Sunderland, Hartlepool and South Tyneside Branch




Do you love animals, have time to spare and would like to make a difference in your community? Bury, Oldham & District RSPCA, like all other RSPCA branches, is a separately registered branch of the RSPCA and is responsible for raising funds locally. The branch relies on the dedication and support of its volunteers to provide an animal welfare service for those animals and their owners most in need in the Bury, Oldham area.

Here are some ways you can help us:


Become a Trustee

We are looking for three skilled and passionate trustees who can make an impact and help us meet the challenge of ensuring the branch is efficiently and effectively run and is able to provide innovative solutions to changing animal welfare needs and ever increasing financial pressures.

Becoming a branch trustee is a great way to meet like-minded people, gain new skills or develop existing ones, while making a real difference to the lives of animals. Ideally, we are looking for trustees with expertise in the areas of fundraising, the charity retail sector, working with volunteers, business, commerce, marketing and PR. Trustees need to be committed to the RSPCA, have common sense and be willing to get involved.

For more information please download our Trustee advertisement

Animal Centre

Many volunteers enjoy working alongside the staff completing the day to day tasks such as cleaning, feeding, grooming and exercising of the animals. You will need to be aged 16 years or above and have a real love of animals. You will need to be motivated and reasonably physically fit as the work is strenuous.
Many of our volunteers help just for the pleasure of being around animals whilst others volunteer to gain experience of working within an animal environment.

Home visiting
The role of the home visitor is to visit the homes of potential animal adoptors to ensure their suitability for an RSPCA animal.
If you have experience as a pet owner and have your own transport you may be able to help. We re-home cats and dogs but also do home visits for lots of other animals for RSPCA branches. You will be asked to attend a two hour training course at the animal centre and then initially to shadow an experienced home checker on visits to potential adopters.

Fostering means looking after an animal in your home on a temporary basis prior to it being re-homed. The animal remains in the ownership of the RSPCA. In some cases, the animal you foster may need to be fed on a very regular basis, such as abandoned kittens. Some animals may need wounds bathing or medication given. Others may just be stressed and will need a lot of tender loving care. We will always provide you with support. All fostered animals must be returned to the centre and go through our normal assessment and rehoming procedures.

Charity shop work
We have a total of 14 charity shops. The charity shops team are dedicated to raising funds for the local branch and to help local animals. We think it is best to do what you enjoy, so you can either do one particular task or move around and do a few more. The work usually entails working on the till, steaming the clothes, pricing and labelling items, sorting items, and changing window displays. Training will be given.

All our charity shops have volunteer application packs. Please call in one of our shops and speak to the Shop Manager about volunteering.


Help out at open days and other events at the animal centre
Help collect money in supermarkets eg during ‘RSPCA week’
Help organise a fundraising event eg a quiz or a social evening
Undertake a sponsored event on our behalf

Our volunteers make a huge contribution to the work we do to prevent cruelty, promote kindness to and alleviate suffering of animals and we thank all of our current and past volunteers for all of their help and dedication.

Please click here for our volunteer form. Simply complete and return it to us at the address below:

Your volunteer application will be processed by the relevant department.

RSPCA Bury, Oldham & District, The Strinesdale Centre, Holgate Street, Oldham OL4 2JW