There are lots of ways in which to help out our charity by getting involved. Volunteering can be a hugely rewarding experience, whether you want to provide care to the dogs or help out at events and fundraisers.
Volunteers are the lifeline of our charity and we appreciate all the help we can get!
Volunteering at the kennels
We are always in need of dedicated volunteers to help at our Sun Valley kennels. No previous experience is required, but a love for dogs is a must! Our volunteers play an important role in the day to day running of the kennels, and we are incredibly appreciative of the fantastic team we have.
Common volunteering duties include: dog walking in our enclosed paddock, teeth cleaning and grooming, kennel cleaning, helping with daily feeding and having plenty of cuddles with all the dogs.
To become a regular volunteer please read our Volunteer Guide before filling out and sending in a Volunteer Application. After receiving your application we will be in contact to invite you to the kennels for a trial day. On your trial day you can learn about the kennels, meet the dogs and get involved!
Please note, you must be 16 or over to volunteer at the kennels.
We are also very grateful to anyone who can volunteer their time to help with maintenance projects at the kennels. Plans are always in place to try and improve the facilities we have, so if you have any skills to offer we'd love to hear from you.
Friday Dog Walk
If you want to get out and about to walk some dogs and meet new people then our Friday Dog Walk may be for you! Kicking off at 1.30pm each Friday our hounds are treated to a group walk in the woodlands surrounding Sun Valley. We go on multiple walks lasting approximately 20 minutes each. The walk is a great way for our dogs to socialise, meet new people and learn how to walk correctly on a lead!
If you would like to come along to our Friday Dog Walk please fill in and send a Volunteer Application, making sure you state you are interested in the walk. We ask that all new walkers volunteer at the kennels at least once before taking part in the walk, this way you can learn about and get to know the breed.
Throughout the year we hold many street collections in various locations around the South East, particularly in Surrey and Hampshire. These are a great way to raise vital funds and create awareness of the work we do. Could you spare an hour or so to help us at a street collection, or could you organise a collection of your own?
If you would like to find out more about street collections in your area, or would like to volunteer at a collection please take a look at the events page and use the contact details provided.
We hold several key fundraising events throughout the year, these events are always a big success thanks to the volunteers who help bring them together. Each event takes a lot of planning and preparation to create a fun, safe and successful day.
Our most popular annual events of the year are The Cranleigh Sale and Grand Jumble Sale (both held in September). Our Spring and Christmas Open Days held at the kennels and the Great Global Greyhound Walk held in June at our Sun Valley Kennels.
Some ways you can get involved at an event include,
Good quality items which can be sold or used as raffle prizes are always very much appreciated.
Create a Stall
We are always on the look out for new ideas to add to our events. If you have an idea which you can bring to life then we'd love to hear about it!
Dog Biscuit Baking
Join our fantastic team of biscuit bakers and make some healthy dog treats to sell at an event, we can even give you the recipes!
Bake some delicious cakes, pastries, pies, jams of chutneys for us to sell.
Help on a stall
Spend some time selling items on one of our stalls or help out in the kitchen preparing food and drinks for our hungry guests (both hounds and human!)
Help out on the day
Join the team who put together the events and leave the place sparkling afterwards!
If you are interested in volunteering at an event please click here to view our upcoming events and use the contact information provided to get involved or get more information.