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DSPCA Student Volunteers

Environment/Animal welfare

DSPCA Student Volunteers

UCD in the Community


At a Glance

  • Start Date:14/11/2017
  • End Date:01/06/2018
  • Closing date:31/01/2018
  • Post Updated:14/11/2017
  • Min Hours:2 hours per week minimum
  • Role Type:Animal

Requirements:Interest in animal welfare!


The Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DPSCA) is a registered charity, established in 1840, to prevent cruelty to animals and is now Ireland’s largest animal welfare organisation. Located at Mount Venus Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16, they are close neighbours of UCD. UCD in the Community are delighted to partner with the DSPCA on this volunteering opportunity.

The DSPCA have a state of the art shelter, opened in 2003, in which they shelter and care to a wide variety of animals including dogs, cats, horses, donkeys, goats, cows, pigs, rabbits, ferrets, gerbils, budgies, snakes, terrapins and all manner of farmyard fowl. The rescue and re-homing centre is also a rest stop for a number of injured and young wildlife awaiting release including swans, foxes, badgers, hedgehogs and small birds.

The DSPCA are looking for interested students to volunteer at their shelter in Rathfarnham, which would include assisting with tours of the facility. 

The aim is to give interested students first-hand experience within the DPSCA, with the eventual goal of having these students deliver presentations on the DSPCA and animal welfare in various schools, colleges, creches and youth groups around the country, to a wide range of age/ability groups. Training will be provided on site.

Is training provided?: Yes

Tasks that the volunteer(s) will be expected to undertake:

  • Assist with tours of the DSPCA Shelter
  • Gain experience working with animals
  • Learn about the work involved in animal welfare in the DSPCA
  • Eventually, provide presentations to various groups on the DPSCA and animal welfare 

Skills required for this role:

  • Interest in working with animals and/or animal welfare
  • Willing to assist with tours of the DSPCA Shelter
  • Willing to learn about animal welfare 
  • Friendly individual
  • Good presentation skills

Details of time commitment needed for role:
Flexible times - minimum time commitment is 4 weeks, for at least 2 hours per week. Please note: the DSPCA is not accessible by public transport. UCD in the Community will need to speak to all interested students regarding transport and try to arrange this for you at suitable times. We will try to accommodate volunteers as much as possible. Please only apply if you have time to commit to the DSPCA.

Minimum time commitment per week:
2 hour p/week

Additional screening required for this role:
Interested student volunteers must meet with Holly and/or Theresa from UCD in the Community upon application of this role.


If you have any questions about this role please feel free to get in touch:

Name: Holly Dignam

Address: UCD in the Community , Belfild, Dublin 4


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