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Walking Dogs at a Rescue Centre

By: Jane Pullen - Updated: 28 Mar 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Walking Dogs At A Rescue Centre

Rescue centres are full of dogs, who, through no fault of their own, find themselves in need of a loving family who can care for them and give them the love that they deserve. The rescue centres do a wonderful job in giving dogs a temporary home that is safe and secure. Most rescue centres have areas where dogs receive daily exercise. This is different, however, to a long and satisfying walk where the dog gets the opportunity to see a world outside of his current home as well as getting much needed companionship with a human. Many dogs love and crave the companionship of humans and this is something that they miss when they are in a dog rescue centre.

Walking a dog regularly is a very important service that can be offered to rescue centres. Most centre staff simply do not have the time to give each dog a long walk, instead they welcome the service of volunteer dog walkers.

How Does Volunteer Dog Walking Work?

Animal rescue centres and shelters work in different ways, however most have set dog walking times over the course of a week. This makes is easier for the centre to administer rather than have people come in and out during the course of a day. Volunteers will be matched with suitable dogs. Therefore a volunteer who is looking to take a long hike across rough ground will be matched with a dog who will enjoy this form of walk. Whereas someone who is looking for a more gentle stroll might be matched with an older or smaller dog.

What Commitment is Required?

Most animal rescue centres welcome both dog walkers who can just do the odd walk and those who can commit to regular dog walking. While it is helpful for an animal rescue centre to know how many regular walkers they have, they also appreciate that this is not possible for everyone. Many volunteer dog walkers find that getting into a regular routine also helps them

Benefits of Dog Walking

There are many benefits of dog walking in addition to the valuable service that is provided to the dogs and to the rescue centre. These benefits include:

  • Dog walking is a great form of exercise! Many rescue centres have recommended walks around their neighbourhood that offer walks of differing lengths. A walk with a dog is also a good way to combat stress.
  • This is also the perfect way for people, who are unable to look after a dog or give a home to a dog, to have access to a dog and experience many of the benefits without the lifelong commitments. Many people would dearly love the companionship of a pet dog, however, currently find this impractical. Therefore this can be the ideal solution
  • Volunteering to walk dogs at a rescue centre is also a good opportunity for people who are thinking about adopting a dog, to gain experience of handling and walking dogs. This is a much better way of finding out whether they enjoy the experience than adopting a dog and living to regret the decision.
Walking a dog for a rescue centre is a valuable service as well as being a fun and worthwhile thing to do.

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Karen- Your Question:
I have a lot of spare time. I have raised 2 dogs in the past who have mainly lived alongside one or two cats. This worked out well for us. I live in Reading now and I have a lot of spare time which I would very much like to dedicate to helping rescue cats, dogs or both.I am a dedicated, flexible person and of course a huge animal lover. I would love to get involved in any useful way with the great work which you do. Dog walking, caring for cats, socialising animals, and any Admin tasks which may be necessary. I have a lot of Admin experience and work very well with people as well as animals. I currently have a cat at home who is adorable and easy going; but she is a little possessive. I have seen her interact with other cats however and she is very kind and not challenging. I would love to join your association, mainly for Dog Walking and socialisation. I am however very flexible and would just love to help out in any way you see fit.

Our Response:
You would have to apply directly to organisations such as the Cinnamon Trust here, Dogs Trust here and Bluecross here and/or do an online search for animal shelters in your local area. I hope these help.
SaveAPet - 28-Mar-17 @ 2:32 PM
I have a lot of spare time. I have raised 2 dogs in the past who have mainly lived alongside one or two cats. This worked out well for us. I live in Reading now and I have a lot of spare time which I would very much like to dedicate to helping rescue cats, dogs or both. I am a dedicated, flexible person and of course a huge animal lover. I would love to get involved in any useful way with the great work which you do. Dog walking, caring for cats, socialising animals, and any Admin tasks which may be necessary. I have a lot of Admin experience and work very well with people as well as animals.I currently have a cat at home who is adorable and easy going; but she is a little possessive.I have seen her interact with other cats however and she is very kind and not challenging. I would love to join your association, mainly for Dog Walking and socialisation. I am however very flexible and would just love to help out in any way you see fit.
Karen - 28-Mar-17 @ 1:57 AM
Jake - Your Question:
Hi! Me and my girlfriend Amy have 5 dogs between us at our parents homes in Nottingham; we've both grown up with dogs our whole lives and currently live in a house share in South East London and can't rescue a dog of our own. With that in mind; we'd like to use our time to help care for rescue dogs and would love to spend weekends doing so! Would appreciate any information/contact details of anyone who can help us :) thanks!

