Walking and socialising the dogs at the Ark
We are very grateful to our volunteers who help us with socialising the dogs in our care at the Stubbington Ark. Some of the volunteers have been dog socialisers for 20 years plus and all have done wonderful work for us. It is a great way to get fit, meet new people and help dogs in our care.
Our dogs need regular daily walking and socialising with people and other dogs to prepare them for adoption and it is really important that they are kept as happy as possible to avoid them becoming distressed. Although staff walk dogs too, we rely heavily on help from our committed volunteers to help keep the dogs stimulated and healthy in body and mind.
If you are thinking of applying to be a volunteer dog socialiser you would need to be 21 or over and relatively fit! Dog socialisers must be able to commit at least 5 to 6 hours a week (probably in one or two visits) whatever the weather! As a volunteer you would join the rota and have regular walking times which you would agree with our staff, but we can be flexible with you. We are currently looking for dog socialisers daily between 10am-1pm or 12pm-3pm & weekends. In the time slot of 3hours at each visit, we would expect you to take out at least 4 dogs and in the half hour or so that each dog is out of its kennel, it could be walked, groomed or simply sat with.
If you are prepared for the 6month minimum commitment and are suitable, please send in your application form and we will invite you to complete some online health and safety paperwork and then book a date for you to complete some hands on training sessions from our staff & experienced dog socialisers and then you will be able to work with the dogs independantly.
NB There will be approximately a 6month wait before we can invite you on an induction training session as our volunteering is very popular.
We strongly recommend you visit our kennels here at The Ark before you submit your volunteer application to obtain realistic expectations of what may be required of you in this role. This will allow you to view the kinds of dogs you may work with and see the kennel working environment as this may not suit everyone. When you do visit, please feel free to speak to any volunteer or staff member to ask any immediate questions you may have.
How do I get involved?59 KBDownloadApplication form
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