Greater Manchester

£19,000 - £19,513 per year

Permanent, Full-time


About the organisation

Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, has an income of over £90 million. The Trust, which cares for around 15,0... Read more

Job Description

Dogs Trust Freedom Project is a pet fostering service for people fleeing domestic abuse. However, the majority of our referrals come from women fleeing domestic abuse via women-only services. The service places dogs into volunteer foster homes on a temporary basis until their owners are able to have them back.

We are seeking a confident and well-organised individual who is passionate about helping animals and people. As Freedom Project Assistant, you will support the evaluation and matching of dog referrals received from our stakeholder referral agencies. You will also assess the suitability of volunteer foster carers for the dogs by carrying out home checks & interviews, and update clients on their pet’s progress.

You must be experienced and competent in assessing and handling a wide range of dogs in a working environment such as an animal charity or rescue/rehoming centre and have experience in giving dog welfare advice to owners and handlers, with an understanding of positive reinforcement techniques.

A large part of this role involves driving a small van and transporting dogs across the North of England on a daily basis, so candidates should have a full, clean, manual UK driving license and experience of driving as part of a previous role. Some transporting of other pets such as cats, small furries (rabbits, hamsters etc.), birds and exotics may be required. An understanding of the problems faced by people fleeing domestic abuse with pets is expected as is a motivation to help and support vulnerable pet owners.

This is a full-time permanent post at 35 hours per week, Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm (candidates will be required to undertake occasional out of hours working to support the needs of the service).

Due to the nature of this role, this post is for women only and is exempt under Schedule 9 of the Equality Act 2010

Closing date: 29th April 2019.