Can you spare time to help us save animals?

Volunteers are the lifeblood of RSPCA South Australia. Without their incredible commitment, dedication and passion, we simply wouldn’t be able to help so many abandoned, neglected, sick and surrendered animals in South Australia each year.

Volunteering is a hugely rewarding experience, offering you the opportunity to make a positive impact to the lives of many animals in need. Some positions involve direct interaction with animals, while others involve providing support without direct contact. However you decide to help, you will make a lifesaving difference to animals in need.

If you’re interested in becoming an RSPCA South Australia volunteer, check out our specific opportunities below.

Please note: applicants must be aged 18 years or older. Due to workplace health and safety and child protection laws, we unfortunately cannot accept volunteers aged under 18 years.

Foster care

If you have a place in your home for an animal that needs to be cared for outside of the shelter please complete the foster care online application form.  To be a foster carer you must meet the requirements stated on the foster care page.  If you would like more information contact our foster team at

Animal shelters

RSPCA has a variety of animals in our shelters that need daily care.  In order to be a volunteer at one of our three shelters you must be able to answer yes to all of the following:

  • I am physically fit and agile to undertake the task.
  • I am over 18 years old.
  • I am able to work independently without supervision.
  • I am able to make quick, rational decisions.
  • I am emotionally capable of dealing with the shelter environment.
  • I could pass a national police clearance.
  • I am able to follow staff instruction.
  • I am prepared to follow RSPCA policies and procedures.
  • I am the person that will be volunteering.

To volunteer at RSPCA Lonsdale, we ask that you first visit the shelter and familiarise yourself with our environment to ensure it is suitable to your needs. After your visit, please complete our online volunteer application form.

If you live near Whyalla or Port Lincoln and would like to assist at one of our rural shelters, please complete this online application form.  Please ensure you do visit your local shelter before applying to ensure the environment is suitable to your needs.

Op shops

We have six op shops throughout Adelaide’s suburbs that all rely on dedicated volunteers to deliver exceptional customer service. You can find out more on the op shops page or apply now by clicking here.

Stepney head office

If you would prefer to volunteer during business hours in our Stepney headquarters, we have opportunities in administration, marketing, events, education and more. You might like to assist our fundraising and communications teams, or support our animal welfare advocate with education programs. Please click here to complete an application form for one of these exciting volunteer roles.


Once we receive your application someone will be in touch with you within seven days to advise the status of your application and the next steps that may need to be taken.


Already a volunteer? You can log in to our online system below.

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