of the solution. You’ll join a network of hundreds of thousands of people working to make the world safe and more humane for all living creatures. You’ll make the jobs of everyone working for animals a little easier by lending a hand and spreading the message of responsible pet ownership and animal protection.
Get warm fuzzies. You’ll never find a more grateful and accepting comrade than an animal you’ve comforted.
Keep good company. You’ll make lots of new friends—and not just the four-legged kind. Working side by side with people who share similar interests can forge lifelong friendships.
Meet the new you. You’ll discover skills you never knew you had, and you may be surprised at what you’re capable of achieving.
Gain a new career. You’ll learn things that may lead you to the career—or career change—of your dreams. Employers and university admissions officers look favorably on time spent in volunteer service.
Enjoy a wagging tail, a purr, and a smile. Didn’t someone once say that the best things in life are free?
Volunteer opportunities at the Animal Welfare Society:
Phone or visit us at AWS(PE) on 041 366 1660 to discuss volunteering options. Our volunteer hours are Tuesday to Friday 10h00 – 14h00 and on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday 10h00 – 13h00. If you are unsure about walking dogs by yourself, you can get involved with My Best Friend, a group of volunteers who spend many weekends at AWS walking and playing with our animals
If you would like to help AWS PE but feel a bit unsure about working with animals you can always consider volunteering at our Wagtails fundraising shop. You can make a difference to the lives of our animals in many ways whilst volunteering in our shop. Please consider volunteering at our Wagtails Shop, call Wagtails on 060 5180149 or visit them at 130 Albert Road, corner of 6th Avenue and Albert Road, Walmer, Port Elizabeth.
Before your visit
1. All volunteers need to attend a Volunteer Orientation and Training Session. These are held on Saturday at 9.30am and Sunday at 10am.
2. Volunteer hours are between 10am and 2pm Tuesday to Friday and 10am and 1pm on weekends and public holidays.
3. An adult supervisor (teacher/parent/volunteer) needs
to be present for anyone under the age of 18 throughout their visit to the
Animal Welfare Society (PE).
4. Volunteers must report to reception when they arrive.
5. An AWS PE Indemnity form
must be signed by every volunteer before starting.
6. Dogs walkers to please bring
their own leash.
1. Dress code: long pants, sturdy shoes or boots (no open
toes), t-shirt or long sleeves.
2. Sanitise/disinfect your hands with F10 spray before
and after handling each animal. Sanitise/disinfect the bottom of your shoes in
the foot baths after walking each dog.
3. Do not walk dogs from different pens together, they do
not know each other and they could fight.
4. Make sure dogs get put back in the right cage. If you
are unsure, please ask for assistance.
5. If an animal gets loose, and you cannot get it, please
ask an AWS PE employee for assistance immediately.
6. Please do not touch or handle any stray or township
animals as they may be carrying infectious diseases that could be transmitted
to our animals.
7. Please do not answer any questions from other visitors
unless you are positive of the answer. Always ask an AWS staff member for
8. If you receive a deep scratch or bite, notify the AWS PE
Dog Walkers Step by Step Guidelines
1. Report to the Wardens at reception
2. Complete the Volunteer Orientation and
3. Dog walkers must be over 18, if under 18 they
must be continuously assisted by an adult
4. AWS PE Indemnity form must be signed
5. Walkers to please bring their own leash
6. Go to Dog Walking Board and check which dogs
have been walked and which dogs need to be walked
7. Pick dogs from a block that are appropriate to
your size and skill level
8. Every dog in a pen is to be walked, otherwise
the dogs will fight
9. Tick off which pen you are going to walk
10. Wash hands and apply F10 spray get before and
after every dog that you walk
11. Start at the first pen and work through to the
last pen, taking each dog for a walk
12. If an adult is accompanying a young volunteer,
only take one dog at a time, so that the adult can properly supervise
13. Enter kennel block and close the gate
14. Enter pen and close the gate
15. Put leash on dog, if small pick dog up
16. Edge your way out of the pen without letting
another dog out
17. Check which pen you left and remember to
return the dog to that pen
18. Close gate, walk dog out of block and close
19. Walk dog in the designated area
20. Feel free to spend time socialising with the
21. Return dog to the correct pen
22. Spray hands with F10 spray and use foot baths
23. Report any health or behavioural issue to
Walkers Emergency Procedure
1. If the dog gets loose, DON’T PANIC
2. Shout for the main gate to be shut and try
calling dog to re-leash
3. Do not run after the dog, stop and call the
dog to you
4. If you get bitten, wash wound well, apply
antibacterial gel, get tetanus shot if required
1. Adult cats love to be visited and petted, played with
and brushed. You can ask for brushes at reception.
2. Maximum of 2 people in each cat pen at all times.
3. No under 18’s in the cat pens unless under the
supervision of an adult.
4. Please keep the main pen gate closed before opening
individual pens so that the cats cannot escape.
5. Disinfect your hands with F10 spray before and after
handling each animal.
Please use the
disinfectant foot baths when entering and leaving each pen. If a cat gets out,
please report it to reception immediately.