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Getting Involved

Want to help us?

If you’d like to do something for Nottinghamshire’s sick, injured and vulnerable animals and birds, why not support the Animal Accident Rescue Unit? We’re like-minded people doing something positive, life-saving and life-changing for the county’s animals.

We’re always looking for volunteers. Depending on your time and your interests, there’s a ‘you-shaped niche’ in our charity! Not all of the roles are hands-on with the rescued creatures we deal with. There’s fund raising, campaigning, team involvement and administration. You could develop your strengths and gain extra skills within the charity.

Training for the specific roles and encouragement are always available.

Unlike other  animal welfare organisations, we do not have a central base, kennels or a cattery.  All of our volunteers conduct their roles from their own homes.  All our rescued animals are looked after by fosterers who care for the animals in their own homes.

  • Please note that we’re unable to offer paid employment, school holiday, work experience, on- site learning experience, a career in animal welfare or placements for award schemes. 

But you may choose to be there to care for the animal or bird:

  • As a driver to collect  and take it to the vet
  • Looking after a dog or cat in your home as it starts on the road to recovery
  • Transporting the fostered animal for check-up appointments
  • Nurturing vulnerable wildlife and birds.

And, of course,  we always need donations.  There are vets’ bills to pay and the costs of supporting the animals and birds in our care. It costs thousands of pounds every year to maintain our service and to meet the increasing demands on our resources.  We welcome new members, to support and safeguard our work into the future.

We have needs in the following areas:

  • Drivers
  • Phone operators
  • Fostering
  • Fundraising
  • Admin

If you would like to help us, please send us your details in an

 e-mail to

Write to us at PO Box 5414, Burton Joyce, Nottingham NG14 5DT. 

Please include your phone number and one of our volunteers will contact you.

Other ways to get involved

You may have some spare time and wish to become an active volunteer. Please email us at  and we’ll talk to you about the different roles. Training and advice will be given, together with on-going support from our experienced volunteers.

Our volunteers work from home. We have no central base or kennels.

The organisation of the charity is split into four main areas: drivers and telephone operators, fosterers, fundraising and admin.

All drivers and phone-operators are contacted on a weekly basis and will be asked what shift they can offer emergency cover for.  The charity aims to provide a service, Monday to Sunday, from:

  • 9am-12 noon
  • 12 noon – 3pm
  • 3pm – 7pm
  • 7pm – 11pm

You are under no obligation at all, so do not worry if you are not available every week.

Telephone operators

These are ordinary people who have a telephone at home and agree to be on duty on a shift of their choice, as listed above. When a call is received through our Emergency Life Line Number (0115 9321 555), the answering machine linked to that phoneline gives out the pre-recorded phone number of the telephone operator on duty at that time. The phone-op works in tandem with an emergency driver, also based at home, and a veterinary surgeon. The telephone operator’s main duties are to pass on information to assist callers and to deal with emergency calls for sick, injured or vulnerable animals and birds.


All of our drivers are ordinary people with no special veterinary training. Drivers use their own vehicles and are on duty, at home, in case an emergency call is taken by the telephone operator.  The driver will then collect the animal and take it to the nearest veterinary surgery.

We also need car-owner drivers to take our fostered animals to the vets for non-emergency, repeat and routine appointments, at times to suit the driver and the fosterer.


On release from the vet,  the animal needs care in a temporary safe home. To ensure this, we don’t have kennels or a cattery or pens or cages.  We look after the animals in our own homes until either the owner comes forward or a new home can be found. You’ll be given all the support and information you need to care for the animal- most of it is common sense and experience you may have picked up caring for your own pets.    If you have knowledge of looking after birds and wildlife casualties, we would be particularly pleased to hear from you.

Our email address is


Help raise the monies urgently required to continue the charity’s role. Please join us on our fundraising stalls in shops and supermarkets or on our street collections or you could  organise your own events, anything from jumble sales to sponsored parachute jumps.

Our Expense Policy.

Charity Number:-  701405              VAT Registration No.: – 916 3066 34