Volunteers

Shelter & Wildlife Response Team

We need you to help us to help them

We would be delighted if you could help out. An hour or two of your time would mean so much to the lives of many animals.

To join our volunteer group please fill out our online application form and we will be in contact to discuss volunteering opportunities and orientation events to get you started.  You must be aged over 18 to partake in volunteer work at the Shelter.  We regret we cannot enter into any agreements by telephone.

Volunteers (aged 18+) needed for:

  • Dog walking at the shelter.
  • Events (Open Day, Dog Shows, etc.)
  • Fostering animals.
  • Animal Care & Field Work
  • Transport of injured animals
  • Deliveries & collections
  • Flag day and Supermarket collections

Submit Form Online

  • Contact Information

  • Availability

  • During which hours are you available for volunteer assignments?
  • Interests

  • Tell us in which areas you are interested in volunteering
  • Special Skills or Qualifications

  • Summarise special skills and qualifications you have acquired from employment, previous work, or through other activities, including hobbies or sports.

Terms & Conditions

Location:

For anyone intending to volunteer at the shelter, it is recommended that you have your own form of transport. We are located 2.7 kilometres from the centre of Kildare along a country road that is not suitable for walking. Due to the often unpredictable demands of our work, we are unable to facilitate requests for collections and drop offs.

Vetting:

The Kildare Animal Foundation has a policy of vetting all staff & volunteers who carry out duties at the shelter and / or represent the organisation.

The vetting itself is carried out by An Garda Síochána National Vetting Bureau and refers to an individual’s record of convictions in the Republic of Ireland or elsewhere. This includes all convictions and/or prosecutions, successful or not, pending or completed. The vetting process may also disclose information in relation to specified information such as pertinent information concerning a bona fide concern that there is a finding or allegation of harm to another person received by the National Vetting Bureau from An Garda Síochána or a Scheduled Organisation.

Kildare Animal Foundation reserves the right at its sole and absolute discretion to object at any time to any person nominated as a volunteer.

Volunteer Acknowledgement of Risk

Although Kildare Animal Foundation has taken reasonable steps to provide appropriate equipment and experienced personnel so I can enjoy activities for which I may not be skilled, I understand that no activity is without risk. Certain risks cannot be eliminated without destroying the unique character of these activities. The same elements that contribute to the unique charter of these activities can be loss or damages to my equipment, or accidental injury, illness, or in extreme cases, permanent trauma or death.

I understand that these risks include, but are not limited to; wild animal bites, and injuries, infections and parasitic diseases, trips, falls, falling objects, tool injuries, toxic chemical exposures or motor vehicle mishaps. I understand the description of these risks is not complete and that other unknown or unanticipated risks may occur. I agree to assume responsibility for the risks identified here in and those risks not specifically identified. My participation in these activities is purely voluntary, no one is forcing me to participate, and I elect to participate despite these risks.

I certify that I am fully capable of participating in the activities for which I am volunteering. Therefore, I hereby fully and irrevocably waive any claim against KAF, and assume full responsibility for myself, including my minor children or other dependants, for bodily injury, death and loss of personal property and expenses thereof as a result of those inherent risks and dangers, and of my negligence in participating in this activity.

Photographic and Work Product Release

I hereby grant and convey to KAF on a worldwide basis all right, title and interest in any and all photographic images, videos or audio recordings made in connections with activities conducted or sponsored by KAF or my volunteer, including, but not limited to, any royalties, proceeds and/or other benefits derived from such photographs or recordings.

I consent to the use of photographs (as well as the images or likeness) of myself by KAF for the purposes of publications, news, trade, promotional use, social media or ant other lawful use in conjunction with KAFs non-profit activities. I understand and agree that I will receive neither payment or royalty as a result of the use or publication by KAF of any photographs. Nor will I be entitled to receive notices of such use publication.