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*️️ We'll start choosing volunteers for October from 1st September, please don't apply before that date *️️
We are a no-kill dog shelter located in an Austro-Hungarian fort in Pula, Croatia. At any one time, we have between 50-80 dogs at our facilities. Our core team of volunteers is small, but friendly, and we would be delighted to welcome more hardworking dog lovers aboard. If your idea of paradise is to be surrounded by dogs and giving back to the community, then look no further!
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 a couple to assist with their every day care, as well as larger building and cleaning projects that we undertake in the effort to make the old fort as comfortable and safe a place for the dogs 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.
In terms of our larger projects at the shelter, it would be beneficial, albeit not necessary, if you have skills in welding, usage of grass trimmers and chainsaws, and painting walls. Other handyman skills are also highly welcome. Naturally, should you have no experience of such things, we are happy to teach you the fundamentals.
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, and our fridge is kept stocked with basic groceries. You can have three meals a day but you have to prepare them yourselfs , 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 especially, 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 a bicycle 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. There will be volunteers coming in during the day, and often may stay quite late, but you may feel very lonely and even scared at night. You will be surrounded by 50+ dogs, there is a light which is on all night and security cameras at the entrance, so there is nothing to worry about physically, but if you are the type that is easily spooked or who doesn't feel comfortable alone, then it can be a psychological strain. For this reason, we would recommend this situation to a couple or friends traveling together. There is one more thing to keep in mind: we have plenty of 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
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week