RSPCA Cymru is looking for animal lovers who would like to train as a wildlife casualty volunteer and support the vital frontline work of our inspectorate in North Wales

Volunteers are trained to collect and transport sick, injured, or orphaned birds and small mammals and take them to our centres or appropriate veterinary establishments.

To ensure the RSPCA keep their volunteers busy and involved in their work, the charity only recruit where we have the greatest need for help. As part of its spring recruitment drive, the RSPCA is now looking to expand that army in North Wales. In particular we are looking for volunteers to help us in the following areas, Llandudno, Abergele, Rhyl, Prestatyn. Barmouth, Pwllheli, Machynlleth, Llandrindod Wells, Holyhead and Bangor.

So far across England and Wales 150 dedicated volunteers have signed up to give their time helping to collect and transport animals in need of care to vets and approved wildlife centres.

Among the recruits is Paul Smith, who has been volunteering for the past year after completing his training.

He covers a large area of South Wales – mostly in the east – and said he thoroughly enjoys the role. He said: “It is something I’ve always been interested in and it is great fun – I love it.

Manx shearwater rescue Tresaith Sept16 pic3“I was involved transporting some of the Manx Shearwaters back in September to RSPCA West Hatch Wildlife Centre, when hundreds of them became stranded following stormy weather conditions. I remember they were all chirping in the back of the van, it was fantastic.

“The beautiful thing about this job is you never know what you’re going to get! It is very rewarding.”

Wendy Wasels, volunteer development manager at the RSPCA, said: “Our wildlife casualty volunteers play a vital role supporting our Inspectors and officers who are on the frontline and we are now launching our spring recruitment drive.

“These dedicated volunteers are trained to handle, collect and transport certain birds and small mammals to vets and approved wildlife.”

RSPCA chief inspector Leanne Hardy, whose inspectorate group covers the North Wales area, added: “The volunteers play a vital and important role for the RSPCA and make a real difference in helping wildlife in their local areas.

“What’s also important to us inspectors is that they help to reduce the amount of time we spend on driving to collect birds in boxes and allow us to concentrate on case work, complaints, collections and other rescues.

“The volunteers really have made a positive impact on the work of the RSPCA.”

The Wildlife Casualty Volunteer (WCV) pilot programme has been running since March 2016. The 2017 recruitment campaign resulted in 150 new WCVs across most of the RSPCA’s Inspectorate group areas. Although still in its pilot stage, a country-wide roll-out is anticipated for 2018.

To find out more please Watch a short video to get a flavour of the classroom training or visit:

https://www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/volunteer/vacancy

Applicants will need to live in the towns/areas listed above need to and be available for training on Thursday, 17 May at the Upper Colwyn Bay Community Centre, Upper Colwyn Bay. If we get enough interest, an additional training day may also be planned for Friday, 18 May.

Please email volunteersupport@rspca.org.uk for an application form before the training day, letting us know which area you would be interested in covering.

Full details can be found here; https://www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/volunteer/vacancy/details/-/vacancyId/1623/establishmentId/653