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Lort Smith is fortunate to have the support of over 400 amazing volunteers who come from every possible background and share a love of animals and a desire to help.

We offer a range of rewarding volunteer opportunities. If you have a few spare hours a week, love of animals and want to support your local community, Lort Smith might be the place for you!

Please be aware that volunteering at Lort Smith is very popular and we recruit based on the need of the organisation. If you are interested in a specific role that we are not currently recruiting for, you will need to wait until places become available.

Please note that all prospective volunteers are required to be a minimum of 18-years-old, attend an information session at Lort Smith, have an interview and undergo a Police Check.

Visit our Current Vacancies to find out which roles we are currently recruiting for.

The Volunteer roles we offer at Lort Smith include:

Lort Smith Pet Therapy

Lort Smith Pet Therapy (previously known as PALS) has been running for over 25 years and is a free community service provided by Lort Smith.

The program coordinates visits to hospitals, aged care facilities, disability services and other centres by volunteers accompanied by their own assessed and approved dogs.  The program's aim is to improve the wellbeing of patients/residents through positive contact with visiting volunteers and their dogs. 

Find out more about our Pet Therapy program

Onsite volunteering

The onsite volunteers at Lort Smith work in our Adoption Centre and in the hospital’s laundry.  This is a hugely popular volunteering role.

The Adoption Centre looks after all the animals we are looking to rehome – including cats, dogs, guinea pigs and rabbits.  Our volunteers help staff to keep the animal enclosures clean, the animals fed and watered and most importantly, they spend time providing the animals with enrichment and socialization so they become ever more ready to find a new home.

Find out more about volunteering onsite at Lort Smith.

Foster Carers

Volunteer Foster Carers take on the responsibility for general care and socialisation of dogs and cats in their own homes until they are ready to be adopted. This usually includes bringing the animals to the hospital for a weekly health check. Lort Smith provides food, bedding, litter trays, bowls and toys for all cats and dogs, plus unlimited advice, support and veterinary care.

All new foster carers are required to have a home visit by a Lort Smith Adoption Centre staff member before commencing fostering to ensure their home environment is suitable. To view the FAQs on being a Foster Carer, click here.

Administration/office support

We often require office support in various departments. This can be either a regular administrative role or a short term position supporting our permanent office staff during peak times. Volunteers are required to have some administrative and computer skills.

Work Experience

Vet student clinical placements

Lort Smith provides 2-3 week clinical placements for vet students undertaking a veterinary science course. For more information, click here.

High school work experience

Lort Smith will not be conducting an intake for work experience students in 2019.



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