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Kennel Assistant

ISPCA - Longford

About ISPCA - Longford

Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

What's Involved

The overall purpose of the role

The Kennel Assistant Volunteer plays a huge role in the day-to-day care of rescued dogs and puppies at the Centre. Most animals the ISPCA rescues have been cruelly treated, and may have had little to no contact with people or other animals. The Kennel Assistant Volunteer helps provide a comfortable and safe environment for the dogs and puppies during their rehabilitation at the ISPCA. The ISPCA can have in excess of 50 dogs/puppies on site at our National Animal Centre.

Principal Responsibilities

 Feeding all dogs and puppies, cleaning and replacing all water bowels.  Deep cleaning and disinfecting all kennels and compound areas.  Replacing and washing/disinfecting all dog and puppy bedding/toys.  Monitoring animal feed and reporting any signs of illness or unusual behaviour.  Walking the dogs, lead training and socialising with other animals.  Assisting the Care Assistants with medications/veterinary assessments and treatments.  Washing and grooming dogs upon arrival where their coats are neglected.  Spending extra time with newly arrived dogs who may be nervous, helping build their confidence and trust.  The Kennel Assistant Volunteer role is working both indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions.

What's required for this position

Experience working with animals particularly dogs/puppies in similar capacity or in veterinary practice an advantage. Physical efforts/training is required for bending, stooping and lifting. Knowledge of zoonosis, dog behaviour, medical and treatment protocols ideal. Excellent interpersonal skills and desire to work with animals and people required. Experience handling animals is an advantage, but not essential as we provide full training.

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Level of English required for this role:
Intermediate English

Times and commitment required for this role


Minimum time commitment: Flexible

Hours required: 4hrs Weekly

Other Details

Location of volunteering opportunity:
ISPCA National Animal Centre, Derrryglogher Lodge, Keenagh, Co. Longford

Other location details:
ISPCA National Animal Centre, Derrryglogher Lodge, Keenagh, Co. Longford

Also available in these counties
Westmeath, Roscommon

Screening details for this role:

  • Application Form

Volunteers will be provided with the following supports:

  • Support/ advice/ recognition
  • Supervision
  • Initial induction and training
  • Insurance cover
  • Ongoing training opportunities

Age restrictions:
Over 16

Benefits you will receive as a volunteer

Gain satisfaction by helping to rehabilitate Ireland's most cruelly treated and neglected dogs and puppies. You will be involved in helping them ready to go to new, loving homes where they will be loved and cared for, for the rest of their lives.

Getting there

We are based on the R392 between Lanesboro & Ballymahon

  • This opportunity is posted by:
  • Volunteer Centre: Longford
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