Volunteer dog walkers are needed nationwide and beyond. You could volunteer with a local shelter, as exercising shelter dogs keeps them happy and fit, and more likely to be adopted. Or you could sign up with one of the following charities, all of whom need lots more volunteers to help walk dogs of people who can’t walk dogs themselves.
It’s also worth noting that these volunteers often don’t walk dogs. They can perform other services like changing cat litter, cleaning out cages etc, just ask and see what’s offered. Often people adopt dogs and then become ill or get older, or perhaps are disabled. Being a volunteer dog walker means the dog can stay at home, and get walks too. Also most offer pet taxi trips to the vet, and some also foster, if the guardian has to go into hospital. See how to find good dog walks, for safe dog walking trips and following the Countryside Code. You can sign up at:
- Cinnamon Trust has volunteers nationwide. As the main charity, many recipients call for help, so they are always needing volunteers. Most in need of help must be over 65. It also has a list of pet-friendly nursing homes and can arrange adoption if arranged in advanced, for terminally ill guardians.
- PAPAS is the other dog-walking charity. It has no age limit, so if you are disabled/ill and under 65, you could apply here for help.
- Blue Cross is a national charity that always need volunteers to walk shelter dogs.
- Royal Voluntary Service helps elderly people in all kinds of ways, including walking dogs. Also check local care volunteer agencies, as many also walk dogs.
- The Light of the World Trust (South East and Midlands) is a Christian organisation that offers help.