Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the AAPS

Our volunteer team, which currently stands at around 200, 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 would be unable to save the thousands of animals we do yearly. Volunteering is a rewarding experience, and our animals are the ones who reap the benefits of our volunteer community’s generosity. If you have any questions before applying, please feel free to contact Jamie, volunteermanager@aaps.org.au. Please allow up to two weeks for a reply once you have applied for a position.

To volunteer, you need to be:

  • Over 18 years old
  • Be able to commit to a regular shift

Please review the below current positions and hit apply if any of them are of interest. Please allow up to a week before being notified. We’re also a registered not-for-profit organisation with Centrelink for jobseekers.

Current Volunteer opportunities

OP-SHOP ASSISTANT: (Shelter op-shop vacancy)

Love retail, enjoy meeting new people on a daily basis and you absolutely love all things op-shop! Come and join the dedicated team of volunteers servicing our 3 op-shops at the shelter, Keysborough, Moorabbin and Cheltenham. The op-shops are a huge part of what we do at the AAPS, they help provide much needed assistance to our shelter and all the animals in our care on a daily basis! The op-shops can get busy, so you’ll be happy to be on your feet, sorting through donations, stocking shelves and of course, interacting with our loyal customers. You’ll also work very closely with our Op-Shop Manager.

Days available:

Moorabbin Op-Shop – Nothing currently available

Cheltenham Op-Shop – Nothing currently available

Shelter Op-Shop – Nothing currently available


Working closely with the dog team, you will provide enrichment for all our fury friends, along with cleaning duties and topping up items, like food and bedding. This role is very rewarding as you will be hands on with the animals in our care, you must be physically fit as you will be on your feet a lot. People that have experience with dogs of all breeds are encouraged to apply. We’re currently looking for volunteers that would be confident to handle our bigger breed dogs. You will be confident with all breeds of dogs, and you must be able to take direction well from the kennels team. This role requires a minimum 3-month commitment.


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. This role will also be required to assist with cleaning condo’s/ dishes and general stocking of items. If you love cats and have a spare few hour’s a week, we would love for you to come down and meet all our cats on a regular basis. This role can be physically demanding, on your feet for most of the time, with bending to lower parts of the pens. This role will require a minimum 3-month commitment.

How to apply:

Monday.com 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.