Our Response:
There are a variety of options you could choose. In the first instance you might want to contact the rescue centres in your area directly to see what options you have. Please also see link here and the Do-It link here.
SaveAPet - 7-Mar-17 @ 10:34 AM
Hi! Me and my girlfriend Amy have 5 dogs between us at our parents homes in Nottingham; we've both grown up with dogs our whole lives and currently live in a house share in South East London and can't rescue a dog of our own. With that in mind; we'd like to use our time to help care for rescue dogs and would love to spend weekends doing so! Would appreciate any information/contact details of anyone who can help us :) thanks!
Jake - 6-Mar-17 @ 9:09 AM
E - Your Question:
Do you have any centres in or near edinburgh where we can walk dogs? Thanks, Emma

Our Response:
You can see more via the Do-It site here.
SaveAPet - 21-Feb-17 @ 12:52 PM
Do you have any centres in or near edinburgh where we can walk dogs? Thanks, Emma
E - 20-Feb-17 @ 9:21 PM
I'd like to volunteer as a dog walker. I'm a dog lover who has had and cared for several dogs both large and small, and easy and more tricky. I live in N4 close to several parks so well situated for walks. Can you put me in touch with an organisation that can use my dig walking offer?
Lorenzo - 1-Feb-17 @ 9:20 PM
Hi I would like to volunteer for dog walking! I live in Stepney Green, London would you know where the nearest shelter is? Kind regards Hannah
Han - 16-Jan-17 @ 9:29 PM
Hi. My kids love animals but I can't keep any animal at houme. Do kids can take dogs for a walk? And where is nearest place where I can do this?I live in Harlow.
dog - 17-Dec-16 @ 7:42 PM
Kye - Your Question:
Hi looking to help and volunteer on dog walking but would like to know where nearest shelter is as I'm based in Northampton, nn3 area x.

Our Response:
Please see link here , plus here which has a local branch. I hope these help.
SaveAPet - 30-Nov-16 @ 2:19 PM
Hi looking to help and volunteer on dog walking but would like to know where nearest shelter is as I'm based in Northampton, nn3 area x.
Kye - 30-Nov-16 @ 8:37 AM
Hi, I love dogs but at the moment I cannot own one. I've heart that you can walk dogs from shelters. I would be greatful if you could let me know where I can find nerest shelter/ rescue center. I leave in Acton, W3 Many thanks Magda
Mg - 11-Nov-16 @ 10:02 PM
Jade - Your Question:
Hello, I would like to volunteer as a dog walkers. How old do you have to be?

Our Response:
If you are volunteering for an organisation, then you would have to be aged 18.
SaveAPet - 9-Nov-16 @ 2:57 PM
Hello, I would like to volunteer as a dog walkers. How old do you have to be?
Jade - 9-Nov-16 @ 12:14 PM
Roy - Your Question:
Looking for weekend walks and weekdays during school holidays.

Our Response:
The easiest way to get involved as a volunteer is to telephone your local dog rescue or animal shelter centre or your local RSPCA. You don’t need to have owned a dog before as you will be given an orientation, training and guidance as to what to expect before you actually take a dog out on your own. Initially, you’ll also be taken out on a walk with a dog and one of the dog shelter’s staff members so that you can get more of an idea as to the dog’s personality and advised what you should and shouldn’t do in any given situation. Volunteer work as a dog walker is very flexible so, whilst it’s very beneficial for a dog to get used to forming a relationship with you, you can fit the activity in very easily around your other existing commitments. However, you will have to be over 18. If you are, the Cinnamon Trust also takes on voluntary dog walkers to help those people who are elderly or ill here. I hope this helps.
SaveAPet - 28-Oct-16 @ 10:43 AM
Looking for weekend walks and weekdays during school holidays.
Roy - 27-Oct-16 @ 8:09 AM
Hello I'm a student at King's College London, I am deeply in love with dogs however can't manage to get one becauae of my accommodation and all. I hope i could volunteer as a dog walker, i live in stratford E20 1GS. Thanks in advance.
haydar - 25-Oct-16 @ 7:36 PM
Heya, Where could I go to walk a dog in London? I would appreciate if you could give me some contact info. Thank you
Jace - 29-Aug-16 @ 10:23 PM
I'm interested indog walking.Have looked online for somewhere local to myself which is in Hampshire.Does anyone know anywhere
Rene - 28-Mar-16 @ 9:48 PM
I am interested in volunteering in animal rescue centres but unsure how to get registered
Spud - 26-Mar-16 @ 8:27 PM
DogLover - Your Question:
Hello , I really love dogs and I would like to volunteer as a dog walker. I work full time but I am available most evenings and weekends. I live in NW7 and I couldn't find any shelter close by. Would you please help? Who I can contact, please? Thanks a lot.

