Volunteering

Our Volunteers

Our volunteers are the very backbone of what we can do at Greyhound Rescue. Since Peter and Janet Flann’s early beginning homing dogs from their own house, we have grown thanks not only to Peter and Janet’s amazing hard work, sacrifices, and commitment, but to our volunteers as well. Whether it is kennel shifts, foster caring, transport, administration, running our website,  updating our facebook page, organising fundraisers or stalls,  meeting potential adopters, or supporting families settle in a new family member –   our volunteers work tirelessly day in and day out. They give up precious time from their own families and interests to further our cause and help home the hounds, and for that we are very greytful!

Want to Help?

We love helpers! But as Greyhound Rescue has grown we get many many requests and offers of help and as you can appreciate this requires a lot of organisation, training, and time. As such we are limited to four training days per year for new volunteers. Our next Training Day has been postponed due to extreme hot weather, and has been rescheduled for Saturday 11th March 2017.

Since moving to a much larger property in January 2015 we have been able to take in more dogs but we also have taken on more work! It takes a big team effort to keep all the hounds looked after every day –  cleaning, feeding, walking, washing, brushing, pooper scooping, bucket filling…. not to mention grass cutting, repairing, and maintenance. There is always a job to do! If you can spare a morning or afternoon once a week for a kennel shift, or come out a couple of times a month to help with the maintenance we would love to hear from you. If you physically can’t do a lot, we are always happy to see regular visitors to give quality time and sit with the hounds for their emotional enrichment too!

Kennel Volunteering

As a kennel hand, you will provide basic care to animals at our kennel facility. This includes cleaning and performing anial handling duties. You will need to:

  • Attend a Training Day (our next training day is scheduled for 11th March 2017)
  • Be relatively fit
  • Be available for at least one shift per fortnight
  • Commit to the shifts you have agreed to, communicating any changes or cancellation in advance (where possible)
  • Have a love of greyhounds and a commitment to their welfare.

To apply please click on the link to download the Volunteer Application Form, fill it out, and send it through to our super duper volunteer co-ordinator Steph steph @greyhoundrescue.com.au. We will get back to you shortly but please keep in mind we are all volunteers ourselves so this may take a day or two as we get a lot of requests.

Why Volunteer?

Perhaps the best people to tell you why they volunteer is the volunteers themselves!

“I clean kennels, feed the greys, give lots of cuddles, drive them to the vets, introduce them to prospective new parents, hand them over (with tears of happiness) and sometimes take them for a play at the beach. Why? They are my friends, they have beautiful temperaments, are the best snugglers and playmates. I guess I just love them.” -Rob, Weekend Volunteer

Rob with Cricket at one of our stalls

“What better way is there to spend my birthday than with Billy the muddy grey and a cake from fellow volunteer Isabelle.”- Jenny, Weekend Volunteer

Billy and cake 26 April 2015 (1)

Jenny and Billy Greyhound

“I’ve been a volunteer for nearly 2 years and I still love coming to kennels. When I get home, my husband always asks: “how were the dogs? “ and without fail I say “amazing”. Friends ask: “how can you work all week and then go and work at kennels at the weekend?” I say: “You haven’t met our hounds – they’re totally worth it!” To me, it doesn’t matter if its  walking, bathing, cuddling, feeding kennel cleaning or pooper scooping. Everything I do at kennels is repaid a thousand times by the knowledge that I have made our adoring greyhounds more comfortable before they find their forever sofa.” – Jess, Weekend Volunteer

 

“I am one of the kennel volunteers at Grehyound Rescue. Being a kennel volunteer is the best. The dogs know when they see me arrive that they are going to get smothered in kisses, let out to play, have their kennels cleaned, and get fed (mmm food..), so yeah, they totally adore me! I don’t think there’s any better feeling than being adored by a greyhound. Oh, except for the feeling you get when a dog you’ve loved and cared for finally finds their forever home! Kennel volunteers play a super important role in our dogs’ journies to their forever homes. They provide the routine necessary for the dogs to be able to relax, come out of their shells, show off their quirks, play around, and get a taste of all the luxuries pet life has to offer. As a kennel volunteer, you will develop a bond with so many of the dogs, its impossible not to when you spend so much time with them. But when you bid them adieu, you’ll have a happy heart knowing that they’ve found their happily ever after and that you had a massive impact on their life.”   –Steph, Weekday Volunteer

Steph and Johnny B. Goodhound

Steph and Johnny B. Goodhound

 

 

 

10 Comments

  1. Lisa Duffy
    Posted March 4, 2016 at 3:29 PM | Permalink

    Hey,
    I’d love to volunteer but would only be able to do it once or twice a week. I was wondering if there were days/times that were most in need as I would have to specify with my job the days I would be unavailable to them.

  2. Kate
    Posted March 21, 2016 at 11:01 PM | Permalink

    Hello, please send any enquiries regarding to volunteering to our Volunteer co-ordinator Victoria via email victoria@greyhoundrescue.com.au or info@greyhoundrescue.com.au thanks!

  3. Tiah
    Posted May 17, 2016 at 8:35 PM | Permalink

    Hi,
    I was just wondering if you have any other shelters? I would love to volunteer and/or Adopt a Greyhound, but live in Brisbane.

  4. Kate
    Posted May 25, 2016 at 9:32 AM | Permalink

    Hi Tiah,

    We only have one facility in Sydney.

    Please get in touch with our volunteers for more information info@greyhoundrescue.com.au

  5. ted skoczek
    Posted July 26, 2016 at 10:21 PM | Permalink

    I’d like to help!!!!!
    0418626789

  6. Kate
    Posted July 27, 2016 at 6:46 PM | Permalink

    Please contact our team info@greyhoundrescue.com.au so our volunteer co ordinator can get in touch with you

  7. Rohan Forster
    Posted August 16, 2016 at 7:29 PM | Permalink

    Hey.

    I’ve heard that the is a Greyhound Rescue shelter in the Blue Mountains.
    Is this true

    Sincerely
    Rohan.

  8. Kate
    Posted August 18, 2016 at 10:26 AM | Permalink

    Hi Rohan,

    Greyhound Rescue is active in the Blue Mountains with our volunteers but we do not have a shelter there.

  9. tan
    Posted November 7, 2016 at 10:25 PM | Permalink

    Hey Guys! i was wondering where your kennel was in the west? whats the address?
    just trying to figure if i could get there to volunteer! xx

  10. Kate
    Posted November 12, 2016 at 10:12 PM | Permalink

    Hello Tan,

    We are not an open shelter so do not publish our exact location. For more information on volunteering could you please email our co -ordinator steph@greyhoundrescue.com.au

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