Volunteer's FAQs

Is training provided for volunteers?

If you’re in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch you’ll be invited to a New Volunteer’s Induction. Ongoing training is provided for volunteers involved with public-facing actions in these areas.

For volunteers in other areas, please keep an eye on the National Volunteers Facebook Group for tips, information and support.

What if there is no SAFE group in my area?

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

How old do I have to be to volunteer for SAFE?

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 8-14yrs.

What if I have very limited time?

That’s OK. 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.

You can also support SAFE by making a donation.

What do SAFE volunteers usually do?

All sorts! Everything from protests to office administration. Volunteers around the country collect petition signatures, staff stalls at local expos and markets, participate in beach clean-ups, run fundraising bake sales and potlucks, host movie screenings and events and even phone their local MPs. It depends on where in NZ you live, how much time you have and what you like doing as to how you can best help animals by volunteering with SAFE.

Does SAFE promote free range?

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 slaughterhouses 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.

Do I have to be vegetarian/vegan to volunteer for SAFE?

SAFE is an animal rights organisation and therefore all SAFE events are vegan.  However, we enjoy having all sorts of volunteers, all on the same team to help animals. 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 National Volunteer Coordinator Laura, on [email protected]