Volunteering

We have a wonderful group of volunteers and we couldn't manage without them. However...the more help we have, the more we can do! If you have some time to spare, and would like to do something really worthwhile and help cats and dogs in need, here's how you could help....

Dog Walking

One of the most popular and enjoyable voluntary activities is Dog Walking...and our dogs love it! We have a friendly and dedicated band of dog walkers, but we urgently need more. As well as walking, you can play with the dogs and help socialise them in one of our grass compounds, The Dog House and the training areas. We provide training and support to help you get started, so if you are interested in joining our team please click below for more information.

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Cattery Helper

Volunteers are needed to help in the cattery in a variety of ways...and the cats love the extra attention! Tasks include cleaning and socialisation (also known at The Ark as 'cat cuddling'!). Spending time with some of our cats can be very satisfying, whether working with cats who already love a fuss, or with those who have lived a life on the road as a stray and are unused to people being friendly.

By giving some of your time you could improve their chance of finding new homes. If helping in the cattery appeals to you, please click here for more information.

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Fundraising

Our fund raising team organise our monthly Open Days and other events and they would love to recruit more volunteers to join them. Please click below for more information.

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Cake Baking

We always need homemade cakes to serve in our tearoom each month at our Open Days and also to sell on our homemade cake stalls. Our small band of cake bakers would love you to join their group as our visitors always support our Open Day tearoom and love their cup of tea and cake.

Practical Help at The Ark

We need help at The Ark with day-to-day tasks such as General Maintenance, Gardening and Cleaning. So, if you are good at DIY, we have lots of jobs you could help with, as there are always things that need repairing, replacing or refurbishing. We have 6 acres of grounds with dog walking paths, several grassed dog exercise compounds, as well as 300 metres of stone drive at The Ark. In addition, we have six cat gardens, The Dog House garden and lots of flower tubs, all of which need the attentions of green fingered volunteers!

Help with general cleaning is always welcome as our four legged residents don't always wipe their feet! As well as keeping our cattery and kennels spic and span we have our kitchen areas and general areas to clean and then there are the toilets....nobody's favourite job!

If you can help with any of these very practical 'hands on' volunteer roles please ring The Ark on 01335 300494.

Away Days/Company Visits

Some companies offer their staff the chance to spend a day away from the workplace helping out at a local charity. We have had several company teams helping us in the past and they have carried out tasks such as repairing the pot holes in our drive, painting and staining fences and sheds, grass cutting and gardening. If you would like to spend a day working at The Ark with your colleagues, please ring us on 01335 300494 to discuss this. We are proud of The Ark and we think it is a cheerful, friendly place. If you are thinking of joining our volunteers and want to see it for yourself first, why not come along on one of our regular Open Days? Details can be found on our Events page.