We run an active volunteer programme and there are many different opportunities to help. You can give as little or as much time as you are able, safe in the knowledge that you are doing something to help homeless dogs.

Please note:- Volunteers must be 18 years of age and over or be accompanied by a parent or a legal guardian before being allowed to volunteer.

We currently have voluntary opportunities available in the following areas:-

Dog Socialiser  - dog walking, playing with the dogs off lead in our secure area, bathing, grooming, just giving a little extra TLC

Dog walking volunteers clock up over 4,000 hours of dog walking each year!!!!!!! Its an amazing number of hours and a great way to help you keep in shape while helping the dogs we look after.


Donation Monitor - Collecting, receipting and supplying new collection boxes and emptying food bins in shops. Developing new areas where we can have food bins.

Events Assistant - Helping at our fundraising events both on our premises and at other venues.  Helping hands to set up and clear away particularly welcome!

Matchmaker and Adoption Follow Up - Meeting and greeting our visitors and helping them to find the right dog for their family and circumstances.  Completing the adoption paperwork and following up with a phone call after 2 weeks and again, after 3 months to see how the dog has settled and to encourage neutering etc.

Education AssistantGoing into the community giving talks and presentations about responsible dog ownership.  Helping with our Prevent A Bite Schools Programme (CRB check required) by teaching children respect for animals.

Office and Admin - Helping our admin staff at times when they are particularly busy.  Doing mail shots and other similar things.

Charity Shop Assistant Helping out at one of our Charity shops in Harpurhey, Reddish or Padgate.

Photographer - Photographing our dogs for adoption and taking photographs at events

Doggie PR – Doing creative write ups (from a doggie perspective) so that these can be posted on our website and external rescue web sites

Merchandise Stall Assistant Helping on a stall at our fundraising events.

Maintenance – Assisting with painting, tiling and other maintenance jobs around the home


If you have any fundraising ideas for us to consider please email events@dogshome.net


To volunteer with us, please complete the on-line application form and email to volunteers@dogshome.net

Download an Application Form to volunteer at the Manchester Dogs’ Home by clicking here (for a word document) or here (for the .pdf)

Download an Application Form to volunteer at the Cheshire Dogs’ Home by clicking  here (for a word document)

Please note:- The documents are fully compatible with Adobe Reader version 8 which can be downloaded here -

If you email or post your completed Application Form you will be invited to attend the next available Volunteers’ Induction Session and subsequently any secondary training that is required.

Please Note: To help reduce costs the invitations to our Volunteer Induction Sessions are sent our via email, please check your spam and junk folders regularly to ensure you don’t miss it. 



We now have an active forum to enable easy communication between everyone.

If you would like to join the forum please email astansfield@dogshome.net with your full name and address so that we can confirm that you are a
registered volunteer with Manchester Dogs’ Home

We will then send a link for the forum to you. When you register can you please use your first name and last name as your user name.. this is purely to ensure that only inducted volunteers are registering on the forum

Volunteers on Facebook 

We have now set up a Facebook page just for our volunteers, click the link below and sign up today!