Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has announced that its Volunteering and Fostering Programme has achieved the Investing in Volunteers (IiV) accreditation.
The animal charity has been recognised as a leading organisation that is committed to training and investing in its volunteers across its three centres.
Battersea has over 1,200 volunteers and foster carers who lend their support in over 40 roles, from directly caring for its homeless dogs and cats, to offering support at fundraising events such as Battersea’s Muddy Dog Challenge and advice at responsible pet ownership events.
Battersea’s chief executive, Claire Horton, said: “Being awarded Investing in Volunteers (IiV) status is a wonderful recognition of the hard work our volunteers ceaselessly commit to the thousands of unwanted animals in our care.
“They are an integral part of the Battersea family and we couldn’t achieve all that we do without their incredible dedication and tireless efforts, every single day of the year across our three centres and in the community.”
Battersea’s head of volunteering and fostering, Charlotte Fielder, said: “This well-deserved accreditation honours the contribution made by our volunteers and foster carers who generously give their time and talents to help give our dogs and cats a second chance in life.
“Battersea is always looking for volunteers to support our work in many different ways and we hope that the IiV accreditation will encourage even more to give up their time for our cause, knowing just how valued they will be.”