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We are a no-kill dog shelter located in an Austro-Hungarian fort in Pula, Croatia. At any one time, we have between 60-80 dogs at our facilities. Our core team of volunteers is very small and we would be delighted to welcome more hardworking dog lovers aboard.
This is not for people who just want to visit Croatia or go to the beach, but for people who are passionate about and dedicated to help abandoned dogs.
Our mission is to rescue stray dogs and to rehome them, making sure that they have the best treatment while in the shelter. We pioneer and provide the highest standards of welfare for the dogs in our care.
If your idea of paradise is to be surrounded by dogs and make a difference in the world, then look no further!
Please be so kind and don't write us if you are drug/alcohol addict.
Make sure to have health insurance, in case of accidents we won't be able to pay your bill.
Volunteering in our shelter is a great way to meet like-minded people who share a passion for animal welfare.
You will also be able to make a difference to the lives of the animals in our care, feel valued and part of a team.
Volunteering with us can be a way of gaining new skills, knowledge and experience, developing existing skills and knowledge, enhancing a CV.. It all depends of how much you are willing to engage.
Pula itself, located at the southern tip of the Istrian peninsula, is a popular tourist destination, with a colourful history dating back to Roman times, and sweeping views of the glorious Adriatic Sea.
We are looking for animal lovers to assist with the every day care of our dogs and cats, as well as larger cleaning projects that we undertake in the effort to make the old fort as comfortable and safe a place as possible.
Every day care includes mostly cleaning of the boxes (arranging/changing bedding, picking up faeces, washing the floors and changing water), feeding, walking the dogs and cleaning of common areas. It is very important that you are a responsible person who is willing to follow the rules of the shelter strictly, as these have been put in place for the safety of our dogs and volunteers.
We would appreciate flexibility in hours, you won't be asked to help more than 5 hours but rather to do some cleaning in the morning and then help again in the evening.
Please be aware that this is a dirty job, it involves a lot of poop, pee, hair, vomit, mud and some blood = dog shelter! :D
We provide working clothes, gloves and all the tools.
Feel free to introduce us to a fundraising initiative or to organize one, help with photography and videos, social media, art projects (lots of white walls..).
We can offer a small mobile home complete with a double bed, a kitchen and a chemical toilet. We also have a bigger mobile home with two bedrooms, both with a double bed. However, this does not come equipped with a kitchen. In addition, there is a regular toilet and shower within the fort, as well as a shower in a separate building (our quarantine). The mobile homes are placed on the grounds of the fort, so please be aware that there will be noise from the dogs throughout the day.
Regarding eating arrangements, we have a combined living room and kitchen within the fort. Meals are provided but you have to prepare them yourself, although you are, of course, very welcome to join our regular volunteers when they cook. However, due to the busy summer season and our personal and professional lives, we cannot guarantee this daily. For any further provisions you may require, there is a mini market 2,5 km away from the shelter which can cater to your needs.
Volunteers will be able to spend their spare time exploring the picturesque nature that abounds in the environs of Pula. During the summer there is a wealth of outing opportunities, ranging from swimming to hiking, and everything inbetween. If you are more interested in history however, you’ve come to the right place! Pula’s history reaches from Ancient Rome to the present day, and you will be able to find significant buildings, museums and sights from all its different eras.
Our volunteers and donors come from various countries, and even our locals are from different parts of Croatia, so if you’re interested in meeting people from diverse locations and backgrounds, we can certainly provide!
Our shelter is inside and on the grounds of an old Austro-Hungarian fort, situated approximately 7 kms away from Pula. There is a city bus from the center to us, but as the stop is 1.5km away from the shelter, you will need to walk the rest of the way. The bus drives once every hour on weekdays (beginning at 05:20 and ending at 20:15), and even more rarely on weekends (starting at 07:20 with the last bus at 19:20). We have bicycles which you are welcome to use at all times. It may be possible to ride to the city with one of our volunteers that has a car, but naturally we cannot guarantee this, as it depends on the situation.
Please also consider that this is a very old fort, at some distance from the city center and there are few things of interest in the surrounding area. You will be surrounded by 60+ dogs, there is a light which is on all night and security cameras at the entrance. There is one more thing to keep in mind: we have rats in the fort, and they will usually be more active at night. We are all used to the status quo, but if you are frightened of them, this could prove to be a problem.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask! :)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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