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Walking Dogs at a Rescue Centre

By: Jane Pullen - Updated: 13 Nov 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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Jeff - Your Question:
I live in Reading and I am interested in walking a dog or volunteering in dogs organisation but I dont know where to start, would you give me so advice?

Our Response:
You could try the Cinnamon Trust link here which may help further.
SaveAPet - 13-Nov-17 @ 12:05 PM
I live in Reading and I am interested in walking a dog or volunteering in dogs organisation but I dont know where to start, would you give me so advice?
Jeff - 13-Nov-17 @ 12:21 AM
JR - Your Question:
Hello,I am interested in volunteering to walk a dog on the weekend. I would prefer to do a longer walk, in the 2-3 range, as in walking around a large park or going on a hike. How can I get started? John

Our Response:
If the rescue centres won't allow you to take a dog on long walks, then you could try the likes of Cinnamon Trust, please see link here .
SaveAPet - 3-Nov-17 @ 12:36 PM
Hello, I am interested in volunteering to walk a dog on the weekend. I would prefer to do a longer walk, in the 2-3 range, as in walking around a large park or going on a hike. How can I get started? John
JR - 2-Nov-17 @ 9:23 PM
A - Your Question:
My 2 daughter's and I want to have dog but we want to walk someone else as we dont want to commet yet. We are in Northampton. Best day is sundays

Our Response:
Please see Cinnamon Trust link here which may help you further. Or you can apply to your local dog rescue centre directly.
SaveAPet - 10-Oct-17 @ 12:29 PM
My 2 daughter's and i want to have dog but we want to walk someone else as we dont want to commet yet. We are in Northampton.Best day is sundays
A - 9-Oct-17 @ 6:30 PM
@Lily - you'll probably have to wait until you're over 18, unless one of your parent's wants to sign up and you could go along too.
Misdsu - 6-Oct-17 @ 2:31 PM
Hi, I want to start to volunteer to walk dogs in dagenham but i am under 16 I dont wanna do it for financial reasons. Any advice?
Lily - 3-Oct-17 @ 4:42 PM
Johnny- Your Question:
My daughter ( aged 9) and myself would be keen to do some volunteer dog walking. Would it be possible for my daughter to accompany me whilst dog walking? We currently live in the South East London, Cystral Palace area? Any helpful advice would be appreciated. Thank you

Our Response:
Yes, that should not be a problem, you are not obliged to walk the dog alone. The Cinnamon Trust, link here might be a nice dog-walking charity to get involved with.
SaveAPet - 29-Sep-17 @ 12:32 PM
My daughter ( aged 9)and myself would be keen to do some volunteer dog walking. Would it be possible for my daughter to accompany me whilst dog walking?We currently live in the South East London,Cystral Palace area? Any helpful advice would be appreciated. Thank you
Johnny - 28-Sep-17 @ 8:04 PM
Ben - Your Question:
Hey, I am a youth worker in Harrow, and one of my young people over 18 has shown interest in volunteering and helping at a pet centre. Any suggestions of where to signpost them too?

Our Response:
Either you could direct your young person to get in touch with your local animal rescue centres directly, or via the Do-It site here to see if there are any voluntary positions advertised.
SaveAPet - 10-Aug-17 @ 3:41 PM
Hey, I am a youth worker in Harrow, and one of my young people over 18 has shown interest in volunteering and helping at a pet centre. Any suggestions of where to signpost them too?
Ben - 10-Aug-17 @ 11:29 AM
Arina - Your Question:
My friend and I would love to volunteer in the Surrey area, but we are both under the age of 16. Is this still possible?

Our Response:
Unfortunately, it is unlikely you would be allowed to volunteer when under the age of 16 due to insurance reasons.
SaveAPet - 8-Aug-17 @ 3:26 PM
My friend and I would love to volunteer in the Surrey area, but we are both under the age of 16. Is this still possible?
Arina - 8-Aug-17 @ 12:03 PM
I would like to help as much as possible
Sunny - 28-Jul-17 @ 7:40 PM
Jess - Your Question:
Hi there,I'm an Aussie teacher working in London for the year. My little puppy back home has just passed away suddenly and I'm struggling being away from home at this time. My boyfriend and I would love to do some volunteer dog walking to help both ourselves and some beautiful dogs in need at this time. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks, Jess :)

Our Response:
I am sorry to hear. There are plenty of places you can volunteer. You can approach rescue centres etc nearby where you live. Or approach the likes of the Cinnamon Trust, link here or Blue Cross here. I hope this helps.
SaveAPet - 27-Jun-17 @ 11:50 AM
Hi there, I'm an Aussie teacher working in London for the year. My little puppy back home has just passed away suddenly and I'm struggling being away from home at this time. My boyfriend and I would love to do some volunteer dog walking to help both ourselves and some beautiful dogs in need at this time. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks, Jess :)
Jess - 26-Jun-17 @ 4:18 PM
Chris - Your Question:
Hi I would like to walk dogs at a rescue centre in the Southend area

Our Response:
Please see link here and here . You could also do an online search and call any other rescue centres in your area directly.
SaveAPet - 15-Jun-17 @ 11:01 AM
Hi I would like to walk dogs at a rescue centre in the Southend area
Chris - 13-Jun-17 @ 2:04 PM
Dear Madam/Sir, I would like to know which shelters are welcome voluntary dog walkers in Reading-Maidenhead area. At the moment we cannot have a dog but occasionally we would be very happy to have the opportunity to help shelters by walking dogs. I hope children also can take part. Thank you. Kind regards, Judith
Judy - 5-Jun-17 @ 1:18 PM
Where are the centers. I live in East London.
Bill - 26-May-17 @ 4:34 PM
Hello. I live in east london (E10) currently off work for few weeks. I used to have dogs and really enjoy spending time with them. If there is a rescue centre near my Location I can either walk or just be of general help.Please let me know
Gosia - 9-May-17 @ 7:21 PM
Jamie - Your Question:
I would love to volentree as a dog walker, I'm living in ormskirk if there are any rescue centre in this area that would be great!

Our Response:
While it's not a rescue centre, The Cinnamon Trust always needs dog walkers to help people with illness , please see link here. The RSPCA is also looking for dog walkers, please see link here. Both have bases in Southport. I hope these help.
SaveAPet - 4-May-17 @ 10:26 AM
I would love to help at a animal shelter in Blackpoolplease can you direct me in the right direction. Thanks Meg
Meg - 3-May-17 @ 10:40 PM
I would love to volentree as a dog walker, I'm living in ormskirk if there are any rescue centre in this area that would be great!
Jamie - 3-May-17 @ 10:55 AM
Lynne - Your Question:
Hi. I live in the Middlesbrough area and am looking to do some volunteering dog walking. I recently lost my beautiful cocker spaniel so have plenty of time to help someone. Please let me know where I should apply. Thanks Lynne

Our Response:
Have you tried the likes of Cinnamon Trust, here? I'm not sure if it's in your area, but it's a really nice organisation to help out with as you'll be helping the pet owners too.
SaveAPet - 27-Apr-17 @ 2:59 PM
Hi. I live in the Middlesbrough area and am looking to do some volunteering dog walking.I recently lost my beautiful cocker spaniel so have plenty of time to help someone. Please let me know where I should apply. Thanks Lynne
Lynne - 27-Apr-17 @ 11:29 AM
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
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