Volunteering Roles

We have many roles for volunteers that need many different skills and experience. You can find out about them below.

Volunteers will work from their own homes using their own equipment but are fully trained and supported.

If you want to know more about our volunteering roles or have any questions visit our contact us page. 

Please note you must be 18 years or over to be a volunteer for us.

Contact us

Working with the dogs in the Romanian shelters - 

Volunteers will travel to Romania to spend about a week at the shelters. Volunteers should expect to self-fund the trip, which will cost about £400 plus spending money. The trip will be organised for you and you will be escorted by an experienced volunteer.

You will spend time with our dogs, taking photos, videos, grooming and cuddling. You will also help to assess dogs that have recently come into the shelters to see if they are suitable for re-homing in the UK.

You must be -

  • confident around dogs
  • willing to get very dirty
  • willing to post on social media 
  • able to deal with upsetting and sometimes distressing situations


Cat adoption  - Vacant

A new role within IDR! We looking for a person to advertise our cat adoption programme and process applications. You will use social media to promote the adoption service and answer queries about the process. You will process adoption applications for our adoption coordinator.  You must be - 

  • a good communicator
  • a confident user of social media
  • well organised


General Fundraising Coordinator -  (POSITION NOW FILLED) 

International Dog Rescue is a not for profit organisation which means we are totally dependent on the donations of our supporters and money we can raise. 

We need a person to run a team of volunteers to organise fundraising activities to raise money to be put towards our campaigns and the care of our dogs. The role will also include researching and applying for any relevant funding or grants. You will be responsible for recruiting new volunteers as required.

No previous fundraising experience is necessary. You just need to have  -

  • enthusiasm
  • ideas for events and activities
  • confidence using social media
  • good communication skills - verbal and written
  • good organisational skills


General Marketing Officer  - (POSITION NOW FILLED) 

We need someone to help spread the word about our work, keep our supporters up to date with our news and support our fundraising team with promoting our events .  You will use various social media platforms as well as email in your role. The role will involve contacting press, magazines and other organisations. 

You will need to have -

  • good communication skills
  • good organisational skills
  • confidence in communicating
  • experience of using social media with the ability to use accounts to their full potential
  • abiltiy to be innovative and creative in advertising

It would be good if you had -

  • marketing experience


Online Shop Manager - Vacant

We require someone to manage our online shop. To source donatins of stock from companies and small businesses, preloved items from suporters and order branded items. You will use various social media platforms to advertise the shop and specific items to increase sales as well as processing orders up to the point of postage.

You will need to have -

  • good communication skills
  • good organisational skills
  • confidence in communicating
  • experience of using social media 
  • abiltiy to be innovative and creative in advertising

General Administration - (POSITION NOW FILLED) 

We require someone to undertake some general admin duties such as -

  • managing gift aid 
  • sending emails or messages to supporters
  • monthly donation maintenance

You must be -

  • well organised
  • good communicator
  • confident with digital communication



We always need volunteers to raise funds for our dogs. They require their travel costs raising and often medical costs or funding for food. You will be expected to create social media posts to encourage donations for your allocated dog(s). You will need to monitor your posts and ensure you answer any questions and respond to comments or like them. You will need to be available during evenings and weekends as that is when donations are busiest.

You must be -

  • a good communicator
  • a confident user of social media


Foster To Adopt/Adoption Coordinator - [POSITION NOW FILLED]

We need someone to promote our dogs to find them homes by using social media. The volunteer will also answer queries and process applications to foster our dogs as well as arranging homechecks. You will also complete fostering contracts and arrange travel for dogs who have foster homes. 

You will need to be - 

  • organised 
  • a good communicator - written and verbal
  • motivated

If you wish to apply to volunteer, fill in our form.

Ivona - "Being a volunteer for IDR has been one of the most rewarding experiences for me. I know it sounds like a cliché but it’s the truth. I came across IDR after one of my Twitter followers retweeted one of their tweets, and I’m really glad I did. I’ve come to know an amazing group of people – volunteers - who are selflessly giving their time to help save the dogs that otherwise would face certain death."

Caroline  - "Every single day I am inspired to do my small part in helping to save as many dogs as I - and we - can. It is invariably emotional but my goodness, it’s worth it."

Jules - "I have ‘met’ some amazing like minded people and enjoy the banter we have online whilst working hard to raise the much needed funds to save these dogs in need. There is a serious side to the work – which is the mistreatment of dogs in ways that shouldn’t happen, but this just drives me to want to do more. It is hard work and can be frustrating at times as is any fundraising role, but the euphoria you feel when you reach your target and save another dog, is the best feeling."

Caroline - "We see sad, sometimes distressing images of dogs in the shelter, but following their ‘journey’, literally from the shelter into loving, cherished homes, is simply the best feeling."

Ivona - "I may be slightly biased here, but I think we’re a pretty great group of people who do our best to offer desperate dogs a chance at a better future, while also supporting each other in that effort."


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