Kennel Support Volunteers

Volunteers in this role will assist animal welfare staff in maintaining the health and welfare of dogs.
This volunteer role provides vital support to the kennel staff. It takes time for dogs to settle in at Merseyside Dogs home, and volunteers will be working with our highly trained staff to decrease stress levels as we begin the process of finding about these dogs. This is an excellent opportunity to gain practical and theoretical knowledge of animal behaviour and training, and a chance to apply, learn and expand a wide range of skills. It is an essential role at the Home, which will make a huge difference to the lives of the dogs who come into us as.

What will I be doing in this role?
• Assisting in cleaning in and around the kennels according to the Home’s hygiene guidelines
• Preparing meals for the dogs, washing up, stock management & control
• Undertaking kennel enrichment sessions to help reduce stress and improve welfare standards
• Reporting any health or behaviour observations
• Carrying out relevant additional duties as required

What do I need to volunteer in this role?
• A flexible approach to work and ability to take instruction
• Ability to work in a stressful and emotive environment
• Excellent communication, teamwork and organisational skills
• Ability to be self-motivated and have a positive attitude
• Good verbal and written communication skills
• Ability to show empathy and understanding when dealing with others
• A strong interest in animal welfare, and an empathy and understanding of animals within a rescue environment

Support and training provided
You will be supported by the Team Leaders as well as the Canine Behaviour & Training Advisors throughout your volunteering role. Day to day support will also be provided by the Volunteer Coordinator.

Time Commitment
The role would be on-going and for a minimum of nine hours a week: either from 8am-5;30pm for a whole day or between 8am-12.30pm, or 1.00-5:30pm on separate days.

There will be an introductory session on Sunday the 31st January and training for the role on the weekends of the 7th and 14th February. You must be available to attend all three information and training sessions.

How to Apply
Before registering your interest for this role, you must carefully consider whether you feel able to carry out this role. You will be working with all the dogs who come into the Home and will therefore may come into contact with some dogs who are put to sleep due to illness others for bad behavioural reasons, and some for medical reasons or due to the dog being classed as a Dangerous Dog under the 1991 Act as an illegal breed. But most of all ensuring that 94% of dogs find loving and forever homes.

To apply for this volunteer role please register your interest at no later than 9am on Monday the 18th of January 2016. Please be aware that we reserve to right to close recruitment for this role early if we receive a high level of interest.