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Domestic Animal Adoption & Rescue Program

Project Information

Due to the culture in Latin America in general, animals are generally not looked upon as integral members of the family as they are in more developed countries. Unfortunately, this plays a large role in animals being neglected or abandoned in the streets or rural areas. This increases the chances of injury, abandonment, abuse, or illness. The chances of injury, abandonment, abuse, or illness are therefore very high. Some of the goals of this project are to control the stray animal population through spaying and neutering, rescue and place in forever homes animals that have been abused or abandoned, and educate the residents, especially children, on the proper care of domestic animals.The goal of this project is to improve the welfare of dogs and cats in the area through rescue efforts, spay/neuter and vaccination clinics, and education. In Costa Rica, there is a high demand for volunteer assistance in a range of animal welfare. In this project participants are exposed to dog and cat shelters, veterinary clinics, and our own animal care project. Ultimately participants are placed where their help is most needed.

Participants help with the rescue/rehabilitation of animals, finding forever homes for the abandoned, and injured dogs and cats through social media and other forms of campaigns the program puts on as well as adoption Saturdays. participants will help give general care for the animals in the shelter. They will help to find foster homes. participants will also may help with low-cost spay/neuter treatments, and vaccination clinics for the pets of low-income families. Educating children and families about animal care and welfare is also a critical aspect. participants are expected to maintain a professional attitude and help with whatever task (cleaning, feeding, playing, walking, giving medications, etc..) as needed.

Additional Information

A strong desire to learn under a trained veterinarian and professionalism at all times.

Skills & Qualifications

In decent physical condition and able to work in rustic conditions. Able to work with both dogs and cats.



Volunteer's Role

Where will WE stay?

Participants have the option to either stay with well-screened host families or at our headquarters depending mainly on availability and preference. Should participants have a preference, they should let our in-country coordinator know as soon as possible-in their application. We try to accommodate preferences. Host Families are well-screened and offer participants a shared bathroom, private bedroom, electricity, and running water.Headquarters housing offers participants shared bathrooms, hostel-style bedrooms, electricity, running water, and WiF.Participants receive three light traditional meals per day at either accommodations.

What will we eat?

Participants will be given 3 meals per day. Keep in mind that food will be typical Costa Rican food, so participants may want to bring snacks like granola or protein bars with them to the project site.

What Will our Schedule Look like?

Participants will work a minimum of 4 hours per day, 5 days per week.

What can we do in our freetime?

Yes! Not only will you be located in a beautiful part of Costa Rica, close to nature, we can also work with your group to schedule planned activities.