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!
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.
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
“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
“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