Volunteering your time is one of the best ways you can contribute to our life-saving work.

Every year, we treat over 430,000 pets across our 48 Pet Hospitals. Without the support of 2,800 volunteers who kindly donate their time to PDSA, we simply wouldn’t be able to do this.

No matter your skills, background, experience, or the amount of time you can volunteer, we have a volunteering role that is perfect for you. Whether you’re looking for long or short-term opportunities, volunteering is a fantastic way to learn new skills, meet like-minded people, get involved with your local community and support our fantastic cause!

Hear from some of our fantastic volunteers who all play a key role in supporting our life-saving work.

What is it like to be a volunteer at PDSA?

Scroll through some of our volunteer stories below to read their experiences and learn what it’s like to volunteer at PDSA.

Dorothy's story

Dorothy has been a PDSA volunteer at our Glasgow Shawlands shop for a whopping 35 years.

Dorothy’s story

Katarzyna's story

From volunteer Kennel Assistant to qualified Veterinary Care Assistant! Meet Katarzyna and read more about her story at PDSA.

Katarzyna’s story

A day in the life of Brian

Brian started as a Lead Volunteer in 2019. Today, he’s a Shop Manager, overseeing the day-to-day running of our Long Eaton shop.

Brian’s story

A day in the life of Marion

Since 1997, Marion has volunteered every week at our Wishaw shop in Scotland. Read more about her story at PDSA.

Marion's story

A day in the life of Marc

From Volunteer to Store Manager to Cluster Manager! Meet Marc and read more about his story at PDSA.

Marc's Story

A day in the life of Liam

Liam is one of our fantastic Lead Volunteers and has been at our Bramley PDSA shop since October 2021.

Liam's story

A day in the life of Helen

Helen has been a volunteer at our Bramley PDSA Charity Shop since 2014 and was crowned our ‘Volunteer of the Year’ in 2018.

Helen's story

Benefits of volunteering

Here are just a few reasons why you should volunteer in one of our shops:

  • You’ll gain practical work experience and develop new skills
  • You’ll meet new people and become part of a fantastic team
  • You’ll grow in confidence and improve your mental and physical wellbeing
  • You’ll help to make a difference and save the lives of pets in need
  • You’ll promote sustainability by selling pre-loved goods
  • You can donate as much or as little of your time as you wish

You’ll also have access to our wellbeing services, including emotional and financial support, legal guidance, and a range of retail discounts to help with the cost of living.

Become a volunteer

To become a volunteer, you’ll need to be 18 years or older.

No previous experience is required as we provide full training and support you with ongoing coaching. Our volunteers also have free access to our Volunteer Hub, which is full of useful training courses, development materials, and information to support your wellbeing.

Develop your skills

Meet new people

Have fun!