Our Response:
Have you thought of applying to The Cinnamon Trust, link here and/or the Blue Cross here. I hope these help.
SaveAPet - 23-Mar-16 @ 12:33 PM
Hello , I really love dogs and I would like to volunteer as a dog walker. I work full time but I am available most evenings and weekends. I live in NW7 and I couldn't find any shelter close by. Would you please help? Who I can contact, please? Thanks a lot.
DogLover - 22-Mar-16 @ 4:40 PM
ojjy123 - Your Question:
Hello there, my girlfriend and I are both lovers of animals and live near a large park in London's East End. We would love to be able to volunteer to walk dogs or keep cats and other animals company. How do we apply to do this and where are the centres?

Our Response:
Please see Blue Cross link here, also the Cinnamon Trust here, which I hope will help.
SaveAPet - 15-Mar-16 @ 2:40 PM
Hello there, my girlfriend and I are both lovers of animals and live near a large park in London's East End. We would love to be able to volunteer to walk dogs or keep cats and other animals company. How do we apply to do this and where are the centres?
ojjy123 - 14-Mar-16 @ 7:57 PM
Hello, I graduated form veterinary school in December in Italy. I have been an animal lover since I was very little and having kept pets all my life I am familiar with their needs. I enjoy working with all kinds of animals. I would love to volunteer in an animal shelter and do things such as dog walking, cat socializing, but also help cleaning and whatever is needed.
Giulia91 - 8-Mar-16 @ 9:35 AM
em - Your Question:
Hello, I'm 15 and I've recently been looking for voluntary jobs like Dog walking/caring or cat caring, but I can not seem to find many centers that except people who are under 16-18, which is a shame because I love animals and would love to help. Am I to young for your center? And is there any centers around Birmingham?

Our Response:
I'm afraid it is a tricky situation as such centres do not have the insurance to cover a person under 16-18. I can only suggest you look for some local animal volunteering where your parents may like to also get involved.
SaveAPet - 4-Mar-16 @ 1:47 PM
Hello, I'm 15 and I've recently been looking for voluntary jobs like Dog walking/caring or cat caring, but I can not seem to find many centers that except people who are under 16-18, which is a shame because I love animals and would love to help. Am I to young for your center? And is there any centers around Birmingham?
em - 3-Mar-16 @ 6:08 PM
k3llyw - Your Question:
I am trying very hard to find some volunteer work with animals such as dog walking or help at a shelter with other animals and all aspects such as cleaning and supporting others. It is for my daughter as she is 13 coming 14 in august. Phebe is taking her options for her GCSE's and we have spoke to colleges about her future for enrollment at specific veternary teaching university she needs to have lots of hands on experiencing for as long as possible in all animal care based volunteering. As a teeneger the college course she is required to take also asked that even as a teeneger, it would be a huge requirement for volunteer work. Is there anyway in middlesbrough that would have any positions available. Phebe has also set up a dog walking scheme for our home area and is willing to start at the bottom basics. Thank you for any help you can provide.kind regards.

Our Response:
It is usually very difficult to find voluntary work for children under the age of 16 due to health and safety insurance issues. I can only suggest you sign up for some family volunteering i.e through your local zoo, National Trust etc.
SaveAPet - 21-Jan-16 @ 11:33 AM
I am trying very hard to find some volunteer work with animals such as dog walking or help at a shelter with other animals and all aspects such as cleaning and supporting others.It is for my daughter as she is 13 coming 14 in august.Phebe is taking her options for her GCSE's and we have spoke to colleges about her future for enrollment at specific veternary teaching university she needs to have lots of hands on experiencing for as long as possible in all animal care based volunteering.As a teeneger the college course she is required to take also asked that even as a teeneger, it would be a huge requirement for volunteer work.Is there anyway in middlesbrough that would have any positions available. Phebe has also set up a dog walking scheme for our home area and is willing to start at the bottom basics. Thank you for any help you can provide. kind regards.
k3llyw - 20-Jan-16 @ 8:49 PM
Selina - Your Question:
Hello, I love animals and would love to volunteer in a animal shelter or walk the dogs. But the problem is that I don't have an abundant of time. I would like to know if there are any locations in bloomsbury or kingscross?

Our Response:
You could try the Cinnamon Trust, link here. I hope this helps.
SaveAPet - 19-Oct-15 @ 2:48 PM
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