Our Animal Welfare Volunteer Program is a life-changing opportunity to make a difference in the lives of stray animals in need while soaking up authentic Thai culture in one of Thailand’s must-visit destinations. This is your chance to be part of a program that aims to dramatically improve the lives of animals in Thailand and tackle the issues at the root of the country’s stray animal problem.
CHANGE ANIMALS’ LIVES
MAKE LIFELONG FRIENDS
Volunteers experience a hands-on placement in which they conduct tasks involved with the day-to-day running of our shelter and learn about all aspects of operating an NGO. Volunteers spend their days doing beach or lake walks, conducting bathing and health checks, participating in feeding runs and medical treatments for local packs, and working towards the general cleanliness and upkeep of our facilities – in addition to all the dog and cat cuddles! To top it off, volunteers are immersed in the beauty and culture of Thailand through numerous guided excursions provided as part of their experience.
Animal volunteer opportunities in Thailand are plentiful, but Rescue P.A.W.S. will provide you with unmatched hands-on experience. You will leave Rescue P.A.W.S. feeling accomplished, having experienced both the fun and testing parts of stray animal care in Thailand, having made friends from all over the world, and having become part of our close-knit family! This is an ideal opportunity to gain some international animal welfare experience and a range of new skills to enhance your resume.
What are the program requirements?
Without the help of our volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to keep up with the day-to-day running of our center – they allow our staff time to focus on running the organization while the volunteers provide the animals in our care with all the love, attention, and training they need to prepare for their journeys ahead, whether they are recovering from sterilization treatments or looking to be adopted or fostered. Therefore, our first requirement is that individuals come prepared to learn, work, and wholeheartedly immerse themselves in the program.
Volunteers MUST have rabies vaccinations due to the nature of the work. Your safety and enjoyment is of the utmost importance to us.
We offer an inclusive program that welcomes volunteers from all nationalities and all experience levels. We require only for volunteers to be 18+ years of age (Under 18 would need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian) and to be able to speak English or Thai to allow for easy communication, which is vital to the well-being of our volunteers, staff, and animals.
As a volunteer, what will I be doing?
As a volunteer, you will undergo a host of activities and tasks including (but not limited to):
Fieldwork – Consists of feeding runs in the local area to packs that we have befriended over time. During this time, you will be given the opportunity to learn about stray animal behaviour, help us to maintain their health with necessary treatment supervised by one of our resident vets, and overall, help us on our mission to sterilize as many dogs as possible in the area.
Daily Dog Care – Caring for animals includes many daily tasks. In the mornings, volunteers clean the kennels, feed the dogs and take them for beach or lake walks. Volunteers are encouraged to engage with our dogs in play and build relationships with them for a healthy well-being. All volunteers are expected to maintain high standards of cleaning and animal welfare. Afternoon activities change daily depending on the needs of the animals and can include feeding runs, parasite treatments for local packs, releasing dogs back to their packs, and dog training.
Health Checks and Procedures – Sit in on veterinary procedures and help the vets with basic wound care. Perform weekly bathing and de-ticking sessions to maintain the health of the animals.
Media – Help us promote our organization by taking photos and footage of your days as a Rescue P.A.W.S. volunteer. You will be provided with help and advice to create visually appealing content that will be utilised on our website and social media channels. We also encourage our volunteers to submit blog entries to our blog.
What is included in my volunteer placement?
Accommodation and associated utilities are included in the program price. The volunteer house comes equipped with Wi-Fi, kitchen, and washing machine.
Volunteers also participate in a range of amazing cultural activities including visits to Pranburi Forest Park, a Thai cooking class, and temple meditation with the head monk of the monastery that hosts Rescue P.A.W.S.
What can I do outside of work and on the weekends?
Some must-do activities while in the area include:
– Cicada Market
– Temple visits
– Visiting local beaches (Sai Noi beach is just a minute’s walk away from the volunteer accommodation)
– Spend time at Sanae Beach Club (also a minute’s walk from the volunteer accomodation)
– Walk along Khao Tao lake
– Meditation workshops
– Muay Thai classes
– Hua Hin Artist Village
– Exploring the local fishing village of Khao Tao
– Visiting the Khao Tao Temple lookout and seeing the Golden Buddha
– Khao Takiab
– Organize a workshop or fun activity day with a nearby orphanage
– Mangrove Forest
– National Parks
– Visiting the water park
– Visit Pala-U Waterfall
For additional information, check out our FAQ.