Thank you for your interest in volunteering for AAPS

Our volunteer team is one of the biggest assets to our shelter and provides essential assistance in caring for the animals the shelter houses. Without volunteers, our shelter could not continue to save the thousands of animals we do every year. Volunteering is a rewarding experience and our animals are the ones who reap the benefits of our volunteer community’s generosity.

To volunteer, you need to be:

  • Over 18 years old

Current Volunteer opportunities


As the warmer months are approching the AAPS are gearing up for lots of events over the coming months. We’re looking for volunteers to help celebrate the AAPS and promote the amazing work we do here at the shelter – most of the events will be on weekends, so flexability around weekends is must. If you’re not in the position to volunteer on a weekly roster and want to help out, this is a great opportunity. Some of the jobs invloved would be – directing customers, manning an AAPS stall at a certain event along with staff, setting up and packing down of an event.

Some of the events we have coming up –

AAPS Christmas Market – Sunday 4th December 2022

Dog-A-Thon Sunday 18th December – Chelsea Park


Our grooming department is looking for an assistant on a Wednesday afternoon for roughly 4 hours. Do you love giving dogs a bath, or maybe you’re studding to become a groomer and would like to get some hours. If you would like to join the team, please hit the apply button below.

Every second Wednesday 12.30pm till 4.30pm or full day 9 till 4.30pm

Every Second Saturday 9am till 1pm


Introducing a new program specifically catered to our little shelter friends, Rabbits and Guinea Pigs. We’re looking for volunteers in the afternoon across the 7 days to provide much needed enrichment along with assisting the staff with cleaning and feeding. Ideally, we’re looking for people that have experience or a basic understanding of rabbits and guinea pigs as these are very complex animals. If you have ever wanted to volunteer and have a consistent day you would like to join the team, please apply below.

Across the 7 days – Monday’s through to Sunday’s 1pm till 4pm


Seeking Op Shop assistants for our Moorabbin store. Work with a friendly and enthusiastic team, with all proceeds going directly back to supporting animals in need.


Friday’s – 10am till 3.30pm Shelter Keysborough

Saturday’s – 10am till 1pm Moorabbin

Monday’s – 10am till 12.30pm & 10am till 3.30pm Moorabbin


We have several roles available within our Kennels department, working closely with the dog team, you will provide enrichment for all our fury friends, along with cleaning duties. This role is very rewarding as you will be hands on with the animals in our care. We start you off at entry level and you work your way up with the more energetic breeds. You will be confident with all breeds of dogs and able to take direction well from the kennels team.


Come join the Cattery team and provide much needed enrichment for these fine felines. We currently have a lot of cats on site at the AAPS and we need dedicated volunteers to provide these fury friends with plenty of play and love. Although we’re seeking volunteers to provide mostly enrichment, this role will also be required to assist with cleaning/ dishes at times. If you love cats and have a spare few hours a week, we would love for you to come down and meet all our cats.

How to apply:

Volaby is a platform that Australian Animal Protection Society is using to take their volunteer’s experience to the next level! To get started on your volunteer journey you’ll need to click on the link below and complete the volunteer sign up.

If you’re interested in foster care: