How you can get involved.

Volunteer (adults)

We are completely run by volunteers; come and join the team!

If you are over 18 and can commit to a couple of mornings a week for at least six months then join us for an introductory coffee morning where you can learn about volunteering in the kennel or in the office. Please call us for more information and the date of the next cofee morning.

Volunteer (students)

Learn about what we do and gain service hours.

We are able to offer a limited number of places for students to volunteer at the shelter to gain hours for the Duke of Edinburgh Award or for CAS. This will include learning about what we do, presenting to your peers about responsible dog ownership and dog walking. 

We can also offer limited places for work experience for a week, usually at the end of the summer term. Please contact us for more information and the dates of the next courses.

Dog Walking

Give a dog an outing from the kennels

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 and to adhere to  social distancing rules we have had to put our dog walking program on hold. Please keep an eye out on social media and our website for updates. 

During the cooler months, you can take a K9 dog for a walk. You can collect a dog from us between 10 and 12 in the morning and take it to a dog-friendly location for a walk. When you return, no later than 5pm, we will ask you for comments on how the dog behaved. This gives us valuable information to help us find the dog the right forever home.

Annual Puppy Ball

Join us to celebrate!

Our annual Puppy Ball is a black tie event to celebrate with our supporters. Join us for a drinks reception, a four course dinner and dancing until late. We also have a lots of other entertainment. 

It's a night to celebrate what K9 Friends has achieved throughout the year.

Essential Maintenance

It takes a lot to run the shelter!

Please give us a call if you or your company would like the opportunity to quote for maintenance work.


Provide a dog with a short term home.

If you aren't able to adopt a dog, you may be able to help us by providing a short term foster home. Fostering gives us valuable information on how our dogs react in a home environment and on their personality. It also gives some of our long term resident dogs a break form the kennel. Please contact us for more information.