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Volunteer Form

Volunteer application form

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Personal Details

The RSPCA wholeheartedly supports the principle of equal opportunities and opposes all forms of unfair discrimination.

The RSPCA is committed to safeguarding our vulnerable supporters. Please refer to your local branch or animal centre should you wish to obtain information about their Safeguarding Policy.

How we use your information

The RSPCA (registered charity number 219099) and other RSPCA branches (separately registered, volunteer run charities) use the personal data (as defined by the Data Protection Act 2018) you give us for the purpose of achieving its animal welfare objectives. This might involve specifically:

  • Keeping administrative records
  • Contacting you in the future about other volunteering opportunities

You don’t have to give us your telephone number or email address for these purposes but if you do, we will only use them for contacting you in relation to your volunteering.

If your application is more suited to a volunteering opportunity within another RSPCA branch, a separately registered, volunteer-run charity, we may forward your detals so the branch may contact you about this. If you agree to your information being shared in this way, please tick this box:

Should you wish to change your communication preference or find out more about how we use your personal data please visit or contact your local branch (if you have consented to us sharing your data) or animal centre for further details.

Volunteer Declarations

By completing this form I confirm that I am eligible to volunteer in the UK and understand that I am applying for a non remunerated, voluntary role. If you are from outside the EU or European Economic Area we advise you refer to the UK Border Agency website for information about your eligibility to volunteer in the UK.

Parental Consent (If Applicable)

Please note: opportunities for anyone under 16 years of age are limited and some restrictions apply in relation to opportunities for under 18's.

I confirm I am the parent/guardian of the person mentioned above and I consent to them volunteering with the RSPCA. Parent or guardian signature if under 18:


I confirm that the information I have provided on this form is true and complete. I understand that any false information may result in the withdrawal of any offer of a voluntary role. I understand that I may be asked to produce evidence of identification, address and status in the UK when applicable.

Additional Information

This information will be held for the purpose of processing your application and will then be destroyed securely.

Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

Have you been convicted of any offence which is not considered 'spent' under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974?

If you have ticked yes we will ask you to complete a declaration form which we will send to you separately. This will not necessarily preclude you from volunteering with the RSPCA.


Please supply details of two people we can contact for a confidential reference. If possible, one of these should be a professional referee such as a current or previous employer or a school teacher.

Please ensure that you have asked your referees’ permission to provide their contact details and for us to contact them.


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About Us

We are primarily self-funding and the money we spend in York is raised in York and Harrogate and surrounding areas. Income is also generated by our charity shops in Goodramgate, York, Acomb and Selby.

Find out more

RSPCA York, Harrogate & District Branch

RSPCA York Animal Home
Landing Lane, YORK
YO26 4RH

Telephone: 01904 654949Our reception area is only fully manned during our opening hours, as our staff are attending to animal welfare the rest of the time.


Opening times:
Monday - Sunday 11:00 - 15:00Please note that the York Animal Home is closed to the public and all visits are by appointment only for potential adopters.

RSPCA York ShopRSPCA YorkCharity ShopGBPMonday to Saturday 9:00am - 4:30pm Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm
5B, Goodramgate, York
Telephone: 01904 466140

RSPCA Acomb ShopRSPCA AcombCharity ShopGBPMonday to Saturday 9:00am - 4:30pm Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm
43 York Road, Acomb
Telephone: 01904 788616

RSPCA Selby ShopRSPCA SelbyCharity ShopGBPMonday to Saturday 9:00am - 4:30pm Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm
3 New Lane, Selby
Telephone: 01757 707100

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