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Volunteers are essential to helping create a kinder Aotearoa for animals. There are so many ways that you can get involved with our work to help animals.

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Register as a volunteer to receive our monthly volunteer newsletter and discover the many ways in which you can help SAFE to help animals. Whether you’re an outgoing people-person or a behind-the-scenes person, we would love to welcome you to the team.

SAFE has volunteer groups in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, where you can get involved in local events and actions. For those outside of our three main centres, there are still plenty of ways in which you can help.

Whether you’re 18 or 80, can do a little or a lot, we would love to hear from you!

SAFE Volunteer FAQs

If you live in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch and would like to represent SAFE publicly at expos and public events, get in touch with our volunteer coordinator Michelle to book your induction:

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For volunteers in areas with no local SAFE group, you can still remain involved through our National Volunteers Facebook Group and SAFE’s Online Action Team SAAN.

For public-facing actions, such as stalls and demonstrations, we welcome volunteers over the age of 15 (with parent or guardian’s consent). Our younger volunteers will be invited to join SAFE Animal Squad, aimed at ages 8 to 14 years.

That’s okay. Even if you can only spare a couple of minutes a week to complete an online action, we would still love to have you on board. Join SAFE’s online action team, and you’ll receive notifications on quick, easy online actions you can do to help animals.

You can also support SAFE by making a donation.

No matter where you live, you can take part in important online actions with the click of a mouse, share and sign petitions and even write to your MP.

For those with a flair for fundraising, visit our fundraising tips page for fun ideas on how you can help raise much needed funds for animals.

If you live in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch and would like to join our public events team, you will need to undergo training, which will allow you to represent SAFE at expos and public events. Contact your local coordinator to arrange a training session or find out more.


No, we can’t. Ultimately, animals being purpose-bred as products to be killed is not something SAFE supports. Free range animals still suffer. Many undergo painful procedures like debeaking or tail docking, are often separated from their mothers or families, are transported to slaughter houses on scary and crowded trucks and are killed at a fraction of their natural lifespan. The old saying “nothing humane happens in a slaughterhouse” is always true, even for free range.

SAFE is New Zealand’s leading animal rights organisation and therefore all SAFE events are vegan. While some types of public-facing volunteer jobs are better suited to volunteers who are vegan (such as helping on stalls at Vegan Expos) SAFE offers a welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone willing to volunteer.

If you have a burning question that we haven’t answered above, simply email SAFE’s Volunteer Coordinator Michelle.


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SAFE's Volunteer handbook

You’ve made a great decision in deciding to give the gift of time to help animals – Thank you!

We hope to provide you with the resources, information and motivation to get out there and advocate for animals. But first, there are some things you need to know.


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Register as a volunteer to receive the monthly SAFE volunteer newsletter, join our online action team and find out about the ways in which you can help.

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