Caring for our dogs at both our 2 shelters; The Sanctuary and The Safe House is just 50% of what we are doing in terms of rescue and care. The other 50% is stray street work (we currently care for 200+ strays daily), community work such as free rabies vaccinations, spay/neuter but also helping locals with their pets in any possible way.
We are just 2 rescuers and it is full-time job for both of us, therefore we need help from animal lovers such as yourself. Volunteering with Happy Dogs Koh Chang most certainly gives you the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of countless animals.
The minimum commitment is 4 weeks, maximum stay is 3 months depending on the VISA you are on and which may be extended depending on availability and sustainability. Volunteers work in the shelters from 8am to 6pm each day, usually in 2 split shifts, each shift lasts for 5 to 6 hours and is usually shared by 2 to 4 people in one. Depending on the number of volunteers you’ll have 1 or 2 days off per week.
Age requirement: From 25 year of age only please
Daily tasks include but are not limited to:
- walking dogs
- feeding dogs twice a day
- taking care of the sick
- nursing puppies
- Bathing and de-ticking, some grooming
- cleaning cages, runs and other areas
- some gardening
- keeping the entire space neat and clean
- socializing and playing with the dogs
Due to the nature of the rescue work no two experiences are ever the same. We try to manage expectations by giving you as much information as possible up front. We find that the vast majority of our volunteers have an amazing and life-changing experience.
You will need to be in good physical condition since working in a hot and humid environment is not for everyone. You should have experience with dog care, at least should have lived with pets and understand how dogs tick.
We expect common sense, willingness to work alone but also in a team, you should be enthusiastic and committed. Extra hours may be requested if we are short of people. Please understand that the work with animals at a rescue can be emotionally draining at times, please be prepared for this.
Volunteering can be a challenging process that involves many unpredictable factors. You may find it emotional and it is for granted that your experience will leave a lasting impression on you. Due to the nature of our work, and after a brief training you’ll be asked to be initiative, not just wait for things to happen.
You won’t be given directions but need to be flexible and try to adapt to the local environment and give a hand where it is needed.
Volunteering with us is most certainly not a holiday, but you will have plenty of free time to relax and to explore the beauties of our awesome island and the national park we are living in. The contribution you are making through the time and money you are committing is making a huge difference to so many lives.
Accommodation and food:
You will be living on or near the shelter grounds, staying in comfortable and modern accommodation sharing with your partner/friend or another single person of the same sex.
Please understand that we rely entirely on donations, so we can’t offer free meals, but you will have free coffee and tea throughout the day, free drinking water and often free fruits as much as you like.
What we provide:
- Clean, modern and convenient accommodation on site or very close by with en-suite baths to each room
- Free water, coffee, tea unlimited, seasonal fruits
- Free shared scooters, a scooter with side car, mountain-bike
- Internet connection – generally available throughout
- Discounts on various island activities, such as trekking, diving, snorkeling
What you will need:
- Passport valid for the duration of your stay
- Visa (on arrival) or obtained prior to your travel if you plan to stay longer than 30 days
- Insurance (covering your placement time and any planned independent travel).
- Transport to Koh Chang
Any additional costs such as trips, snacks, entertainment (allow a few hundred Baht per day depending on lifestyle).
Make sure the usual vaccinations are Up-To-Date, Rabies shot is not necessary; Koh Chang is rabies free since 2004. But we recommend to update your tetanus jab.
What to Bring:
Hat, Sunscreen, Sandals/Flip Flops, Shoes for walking, Towels, Camera, Bug Repellent, Flashlight, Earplugs, Refillable Water Bottle. Rain cloth and boots for rainy season June – October.
We need volunteers all year around
Booking you spot: As early as possible since our spots are very limited.
Final confirm: 10 days prior to you visit. A deposit is required to secure your placement (waived until further notice).
Volunteer Contribution: 1500 Baht per person per week (waived until further notice)