Our organization was founded on 2nd October 2005 and is an animal welfare organization, officially registered both in Switzerland and in Kos, Greece. Primarily we are involved with relieving animal suffering on the island of Kos, Greece, through sterilization and education. The stray dogs on Kos are regularly poisoned, run over, and simply thrown out onto the streets. The majority of these dogs are not sterilized and therefore multiply without control. This situation is becoming worse as the economy falls into further decline. A few dogs get rehomed, namely, those which have no chance of survival if left on the streets; however, this is a secondary aim. Our goal is to create change at the root source and influence people's attitude to animals in general.
At our animal shelter, you can see the sea in the distance from the house. Behind, there are lovely mountains with superb walks. This year we are a very small team due to corona. All volunteers get 2 days off during the week. Internet access for emergencies only (due expense) but we pass a café daily with internet access.
What we offer you:
- accommodation and food on site. Due to the nature of our work, we do not have set eating times as we all often have slightly different schedules. There will be a weekly team meeting to discuss what food volunteers require and the kitchen in the flat will be stocked with everything to use at your disposal. At our animal sanctuary, we eat vegetarian food; meat is not allowed on site. We also place great importance on hygiene, which includes keeping the kitchen clean and tidy.
- a chance to discover Greece, and improve conditions for animals on the island of Kos.
Volunteer work consists of helping with cat catching for sterilization, administering medicines under supervision, taking animals to vets, cleaning animals' accommodation, caring for the cats, training the dogs if capable, attending cruelty cases with the head carer, caring for wounded animals, feeding and shampooing the animals. Very varied day on and off-site. There is plenty of time every day for leisure activities, swimming, riding, etc.
A professional environment in which to gain further experience
cleaning dog kennels
cleaning boxes after cat cat catching
feeding the animals
showing visitors around, depending on people skills and linguistic skills (depends on corona situation)
sharing cooking: food is paid for, guests share cooking
sharing the cleaning of the accommodation
Flat share, kitchenette and modern bathroom
We are off-site almost every day, which gives you ample opportunity to buy food etc. There are horse riding stables 10 mins. walk away; the beach is 20 mins. by car and the Asklepieion ancient ruins also 20 mins. by car.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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