Jobs & Volunteers


Want to join a team of dedicated animal lovers and help abandoned and unwanted animals across Gloucestershire?

Vacancies at Cheltenham Animal Shelter will be published below when they become available. We will publicise these jobs on Facebook and Twitter, so be sure to follow both accounts.

Current Vacancies

Animal Care Assistant

A vacancy has arisen at the Shelter for a Full Time Animal Care Assistant on a 1 year Fixed Contract to include working alternate weekends. The contracted hours are 38.75 per week, which is split 31 hours on week 1 and 46.5 hours on week 2.

A full description of the role is below and full training will be given. The role starts with a three month probationary period and the rate of pay is £7.61 per hour ( £7.45 for under 21’s ) plus benefits including a work place pension.

The job will suit an enthusiastic, hardworking and conscientious individual who likes working outdoors. Experience and a proven track record in an animal welfare/rescue/boarding environment is essential and a prerequisite for the job. A full clean driving licence will be required and an immediate start would be preferred, with a closing date of 1st December 2017 and interviews set for Tuesday 19th December 2017.

Please apply in writing with a copy of your CV to Peter Newcombe, General Manager, Cheltenham Animal Shelter or e-mail your details to

Please note that due to the expected high number of applicants we regret that we will be unable respond to those not invited in for an interview, but would like to thank all those that have applied. Please also note that previous applicants need not apply.  Please also note that previous applicants for similar roles need not apply.


Title: Animal Care Assistant
Responsible to: Animal Welfare Manager
Post Objective: To provide care and ensure the well-being of all animals brought into the Animal Shelter, working under the direction of the Animal Welfare Manager.

Main Duties:

  • Daily clean of the kennels and compounds, including a weekly deep clean.
  • Prepare, and deliver feeds and clean water to animals
  • Exercise dogs, including training and other enrichment activities
  • Regularly record training improvements, behaviour of animals and any health concerns.
  • Bring animals to the Vet for inspection, health checks and treatment
  • Where requested work with the Animal Behaviourist to improve the animal’s chances of rehoming
  • Give minor medicines and treatments as directed by the Vet
  • Report behavioural traits to the Animal Welfare Manager responsible for re-homing
  • When in contact with members of the public, give any assistance that you may be asked for and be polite and professional at all times
  • Report immediately to the Animal Welfare Manager all suspected cases of ill health or ill treatment of any animals.
  • When requested help cover other areas and relating duties across site.
  • Observe best hygiene practices and conform to Health and Safety rules at all times
  • Where required, visit the homes of prospective pet owners to complete pre-adoption home checks.  When carrying out home checks, Animal Care Assistants must be courteous, polite and professional at all times.
  • Carry out any other reasonable duties as may be required by the General Manager, Animal Welfare Manager and Senior Team Leader.

There are currently no other vacancies at Cheltenham Animal Shelter, but we do have plenty of opportunities to volunteer. Any future roles will be advertised here and on our Facebook page. Thank you for your interest.

Last updated: 14/11/2017

Current Volunteering Vacancies

The Charity is looking to recruit reliable volunteers to assist with the following duties:

Fundraising & Event Volunteers

We are looking to recruit a team of keen, reliable and enthusiastic volunteers to become part of our Community Fundraising Group. We organise a number of events and also attend store collections and community engagements throughout the year.

Tasks may include:

  • Attending fetes and fairs on our behalf
  • Manning stands and tombolas
  • Taking part in supermarket and street collections
  • Distributing leaflets and posters
  • Helping us find new supporters
  • Supporting our fundraising events

If you have any questions please do get in touch; either pop in and chat to us, call 01242 548772 or email Full training will be provided to successful applicants (please note references/ DBS checks may be required for some roles).
Closing date for applications: Ongoing

Pet Fosterer

Providing a home to an animal on a temporary basis is an incredible way to help those that really need it. We often require people to look after animals that are struggling in a Shelter environment for a number of reasons. However, being a foster home for animals is not for everyone and so we have very clear guidelines on what we require.

To learn more about fostering CLICK HERE and if it is something you feel you could do then please get in touch.

Charity Shop Volunteer

The Charity Shop is a key source of income for the Shelter, and is staffed almost entirely by volunteers. We always require new volunteers and welcome applications at any time. Ideally you would be available for at least one shift a week, shifts are 9am-1pm or 1pm-4.30pm daily (some flexibility may be available, where it fits the needs of the shop). We require confident, outgoing individuals to assist the public and represent the Shelter, and given the nature of the work a reasonable level of mobility would be required. You would normally be working in groups of 2-3 per shift.

Tasks may include:

  • Manning the till and taking payments from customers
  • Sorting donations according to shop requirements and protocols
  • Refreshing stock on the shop floor
  • Light cleaning duties

If you have any questions please do get in touch; either pop in and chat to us, call 01242 548772 or email Full training will be provided to successful applicants (please note references/ DBS checks may be required for some roles).
Closing date for applications: Ongoing

New Trustee Required

Cheltenham Animal Shelter is going through an exciting time at present and we are looking for a new Trustee with fundraising experience to join our existing Board .Our Board of Trustees ,who are all volunteers , provide governance and advice across all of the Shelter’s activities, drawing on personal and professional experience to help shape the future of the organisation. As well as overseeing operations, many of the Trustees also sit on Sub-Committees offering input to animal welfare, financial management and more. Whilst we are always interested in hearing from individuals who may have a desire to join the board, we are specifically looking for a Trustee with demonstrable fundraising and or Charity Sector experience to join us.

Duties of a Trustee are varied but tasks may include:

  • Providing input to the organisational vision, mission and values as part of the functioning Board.
  • Helping to develop strategy as part of the Board alongside management and senior team
  • Assisting in proper fiscal oversight
  • Assisting in the maintenance of effective Board performance
  • Promoting the organisation

Whilst no specific experience as a trustee is required, we would like to hear from you if you have  good communication skills, are confident with a can do attitude, can show diplomacy and offer a new skill or professional experience to those already represented on the board.

If you have any questions please do get in touch; either pop in and chat to us, call 01242 548772 or email Full training will be provided to successful applicants (please note references/ DBS checks may be required for some roles).
Closing date for applications: 31/10/2017

The Charity is currently full to capacity for all other animal related volunteer duties.
All volunteers need to be at least 18 years of age.

Volunteer Vacancies Last Updated: 01/08/2017

Volunteer Week – Volunteer Profiles

To celebrate Volunteer Week we asked some of our wonderful volunteers for their thoughts on what it means to help out at the Shelter. From the dog walkers to shop workers, you can read their answers here…