Help care for rescued animals at our NGO in Shikoku, Japan



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  • Description


    We are a registered NGO based in Tokushima, Japan, our aim is to build a community in which companion animals can live free from suffering and cruelty. We rescue and re-home stray, abandoned abused and neglected animals and actively promote spay/neuter and responsible pet ownership through education and supportive means.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    A great place to improve your Japanese language skills as most of our staff and local volunteers speak limited English.

  • Help


    We currently house and care for approximately 200 cats and dogs. Animal care volunteers main responsibilities will be dog walking and socializing with the animals at our shelter. We are looking for self-reliant, responsible individuals.

    We are also looking for individuals with carpentry skills for building and general maintenance in and around the shelter.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Japanese: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We provide long-term volunteers with free accommodations at a house located near a train station with easy access to the city. Everything needed to live comfortably is provided (range, fridge, washer, futons, and towels, etc). Volunteers will be responsible for their own food and daily necessities. We have three cats living there so may not be a good option individuals with cat allergies.

    Accommodations may be shared if there are more than one overseas our out of town volunteers with us at any one time.

    Please note: volunteers will be responsible for the upkeep of accommodations. You are expected to clean up after yourself by washing dishes you dirty, keeping your living area organized and being respectful of shared living areas.
    *️️️️️️️️️️Please help us save water and electricity.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    To/From the shelter: Shelter staff/volunteer can pick you up/drop you off from the volunteer accommodations.

    To volunteer accommodation upon arrival in Tokushima: If you give us your schedule in advance, shelter staff/volunteer can pick you up at Tokushima-station.

    Salary: We are run on a volunteer basis. Except for three hired paid regular staff member, we do not provide volunteers with salary or compensation.

    Language: Most of the local volunteers and regular staff members are Japanese speakers. The founder, Susan and some volunteers can speak English.

    Insurance: Please make sure to have your travel insurance. We cannot provide financial assistance for hospital visits or illnesses.

    Tokushima prefecture does provide "volunteer insurance" to help cover medical costs for injuries sustained during volunteering in the country. The cost is 500 yen per year. We require volunteers to register for this insurance, so please provide your full name, address and contact information before arriving so we can prepare the paperwork.

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 days a week, 5 hours per day

Host ref number: 368572531922