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Volunteers

Our Volunteers help provide love, care and hope to the hundreds of cats and dogs that pass through our Refuge each year on their quest to find their furr-ever home.  They come from all works of life, with many different skillsets. Each Volunteer is as valuable as the next, without the help and dedication of these reliable, committed people, SCARS would not be able to operate. The work may not be glamorous, but it is rewarding and will allow you to meet many like-minded people and lots of loving cats and dogs. 

If you are enthusiastic, passionate, reliable, friendly, interested in animal welfare and you enjoy working outdoors, you may be what we are looking for. 


Below are our expectations and requirements for you to be a successful applicant:

  • You must be 18 years or older (applications from volunteers under the age of 18 cannot be accepted for insurance reasons)
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team, able to follow direction under the guidance of a Team Leader
  • Must be physically fit, and capable of working in all weather conditions (extremely hot in summer and cold in winter) 
  • Willing to work with all breeds of dogs/cats 
  • We ask our volunteers to commit to a minimum of six months of regular volunteering
  • You will be asked to lock in for the same 5-hour shift each week


If you are unable to provide this level of commitment, due to work or study commitments preventing you from attending the allocated shift, we would still love your help in other ways! You can Donate, put in a Expression of Interest to Foster, or even apply to become an Event Volunteer. 


Have you got what it takes to be a Sunshine Coast animal refuge volunteer?  
Want to get involved as a volunteer and be apart of the team?  
Then have a look through our role descriptions and vacancies available below and apply! 

*Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee you will be offered a position*

Click here to sign up!

Cat/Kitten Foster Carer

Do you enjoy:

  • Knowing you’ve made a difference?
  • Caring for and enriching the lives of cats?
  • Kitten fun, purring lap warmers and mini mess makers?

Then consider applying for the volunteer role of Cat Foster Carer. This role supports the refuge by providing temporary care in a home environment for either young litters of kittens or adult cats.

Cat Foster Carers are in high demand and must be able to contain their foster animal/s indoors, provide transport to and from the refuge for vet checks, and be able to meet the needs of young animals. All food, toys, kitty litter and vet care is provided.  Please note this is not an application to be a Cattery Volunteer onsite at SCARS. These roles are advertised separately.  Download the Cat Foster Application Cat Foster Application (171 KB) and email it to info@sippycreek.com.au


Dog/Puppy Foster Carer

Do you enjoy:

  • Knowing you’ve made a difference?
  • Caring for and enriching the lives of dogs?
  • Puppy slobber, long walks and unconditional love?

Then consider applying for the volunteer role of Dog Foster Carer. This role supports the refuge by providing temporary care in a home environment for either young litters of puppies or adult dogs.

Dog Foster Carers are in high demand, and must have secure fencing, be able to contain their foster animal/s on their property, provide transport to and from the refuge for vet checks, be able to meet the needs of young animals or adult dogs, and ideally have no other pets in the home. All food, toys, beds and vet care is provided.  Please note this is not an application to be a Kennel Volunteer onsite at SCARS. These roles are advertised separately. Download the Dog Foster Application Dog Foster Application (204 KB) and email it to info@sippycreek.com.au


School Work Experience

The Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge is a very popular choice for students wishing to complete their School Work Experience placements. Our placements are filled very quickly each year, and we assess applications on a first come first served basis. If you would like to apply for a Work Experience Placement, please email our Volunteer Coordinator indicating the dates you require to volunteercoordinator@sippycreek.com.au 


Open Colleges Study Placement

Placements are available for students completing a Cert 2 or 3 in Companion Animal Studies through Open Colleges. We can accommodate two students at a time, and offer access to both Cats and Dogs. If you are looking for a Study Placement, please email the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteercoordinator@sippycreek.com.au

Unfortunately we cannot offer placements in our Vet Rooms.