Are you thinking about volunteering? There are so many ways you can help us!


What have you got to offer?

Without our dedicated volunteers we could not exist and continue with the work we do. Could you commit to helping us out a few hours a week?
There is just so much to do! Volunteering with us is very rewarding, you are helping us make a difference to so many animals’ lives.
We have a number of different volunteer roles, there will be something to suit everyone! If you don’t mind the dirty jobs you can volunteer at the Sanctuary and help clean the kennels out in the morning, you could walk dogs in the afternoon or spend time cuddling cats or feeding the rabbits and guinea pigs.
If you would prefer something more ‘indoors’ you could volunteer in Reception and help out with admin duties and answering the telephone.
With our new charity shop in Bangor just opened we alse need volunteers to work shifts there, helping to serve customers, sort out stock and make deliveries. Our shops in Ballynahinch and Newtownards are also looking for volunteers.


Fundraising is  vital to the survival of the charity. The money goes straight to the animals paying for their food, vet bills and care.
Regular events, street collections, bag packs and sponsored walks are held to raise much needed funds for the Sanctuary.
There are so many ways you can help us raise the much needed funds to allow us to continue to care for and rescue many more animals. You could volunteer to help out at one of our events, help to organise and run the event or simply just be there on the day as an extra pair of hands.
You could also take part in one of our events and raise sponsorship money or even organise your own event to raise funds for the Sanctuary!

Skills & Experience

Have you got skills and experience you could share with us? We are always looking for people with the desire to go that extra mile.
Could you foster a litter of kittens or puppies until they are old enough to find new homes?
Are you able to drive long distances? We are always in need of volunteer drivers for our Chance of a Lifetime van. With twice weekly trips to Scotland and England we always need people who can be readily available. You could help us ensure that a further 40 dogs a week are rescued from council pounds.
Have you got expertise in marketing, PR or communication? We always need people who can help the charity move forward.


Give them your love! That is all they want.
Why not consider fostering an elderly animal or one that is recovering from surgery or has a life-limiting illness. You will be giving them a second chance, a warm bed and unconditional love.
Occasionally we have older animals that are often overlooked for the younger, more playful ones. Why not open your heart to a ‘golden oldie’ and make their retirement a happy one.
Alternatively you could foster one of our animals that has a life-limiting or life-long medical condition. They may require daily medication and regular trips to the vet, but you will be able to give them the love and quality of life they deserve.

How do I get involved?

Getting involved is very easy! You can email us on info@assisi-ni.org or you can call us on 028 9181 2622. You can also call up to the Sanctuary and complete a volunteer form in Reception. You will then be invited to our welcome meetings held in the Ards charity shop on the first Sunday of every month, 1.30pm – 3pm. Alternatively you can call into the Sanctuary and have a chat with our staff and see if there is anything that you would like to get involved with.

Download a volunteer application form

Click HERE to download your application form. It is in PDF format.



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