Staffie & Stray Rescue

Help us provide a sanctuary for our deserving rescue dogs

Registered Charity No. 1163631

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Volunteering for Staffie and Stray Rescue

Volunteering for Staffie and Stray Rescue means that you are playing an active part in saving dogs lives and helping them to find their forever homes.

You will never be alone – we like to do everything in minimum of 2’s! As a new volunteer you will be shown how to participate in any of the volunteering opportunities that you wish to.

Everyone can participate in one way or another. We just ask that you are willing to help in any way that you wish, support other volunteers and enjoy yourself!

Opportunities Available

  • Looking after a stall and selling items to raise money at various events
  • Doing street collections to raise money
  • Dog walking
  • Carrying out home checks
  • Transporting dogs to their foster/forever homes/to the vets
  • Meeting dogs coming in to the rescue
  • Taking photos and making notes for the website
  • Spreading the word about Staffie and Stray Rescue!
  • Helping us find sponsors
  • Helping us obtain donations
  • Encouraging the public to change their negative perceptions of the Staffie
  • Promote micro chipping, vaccinations and spay/neutering of pets

Shop Volunteer

 Our newly furnished Kinson shop reopened in January 2022! We are now looking for some volunteers to help out.

Are you an enthusiastic individual who is passionate about animal welfare? If so, why not join the Staffie team! We have a variety of roles available in the shop, from serving customers to sorting and arranging items to sell.

This is a small shop with a friendly vibe. We sell a variety of items at very affordable prices!

Your key responsibilities are to:

  • Greet and serve customers
  • Put items through the till
  • Regularly change things around the shop so that it looks fresh and new for our regular customers
  • Sort through donations
  • Price donations
  • General housekeeping such as hoovering, dusting etc

Hours are flexible to suit you.

Please get in touch if:

  • You are passionate about animal welfare
  • You are aged 16+
  • You are creative and motivated
  • You are able to use your own initiative
  • You have a good sense of humour
  • You enjoy working with others and in a team

Please fill out the shop volunteer application form and hand in to the shop at 1516 Wimborne Road, BH11 9AE, or email it back to

Volunteer Fundraisers

We are looking for volunteer fundraisers to help out at our events to help raise necessary funds for the dogs in our care. We are especially busy over the summer with events such as various carnivals around the Bournemouth area, Dorset Dogs Festival and many family fun days. All events tend to be surrounding the Bournemouth area and often take place on a Saturday or Sunday.

Volunteers choose a time slot and tend to help out for a couple of hours on a shift type rota.

The rescue will inform you of upcoming events and you can then choose your preferred hours to help out if you are available on that day.

Before volunteering, you must submit a volunteer application form. We will then meet up for an informal chat so that we can meet you and give you an overview of the rescue. Many customers ask about the rescue at events so it is important that you are knowledgeable.

Volunteer Window Cleaner

The rescue are looking for a volunteer window cleaner to clean our charity shop window once a month at: Staffie and Stray Rescue, 1516 Wimborne Road, Kinson, BH11 9AE.


Volunteer Handy Man

The rescue would like some help at their charity shop in Kinson with the following:

  • Taking items to the tip
  • Picking up donations
  • Dropping off larger items to customers

The applicant must have a large vehicle/van to apply for this role.

Hours are flexible and to suit. This role should take up no more than 45 minutes of your time.

Details of charity shop: 1516 Wimborne Road, Kinson, BH11 9AE

Please complete a volunteer application form to apply.

Volunteer Leaflet Droppers

As a rescue it is important that we get our name out there and spread the word of the work that we do!

We are looking for volunteers to give up a small amount of time to drop off some leaflets in their local area.

Collection of leaflets from our charity shop: 1516 Wimborne Road, Kinson, BH11 9AE.


Volunteer Car Boots

We are looking for some volunteers to pick up items from us and sell them at a car boot that is local and convenient to then.

The rescue will pay for your entrance fee.

We often get lots of donations and not enough space to keep them. We would love for some people to help reduce high stock levels and raise necessary funds for the dogs.

If you are interested, please complete the volunteer application form.

Benefits of Volunteering

Learn or develop a new skill

For example, learn how to carry out home checks and use your initiative to come to sensible decisions about whether someone is eligible and suitable to rehome a dog. Or maybe you could learn about the plight of the Staffordshire bull terrier and show the public how loving this breed really is!

Be part of your community

Volunteering is ultimately about helping others and having an impact on people’s wellbeing. Not only do we rescue dogs, but we advise and help people in despair who need us to rehome their dog as a result of unforeseen circumstances.

Motivation and sense of achievement

Fundamentally, volunteering is about giving your time, energy and skills freely. Unlike many things in life there is choice involved in volunteering. As a volunteer you have made a decision to help on your own accord, free from pressure to act from others. Volunteers predominantly express a sense of achievement and motivation, and this is ultimately generated from your desire and enthusiasm to help.

Boost your career options

Volunteering is a great thing to put on your CV, employers love to see this!

New interests and hobbies

Volunteering can give that escape to everyday routine and create a balance in our lives. Finding new interests and hobbies through volunteering can be fun, relaxing and energising.

Make new friends

We have a lovely team of volunteers. Join us and make new friends with similar interests today!

We also host a volunteer meeting once a month, for drinks and nibbles and to discuss what has happened in the past month within the rescue and our plans for the next month!

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