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Volunteer Development Scotland Ltd. (also known as Volunteer Scotland).
Charity registered in Scotland SC013740 and a company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland, No. SC106743. Our registered Office is Jubilee House, Forthside Way, Stirling. FK8 1QZ

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Virtual Home Assessor

Our Virtual Home Assessors play a vital role in delivery of our service by interviewing potential volunteer pet foster carers to assess their house, home situation and the fosterer.
All of our home assessments are currently carried out either by telephone interview only (for cats,birds and small animals) or by video call (Zoom/WhatsApp) for dogs.
You can choose to be involved in one or both of the methods available.
You will be contacted by the Home Assessment Coordinator when a new applicant becomes available.
Main tasks include; contacting the potential fosterer by telephone/email/text to arrange a suitable date and time for the home assessment to take place. Once confirmed to carry out the assessment by either telephone or video.
A home assessment form will be provided to you for completion during the call which covers the criterias required by PFSS for the potential fosterer to be accepted. Once completed this form is then to be uploaded onto our database via our website volunteer team page.

Experience required

Willing to travel by car/public transport to home visits; Be comfortable visiting potential foster carers in their homes; Experience of pet ownership; pleasant telephone manner, professional on home visit.

Travel details

This opportunity is home based with travel to other local locations to carry out home visits. Travel can be by public transport or car and travel expenses will be provided.

Travel expenses

Public transport costs reimbursed on production of tickets purchased.
Mileage paid at 45p/mile.

Training details

Handbook for the role, induction and informal training either face to face or over the phone when starting in role. Ongoing support provided and informal update training as required.


Minimum age: 18
Minimum age due to level of responsibility and lone working.

Frequency & commitment
No minimum commitment ? the volunteer will be contacted when a home visit is required in their local area which they can either agree to do or turn down dependant on other commitments.