We are now CLOSED for applications for TY work experience for the next School Year (Aug 2023-May 2024) as all 30 places have been filled. Any applications received will now go on a waiting list but are not guaranteed a place.

At Kildare Animal Foundation we love to see young people with a strong and positive interest in Animal care. And to help people seeking  to develop their skills and education in this area, we are delighted to provide work experience opportunities.

If taking care of animals is something you have a strong passion for, then complete our online application form below. Successful candidates will be expected to attend between 10am and 4pm on weekdays only.  Work Experience programs are not available on Saturdays or Sundays. Refreshments are provided but you are will need to bring a packed lunch with you.

We require a minimum of 4 weeks advance notice to arrange each placement.  Due to the volume of requests that we receive we regret that we cannot accommodate all applications. Only those who receive confirmation of dates will be eligible.

Applications must be submitted via the form below and we are unable enter into any agreements by telephone or email. We recommend all applicants to visit the shelter prior to making an application. It will help you to understand the type of work experience you would be getting involved with. Visits for TY’s interested in this form of work experience are facilitated Mondays to Wednesdays between 2 & 3.45pm. Visits are by appointment only; an appointment can be made by emailing or by calling (045)522929


Transition Year & Work Experience Students

Terms & Conditions


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.


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.