I ventured out of my comfort zone in search of a volunteer opportunity that would allow me to help stray dogs and make a positive difference in the world. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I was about to find the rare jewels of all experiences, but I did! Rescue P.A.W.S. has not only changed my life but made me a better human. From the people you meet to dogs that you help; each and every one of these facets has provided me with invaluable knowledge and experience.
My first volunteer experience at Rescue P.A.W.S. brought me into the reality of the street dog population, which I’m ashamed to admit, I did not know much about. On my first day, I met a special dog who was very sick; with regular wound care, hand feeding and hydrotherapy, all activities which I played a part in, his last couple of months were comfortable and happy.
All volunteers have access to Rescue P.A.W.S. amazing vets Dr Aye and Dr Peace, as well as their dedicated vet nurse Ghet, all of whom I deeply respect and love dearly. The knowledge they provide and the on-hand experiences they guide you through is such a valuable learning curve for any vet student. Whether Dr Aye is quizzing you on estimating dog weights by just looking at them or Dr Peace monitoring you while you administer proper wound care/injections, the experience any volunteer receives here will be beneficial to a career in animal welfare.
I am a returning volunteer because of how much I love helping dogs, spending time with the amazing people at Rescue P.A.W.S. whom I consider family and the wealth of knowledge and experience I gain.
Whilst this is a volunteer experience that is dedicated to improving the life of stray dogs in Hua Hin through sterilisation, vaccination, parasite treatment, rehabilitation and community education, it also gives you the chance to meet some of the most amazing people from all over the world. The team are the kindest and most supportive group of people in the world and all volunteers are welcome, taken care of and will have the greatest time of their life at Rescue P.A.W.S.