Last year our volunteers contributed over 4,000 hours to help the animals in our care.

Volunteer – Join us!

Current Vacancies

Animal Rescue Cumbria is seeking a number of new Trustees to help strengthen and diversify our Board.  We are keen to hear from people from a variety of backgrounds, but specifically we are looking for candidates with experience in the following areas:
  • Fundraising, including Grant and Trust applications.
  • Estate Management.
  • Capital Projects.
  • Accounting and Finance.
  • Animal Welfare and Veterinary.
  • Law.
  • Governance / Holding a trustee role within a charity.
  • Small Business Ownership, especially retail.
  • Planning.
To request an application pack, which includes background information on the Charity and a role description / person specification, please email Marion Yates at
Closing date for applications is 31 July 2020. 

We will update all other available roles once we can welcome volunteers back to the shelter.

To find out more on the other roles click on the relevant role below

As an independent charity we rely heavily on the help of volunteers who join our team and get involved with many aspects of our work from fundraising to dog walking and cat cleaning. We are always keen to meet enthusiastic people who have a little spare time and can dedicate it to the work we do.

Volunteer opportunities at Animal Rescue Cumbria include:

Click on images to find out more about each volunteer role

Volunteering with animals

  • On-site dog walking (Daily 11:30am and 2:30pm)
  • Dog morning routine (Daily 8am to 10:30am)
  • Off-site dog walking (Daily 9.30am to 10.30am)
  • Cat cuddling (Daily times flexible after 11:00am)
  • Cat morning routine (Daily 8:30am to 10:30am)

Corporate Volunteering

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Other volunteering roles

  • Shop Assistant
  • Gardener
  • Fundraising at events

Are you interested in joining us?

To apply for one of our vacancies please fill in our application form.

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What our Volunteers Say!


I have been a cattery cleaning volunteer at Animal Rescue Cumbria since November 2013. More recently I have been involved with coordinating the volunteers at fundraising events for the charity. I grew up with cats (and rabbits, hamsters and fish) in my family home and have always had cats in the home I now share with my husband. Our current two cats, Florence and Myrtle, were adopted from Animal Rescue in January 2014 and are now very much part of the family.  Like our founder AW, I love the great outdoors and I am also fascinated by all animals and wildlife (both flora and fauna). Holidays with my husband are often spent fell walking, snorkelling or indulging our passion for watching whales and dolphins, wild and free, in the open oceans.


I've been a volunteer cat-cuddler at Animal Rescue Cumbria since April 2014. I usually visit on Thursday afternoons, and enjoy spending time interacting with the cats and kittens in order to help them to maintain, and in some cases, to develop their socialisation and interaction skills with people. Communication, along with play and grooming, helps to prevent the cats becoming bored and low-spirited which is often very common in the long-term "residents". I really look forward to my visits, and although I'm always pleased when the cats have been re-homed, it's very difficult not to become attached to them as they all have very individual and endearing personalities!


I joined the ranks of Animal Rescue Cumbria volunteers in early April 2015. I’m very happy to be the Sunday ‘cat cuddler’, spending time with each of the cats and kittens, giving them some human contact and a bit of a fuss. I’m always pleased, each week when I turn up, when I discover that some of them have been adopted and moved to their new homes – even if I might miss them a little! My experience with animals is really just as a pet owner; I currently have two cats, both rescues – an elegant 10-year-old tabby-and-white female called Misty and a very handsome all-black lad called Stitch (coming up on 3 years old and adopted from Animal Rescue when he was only 3 months). In an ideal world I would love to work with animals full-time, rather than in the NHS where I am currently employed!


I have been a volunteer dog walker at Animal Rescue since March 2013. I've always loved animals and grew up around horses, dogs, cats, hens and ducks. Dogs have always been part of my family; currently my husband and I have two fun-loving dogs, one of which we adopted from Animal Rescue in 2014.


I have been a volunteer dog walker on a Wednesday lunch time since 2012. I love walking the dogs; I always go away feeling happy and think they do more for me than I do for them! My husband and I have a collie we were given as he won't work with sheep! We also have a cat called Socks, two goats, Laurel and Belah, and two ducks, Jane and Trevor.


I first started volunteering at Animal Rescue Cumbria about 10 years ago. I love supporting this wonderful charity with weekly dog walks and helping out at fund raising events. It's a fun place to be and everyone involved works very hard to give the animals the best care possible.One day I fell in love with a puppy called Poppy who I just had to take home! She's now seven and we've done a lot together including having a go at agility and receiving our Bronze Good Citizen award (silver and gold still to go). I also have a cat who's an old lady at 17 and a little doddery these days!I get so much pleasure hanging out with cats and dogs, and over the years I've worked at dog boarding kennels and catteries. However, Animal Rescue Cumbria has a very special place in my heart, and I always look forward to visiting for my special doggy cuddles.


I have been a volunteer at Animal Rescue since January 2014.  To begin with I helped with cat cleaning and dog walking on my days off from my full-time job with Cumbria Police; it was a nice change working with the animals and I loved the thought of giving something back. I was then trained in the cat and dog morning/evening procedures which meant I could help the staff more during busy periods, since then I have taken on the role of assisting with the site maintenance, it’s always a busy day when I am at the shelter with jobs such as cutting the field, repairing things and replacing stock. There is always a list of jobs that need doing!


I’m employed full time as a Senior Analysis Engineer at Gilbert Gilkes and Gordon. I Lead a team of 4 engineers designing engine cooling pumps for large engines such as haul trucks and excavators.At Animal Rescue I have done a wide variety of things, from tidying up the gardens for winter, and carving pumpkins, cleaning out cat and dogs pens and walking the dogs. Helping out on stalls, directing cars and helping owners fill in microchip documents for their pets, this occasionally involves dressing up or even wearing make up! Some days it’s difficult to know what you will be doing! They have so many opportunities for volunteersI love going up and spending time with all the animals, you get to meet so many lovely ones and a lot of them love the attention of the staff and volunteers. Some are just there through bad luck and deserve to find a home where they can stay and the staff at the rescue do their best to ensure that when they leave it’s the right home for them.

I have been a volunteer for about a year now. I primarily spend my time cleaning and helping to socialise the cats but cannot resist the opportunity to play in the field with the dogs. As well as helping at the shelter, I also assist with many of the fundraising activities such as bucket collections, baking cakes for our coffee mornings and shows, as well as standing in the rain collecting money during that very wet Torchlight Procession! Raising awareness for an issue you care about is incredibly fulfilling.
It’s heart breaking to see animals that are desperately seeking their forever home, but helping at the shelter is both rewarding and a lot of fun. I love nothing more than spending a few hours with a cup of tea and my cuddly, furry friends. At the shelter you don’t have to pretend that you’re not a crazy cat lady!

Interested in being a part of the team?

Volunteer to help at Animal Rescue Cumbria today and see for yourself just how rewarding it can be...
Complete our 'Contact Us' form and tell us a little about yourself and how you would like to help.

Animal Rescue Cumbria

 The Wainwright Shelter
Near Kendal
Cumbria LA8 9BS

Registered Charity number: 1153737

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