When we think of helping animals, we more often think of adoption or donations of money. However, there’s actually a more direct way of offering your help, and that is to head on down to an animal shelter and volunteer your services in person.

There are many things you can to do to help, from physical grunt work like cleaning and grooming to educating the public, and even photography and social media management. Most places could do with whatever help they can get, so this weekend, why not spend it productively by making the lives of these homeless animals better!

Mutts and Mittens

Mutts and Mittens sustains its activities through its boarding wing, with the money made going towards maintaining the kennels and feeding the rescued cats and dogs in Singapore.

This new year, why not show some love to these deserving furries until they find their forever home? Mutts and Mittens, 59 Sungei Tengah Road, The Animal Lodge, Block B, #01-03/04, Singapore 699014

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)

The SPCA receives on average around 400 unwanted pets and stray animals a month, which is ridiculously high, so if you can help, contact them or check their website for volunteer positions. SPCA, 31, Mount Vernon Road, Singapore 368054

Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES)

ACRES’ focuses on tackling the wildlife trade, rescue and rehabilitation, community outreach and also education and raising awareness about animal welfare. You can volunteer to be on a rescue mission to save wild animals, or look after daily tasks to ensure that the rescued animals are happy and healthy.

From birds and monkeys, to sugar gliders and snakes, ACRES hopes to help all wildlife in need. Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES), 91 Jln Lekar, Singapore 698917.

Cat Welfare Society

Cat lovers are well aware of this local charity for their efforts in promoting humane, responsible and informed actions towards domestic and community felines through various campaigns, classes and workshops. Cat Welfare Society has always been run by a team of volunteers who dedicate much of their free time outside of their professional work to manage the society. 

They are always on the lookout for more volunteers, so if you have something to offer, get involved and join the fight for a better future for these often misunderstood felines. Cat Welfare Society, Orchard Road P.O. Box 65, Singapore 912303

Love Kuching Project

This community-based cat rescue group’s main focus is on rehabilitating stray cats who are injured or critically ill.

Besides vet care, they also believe in holistic care through the use of supplements, essential oils and creating a positive and comfortable environment so the cats in their care are less stressed. While volunteer timings are flexible, we suggest you contact them to confirm your slots. Love Kuching Project, 216 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427483

Save Our Street Dogs (SOSD)

Established by a group of animal lovers, feeders and rescuers, SOSD rescues, sterilises and re-homes stray dogs in Singapore. The non-profit animal charity also makes an effort to educate the public about them and advocate against the culling of these homeless pups.

You can help SOSD by fostering or adopting the dogs under their care, sponsoring one or volunteering at the centre if you can’t keep a pet in your home. Every kind action, however small can make a difference. Save Our Street Dogs, 59 Sungei Tengah Road, Block T, Unit 01-42 Singapore 699014.

Action for Singapore Dogs (ASD)

Giving stray and abandoned dogs a second chance at life, ASD is  always looking out for volunteers to help out in various activities and tasks like dog walking, cleaning their living areas, grooming and simply showing these poor pooches some love and kindness.

Volunteers report for duty at ASD adoption and rescue centres every Saturday from 11.30am to 2pm. Action For Singapore Dogs, 80 Lim Chu Kang Lane 1, Singapore 718911.

Oasis Second Chance Animal Shelter (OSCAS)

OSCAS is a charity and non-profit dog shelter located in Pasir Ris, and all the dogs at the shelter are mongrels rescued from the streets or from being culled.

The shelter is almost entirely managed by volunteers, and they welcome new volunteers to join their fight to save as many of these pups as possible. Oasis Second Chance Animal Shelter (OSCAS), The Animal Lodge, 59 Sungei Tengah Rd, Block R, #01-33, Singapore 699014.

Causes for Animals Singapore (CAS)

This animal welfare charity was set up to support homeless and unwanted animals in Singapore. They work with government organisations to promote more humane and effective solutions for the management of strays instead of simply trapping and culling them.

There is always space for volunteers to help out with donation drives and other events, adoption assistants, general upkeep of the centre and also dog-walking. Contact Causes for Animals Singapore (CAS) to find out more.

Animal Lovers League

A registered no-kill shelter, Animal Lovers League is one of the largest and longest running animal welfare groups here in Singapore. They’ve rescued hundreds of cats and dogs and need the support of the public to keep the charity running.

They are always looking for volunteers who can commit on a long-term basis, especially on weekdays. Animal Lovers League, The Animal Lodge, 59 Sungei Tengah Road, Block Q #01-29, Singapore 699014

House Rabbit Society Singapore (HRSS)

Did you know that every year, hundreds of rabbits are abandoned at void decks, parks and shelters here in Singapore?

At HRSS, volunteers help educate people about the responsibilities of owning a pet rabbit through fostering, giving school talks and guidance counselling about rabbit care, helping out with communications at HRSS, and fundraisers. To find out more contact House Rabbit Society of Singapore.