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 Playing with the dogs off-lead in our secure area; bathing, brushing; just giving extra TLC.  Both physically active volunteers, and those who are less active or mobile, who wish to interact directly with the dogs, might find this activity suitable.

DOG WALKER – Taking our dogs for walks on the lead, on or near our site.   We hope to give all healthy dogs a daily walk thanks to our energetic volunteers.

MEET AND GREET – We need volunteers to welcome our visitors, talk about the reason for their visit, and direct them as appropriate.  Sometimes we have a special dog with a volunteer, to increase this dog’s chances of getting a home by meeting prospective adopters on arrival.

GROOMER  –  A skilled volunteering role, for someone with relevant experience and the skills to give a professional de-matt, and do ears, nails etc.  We have equipment available on site.

EDUCATION ASSISTANT – A community engagement and outreach role.  Especially includes going into schools and youth organisations 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 ASSISTANTHelping our staff with administration, especially at times when they are particularly busy.  Helping with mailings and preparation for events.

CHARITY SHOP ASSISTANTHelping out at one of our Charity shops in Harpurhey, Reddish or Padgate.  The location of the shops is in the ‘Support Us’ section of our Website.

PHOTOGRAPHY – Photographing our dogs for adoption and taking photographs at events.   Photographs are needed for our literature, website, local newspapers and for social media.

ADOPTION FOLLOW UP – Helping adopters complete the necessary paperwork.  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.

FUNDRAISERThere are many different roles within fundraising:

Helping at public events, both on our premises and at other venues, including event management

Helping hands to set up and clear away particularly welcome!

Running a stall with merchandise, a raffle or a tombola at fundraising events.

Checking and replacing collecting boxes and emptying food donation bins in stores.

Making craft items for sale, baking, knitting and sewing.  Knitted toys are always popular, as are gifts and seasonal items, and upcycled items including handmade dog bedding.

DOGGIE HOUSEKEEPING – Every dog has a bed and a bowl every day, and we need to ensure a clean supply.  We have dog kitchen and laundry facilities, and loading and unloading washers is an essential volunteer role.

MAINTENANCE and GARDENINGAssisting with DIY under the supervision of our Maintenance staff.  Keeping the site clean and tidy.  We have large sites, and we need volunteers to help with gardening, both for formal areas and flower displays, and open areas, car parks and woodland.  Maintenance can also comprise packing boxes, unpacking boxes, shifting dog food and handling barrows and brooms!


Please note that most of our volunteering roles need discussion with management and/or staff, to review the new volunteer’s suitability for the desired role, and to make arrangements for training or supervision.  Some roles need additional briefings or training provided by staff or by experienced volunteers.


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

A covering letter explaining our volunteering program can be found here

Download an Application Form to volunteer by clicking here

If you email or post your completed Application Form back to the Home we will be in touch shortly.

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. 


Volunteers on Facebook 

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



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 foru