Last updated: 29 Jun, 2020
Published on: 18 May, 2020
Meet our Vital Volunteers!
We’re only a small organisation but we’re very ambitiously doing big, big work in redesigning the future for pets.
From time to time, we need some extra helping hands and we’re so very appreciative to have pet lovin’ Vital Vollies who can assist with work that creates happiness and saves lives. Their support in areas such as advocacy, reach, research, response and data entry enables PetRescue to swiftly launch new pilot initiatives to create a future where every pet is safe, respected and loved. 💚
This work wouldn’t be possible without the following amazing humans: Nik, Claire, Jess, Zoe, Jake (pictured below) and Tris, Kelly, Anita, Maree and Mel (not pictured).
We asked them a few questions about volunteering at PetRescue
Tell us why you chose to volunteer with PetRescue
I had previously fostered cats and kittens for a rescue group, but since starting my own cattery I haven’t been able to do so. I saw the advertisement for the PetRescue volunteer position and couldn’t wait to apply - it allows me to join together my two passions – animals and computers! It was also helpful knowing the hours were flexible - I am able to log on to do some volunteer duties whenever I have the chance, as opposed to having set hours which I wouldn’t be able to commit to.
With a cattery of her own, Nik is a huge rescue champion. She is passionate about pets and believes that making even the smallest of a difference can go a long way!
I had been thinking for some time about volunteering for an animal welfare organisation and knew of PetRescue’s great work after adopting my beautiful cat Mika (who has sadly now passed) from one of their members, Cheltenham Cat Rescue, as part of The Adoptables program. Mika and I were also featured as a 'Happy Tail' so I was a fan! When I saw the PetRescue advertisement I felt like the volunteer role was made for me, all I needed was some time, an internet connection and of course a love for our furry friends.
Claire first decided to volunteer when she adopted her cat Mika from a PetRescue member organisation. Although she has a hectic schedule, Claire loves to dedicate whatever time she can towards helping homeless pets find a home.
Not working throughout COVID-19 meant that I wanted something to keep my brain busy, and fill up some of the hours of my day. After searching for volunteering opportunities I came across PetRescue, and was so happy to jump on board knowing the awesome work they do for rescue cats like my kitten, 'Banana'. PetRescue were great to work with, provided me with flexibility, and help when it felt like I had hit a dead-end. I would recommend volunteering with them to anyone.
Jess and her kitten Banana are two peas in a pod. Jess likes indoor plants and Banana loves knocking them over. Jess loves giving out hugs and Banana loves getting them!
I found my first personal dog through PetRescue in mid-2018, Bindi was an 11-year-old mutt that had obviously had a bad life, here is an All 4 Paws Facebook post... She came to me in a pretty bad state, however, she had an amazing personality. She grew to become a beautiful dog who loved all humans. She really was my best friend for those two years, sleeping next to my bed, getting me out of the house to walk her every morning and night. What a great way to clear your headspace! PetRescue gave me the opportunity to have a meaningful two years with a beautiful dog and companion so I reached out and offered up my services as a volunteer, whatever they needed.
Jake is a dog enthusiast but loves all pets. Having grown up with three Staffordshire Bull Terriers, when Jake moved out of the family home he adopted Bindi, an 11-year-old senior pet through PetRescue and All 4 Paws Dog Shelter. After an amazing two years with Bindi, Jake decided to go with a puppy and now lives with Albert the Cocker Spaniel and his partner Emily in Melbourne. He leads the marketing for Australia and New Zealand for management consulting firm Kearney.
What’s the best thing about volunteering?
The sense of joining a ‘community’ of like-minded people who share the same passions. Of course, knowing that you might just be making a small difference to the lives of others (furry and human) is a big bonus too!
Doing something worthwhile with my time. I’ve got a busy job and social life but I’m lucky enough to have a bit of downtime too. It’s nice that I can use some of that time to help animals find their forever home.
The best thing about volunteering is the connections you make along the way. By giving up your time to help out the organisations and causes you care about, you are also freeing up the workload of the employees you work alongside as a volunteer. Friendly emails back and forth, and gratitude from both sides leads to connections you wouldn’t otherwise have! These connections are what makes you feel a part of something when you don’t always get to see the end product you’re contributing to.
I love being able to make a difference to a cause that I am genuinely passionate about and feel connected to. I think it's a great way to connect with like-minded people who share my values.
Although I am not ‘hands-on’ volunteering with the animals, I know I am making a difference to an organization that relies on partnerships, sponsorships, donations, etc. to keep the lights on and keep pets being rescued. I find solace in the fact that I am contributing, however little, to helping animals find new homes and new lives.
And lastly, we asked them what advice they’d give someone who’s thinking of volunteering 💚
Go for it - look for opportunities with groups or organisations who are involved in areas you have a keen interest in! It can be overwhelming to begin with as there is much to learn, but when you find that right place to volunteer with, it brings a great sense of satisfaction. You have nothing to lose by giving it a try!
Find something you’re passionate about and decide what time you can give and then go for it!
To look deeply into the opportunities that exist! So many opportunities exist that can be done online with flexible hours that mean your normal life can continue while you’re contributing to causes you care about in your spare time!
Send the email, make the call - take action to get involved. I wish I had become a volunteer sooner because making the time does feel rewarding.
Jump into it! Volunteering, whatever you are doing is going to be a rewarding experience.