In Peru, sadly, thousands of pets are abandoned by their owners every year for various reasons. The fact that most of them are cross or mixed breed, and therefore of no commercial value, is the main reason why they’re left alone on the street to either survive or die. The luckier of these animals end up in a refuge or family shelter, where they wait to be adopted.
Two small associations in Trujillo were really concerned about the situation and got together to form a cooperative aimed at minimizing this awful situation by opening a small dog refuge centre. They look after abandoned and sick dogs found on the streets, they also have a sterilization campaign in place to decrease the number of homeless pets.
The refuge centre is in a shanty town just outside of Huanchaco and can accommodate up to 40 dogs. The centre is run by a volunteer, who lives on site but it is a lot of work to look after so many dogs, so volunteers are always needed to help with the workload. If you have any specials skills (veterinary skills) or experience (previous work in an Animal Refuge or similar), better still, but this is not necessary, all they need is someone with a genuine interest in and love for animals and a strong willingness to help. Make a difference for these poor creatures marauding about the streets, ill and starving. They sure will appreciate it!
Volunteer Roles/Working Hours
The main task of volunteers is helping protect the good health and well being of the abandoned dogs while trying to find them a new home if possible. Work at the Dog Shelter includes a combination of:
- Helping with the maintenance of the facility: i.e. cooking, feeding, and cleaning up.
- Taking the dogs out for walks.
- Rescuing abandoned dogs at risk.
- Generally speaking, the centre is open everyday. However, volunteers work at dog’s refuge centre from Monday to Friday, from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Three days per week.
- Working with Abandoned animals part-time can potentially be combined with another project role.
- Minimum age 16.
- No Spanish required, but some basic is useful for communication with the people who look after the animals. We can arrange Spanish classes for you to start on arrival.
- Minimum commitment: 1 weeks- the longer, the better.
- Volunteers must be animal loving! Volunteers must be adaptable and also flexible to work with limited resources.
- Relevant academic & professional background (veterinarian, etc) would be an advantage, but not expected or essential.