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Volunteers are the very heart, backbone and lifeblood of SAFE. Without you, we cannot carry out our work for animals.

Thanks to capable and committed ‘can-do’ volunteers, SAFE branches grow, ensuring quality of life for more animals.

What does SAFE do?

SAFE (Saving Animals from Euthanasia) is WA's largest animal rescue and rehoming organisation using the foster care model. Founded in the Pilbara in 2003, SAFE’s network is made up of the following branches: SAFE Albany, SAFE Avon Valley, SAFE Broome, SAFE Bunbury, SAFE Busselton, SAFE Carnarvon, SAFE Esperance, SAFE Goldfields, SAFE Hedland, SAFE Karratha, SAFE Metro and SAFE Newman. SAFE operates on an innovative, low-cost foster care model, sourcing temporary care for abandoned and relinquished animals through community volunteers. Adoption is facilitated via active marketing campaigns, thus avoiding euthanasia for healthy and rehomable animals. We work collaboratively with local government and vets to check, treat and desex animals in our care. Animals are regularly air-freighted from SAFE’s regional branches to be fostered and adopted in Perth or other parts of the country. It is SAFE’s goal to establish branches wherever they are needed in WA and nationally, providing an alternative to shelter based caged-care. SAFE’s vision is an end to pet over-population, zero euthanasia of rehomable pets and a good quality of life for all companion animals. SAFE’s lifesaving work depends on a volunteer team of coordinators, foster carers, event organisers, administrators as well as online coordinators who can carry out vital tasks remotely, from anywhere in the country. For a comprehensive list of volunteer roles – see next heading.

What kind of volunteer roles are available?


“Of all the highs and lows life has presented over the last few years, one thing remains constant – the joy, love and sense of purpose
being a foster carer has given me.” 
 - J. Fisher, Foster Carer.

Becoming a foster carer is a very practical way to help an animal in need. If you are a caring person with a secure property, why not open your home to a cat or dog for short or long term foster care or even for a one-off occasion. Most foster animals thrive in a home environment. Even the best animal shelters are simply not like a home. SAFE provides ongoing support while an animal is in your care and you can be part of the adoption placement process for your foster pet.


If you have a specific area of professional expertise in areas such as marketing, public relations, governance, OH&S, information technology, grant writing, organisational development, partnerships, compliance, the law or finance, consider supporting us for one-off projects or at Board or Committee level. Being a SAFE volunteer can be a hugely meaningful and rewarding experience, wherever you are based. Several of our professional volunteers are located in other states and work remotely for the benefit of all SAFE branches.


Many of these vital roles can be undertaken remotely from anywhere in the country, enabling SAFE branches to carry out their lifesaving work.

- Foster Care Coordinator
- Adoption Coordinator
- Post Adoption Support
- Animal profile writers and photographers
- Administration
- Branch Coordinator
- Management Committee
- Media and Marketing
- Fundraising and events
- Web Team and IT Support
- Grant writing
- Transport and Crate Collection


- Legal and Governance
- Communications and Marketing
- Organisational Development
- Partnerships
- OH&S
- Change Management
- Finance
- Supporting Volunteers

What is the time commitment?

It depends on the role and how much time you can regularly commit. Our aim is to help you find purpose and meaning in your volunteer work – then both you and the animals will reap the rewards.

What are the rewards?

- The satisfaction of knowing you are helping to ensure quality of life for homeless pets
- Purpose, meaning, new skills and recognition
- A sense of belonging, social connection
- Making positive change in your community and further afield
- Sharing your expertise for the benefit of animals

How do I become a SAFE volunteer? [Find our Volunteer Enquiry Form here]

- Contact your nearest SAFE Branch or SAFE HQ - check our Contact Us page for details.





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