Home > Pet Rescue Centres > Walking Dogs at a Rescue Centre

Walking Dogs at a Rescue Centre

By: Jane Pullen - Updated: 15 Sep 2018 | 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.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
[Add a Comment]
Sorry I forgot to mention from the below that we are based in London from a corporate business. Please get in touch, we would love to dog walk!
Mel - 15-Sep-18 @ 11:23 PM
Hi, I have a few people in a business I work for that are interested in walking dogs individually or in a group. Please can you get in touch if you are interested. All are very reliable. Many thanks
Mel - 15-Sep-18 @ 11:20 PM
Hi, I live in Chelmsford, Essex but I’m willing to travel to walk some rescue dogs. My parents are away and have put my dogs in the kennels as I work all day so it would be unfair to keep them at home, however I’m really missing them and me and my boyfriend would love to walk some rescue dogs soon :)
Izzy - 2-Aug-18 @ 7:54 PM
NKHEFTER - Your Question:
I live in London and would love to be able to volunteer and help walk dogs. pls can you let me know where I can go to do this.

Our Response:
You can see more via the link here , here and here, which I hope will help.
SaveAPet - 3-Jul-18 @ 10:02 AM
I live in London and would love to be able to volunteer and help walk dogs. pls can you let me know where i can go to do this.
NKHEFTER - 2-Jul-18 @ 1:33 PM
Hi there, I am trying to find somewhere to volunteer with dog walking in London but I can't seem to find anywhere which would accept someone for a few hours a week. Could you please let me know if you ahve any recommondations for locations in London. Thanks, Charlotte
charlotte - 14-Jun-18 @ 11:35 AM
Hello, I have been looking for opportunities to help out shelters with dog walking in London, but wasn't able to find a single shelter looking for this kind of help... Have you had any luck?
Matt Black - 9-May-18 @ 8:35 AM
Hi I live in central London, and i am looking for some volunteering dog walkings for a small group like 5 - 10 people. Please let me know where i can find this information, thanks.
Nick - 1-May-18 @ 2:39 PM
Annie - Your Question:
I am interested in walking a dog in the Eastbourne and surrounding area. I have had a dog for a year but it was in Cape Town. Had to leave the dog behind and can't have one in the flat, where I am staying, at the moment. Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks.

Our Response:
You could check if Cinnamon Trust is in your locality, please see link here. Or check with your local pet rescue centres if they need dog walkers.
SaveAPet - 16-Mar-18 @ 2:39 PM
I am interested in walking a dog in the Eastbourne and surrounding area.I have had a dog for a year but it was in Cape Town.Had to leave the dog behind and can't have one in the flat, where I am staying, at the moment.Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks.
Annie - 14-Mar-18 @ 3:03 PM
Jackie - Your Question:
Hi I was wondering if there was any where near Penn Wolverhampton that might need some help with walking dogs or just giving then some fuss and care. I have looked after my daughter dogs but she left home now. I love to own a dog but can’t have a dog where I live.I work part time in Bilston Wolverhampton mon to fri So the weekend I could help for a few hours & maybe when the lighter night come too.I finish work at 3.30 pm mon to fri.I live on my own & don’t have many friends maybe this might be away of making friends.Im 58 years old.

Our Response:
The Cinnamon Trust may be able to help you, please see link here.
SaveAPet - 5-Feb-18 @ 10:39 AM
Hi I was wondering if there was any where near Penn Wolverhampton that might need some help with walking dogs or just giving then some fuss and care . I have looked after my daughter dogsbut she left home now . I love to own a dog but can’t have a dog where I live .I work part time in Bilston Wolverhampton mon to fri So the weekend I could help for a few hours & maybe when the lighter night come too .I finish work at 3.30 pm mon to fri .I live on my own & don’t have many friends maybe this might be away of making friends .Im 58 years old .
Jackie - 4-Feb-18 @ 1:15 PM
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
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice...
Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Topics
Latest Comments