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How to volunteer as a Be-a-friend team with your dog

We are looking for engaging dogs with compassionate owners to join our Be-a-friend Service in Pembrokeshire.


  • Does your dog enjoy meeting new people in a calm and engaging manner?

  • Do you have a positive bond with your dog, and can you advocate for their welfare?

  • Do you enjoy meeting new people and can demonstrate care and compassion?

  • Have you the time to volunteer with your dog at least once a month and do you have your own transport?


​Qualities we look for in a volunteer -


  • Like being around people and dogs

  • Are kind and thoughtful to people and dogs

  • Are good listeners

  • Respect others point of view and tolerant of different views

  • See the person not the disability

  • Well-mannered and polite

  • Interested in the people they support

  • Are patient with people

  • Compassionate and sensitive

  • A desire to have a positive impact on others

  • Passionate about making a positive difference


​What we look for in the dog -


  • A dog that demonstrates their consent to engage with new people in new environments

  • A dog that has a calm and friendly temperament

  • A dog that is respectful when meeting others, i.e. paws on the floor, loose lead walking and awareness of personal space

  • A dog that will engage naturally without the need for treats, tricks, or training

  • A dog that is fit and healthy

  • A dog over the aged of 18 months and a breed that is naturally engaging with people


How to apply


Please send an email to Leasa at and provide the following information:


  1. ​Tell us why you think your dog is suitable for the role?

  2. Tell us about yourself? (Work experience, skills, interests relevant to a volunteering role)

  3. Tell us about your bond/your relationship with your dog?

  4. What availability do you have to visit?

  5. Please up-load a photo of your dog


What happens after I apply?

We will shortlist candidates who will be invited to an online informal chat to discuss the role further. Following this an invite to an in-person (owner and dog) assessment may be offered. 


​What happens if I am successful?

You will receive a comprehensive onboarding programme (in-person and online) which includes an Enhanced DBS and reference check with ongoing support from the Project Co-ordinator. Clothing, ID, and Volunteer Handbook will also be provided. 

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