Street help with dogs in Guerrero, Mexico




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    Our daily work is to be out and about in the streets of Guerrero to save dogs. Our headquarters, that we lovingly call "Hope-quarters", is based in the beautiful little village Troncones. From there we drive nearly every day to the surrounding areas to rescue puppies, to provide medical care, to bring dogs to the vet, etc. In the near by city of Zihuatanejo we have a shelter, where we are able to care for around 15 dogs. In our headquarters in Troncones we hold a few cases that need special attention.

    We try to educate children on how to treat animals with better care and we also raise awareness in Mexican pet owners for malnutrition, disease prevention and the importance of neutering. We have a t-shirt and water bottle program where the money goes straight to spay and neuter and we are looking for someone with creative ideas on how we can gain more awareness for our program. During high season we have a booth in a farmer's market were we sell our t-shirts designed by a famous local artist/environmentalist.

    The organization's biggest mission is to spay and neuter as many dogs and cats as possible. We organize sterilization and vaccination campaigns with local veterinarians at least once every month. We started officially in January 2017 and have rescued, aided or helped thousands of animals since then. Our organization is non-profit and we are growing our foster and adoption network all over Mexico and North America. This helps us reach supporters and donors for our mission which is all volunteer based. In 2021 we re-homed 250 animals and sterilized 2000.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • 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

    You will learn how good the simple life can be and how to connect with nature through working with the animals and surf. You will learn to cultivate compassion and start to understand how we can make a difference for animals in need. Many volunteers have pointed out, they learned a lot about dog behavior, diseases and medical care. We are in very close contact with the locals when we care for their dogs, which means you will get a very good insight of the living conditions of people and dogs and to experience their friendliness. It's a good chance to also practice Spanish with the locals.

  • Help


    We are looking for volunteers who are coming to work with animals as their passion!

    We are looking for these qualities:
    1. Love Animals!!!
    2. Clean and Organized
    3. Communication Skills (roommates, group chat messages, medical administration)
    4. Compassionate

    The main part of the job will consist of:

    1. Shadowing our team leaders in the streets of rural villages in the La Union district and the Zihuatanejo district (where we have a shelter hosting 10-15 dogs).

    2. Volunteering at our sterilization and vaccinations clinics and children's education events.

    3. Caring for a handful of special case dogs in our Troncones headquarters and maintaining the order of the yard and living space which will be shared with one or two other volunteers.

    We need someone who is willing to deal with hot, humid, buggy, muddy conditions in the rural countryside of the small village of Troncones. Joining us on our trips to the main shelter in Zihuatanejo will be required a few times a week. Same as helping us with bringing adopted dogs to the airport.

    On the side, we sometimes have construction for projects going on in areas where we are working with local fosters to shelter animals we are caring for medically. We are currently looking into collaborating with a permaculture project in the famous wave of Saladita (20 min north of Troncones) where we may be building some corrals. If you are interested in construction and living in a camping environment we may have a job for you.

    There is a lot of attention required along with tending to animals. It's a selfless job that comes from the heart. The furbears will give you as much love as you give them, so we are looking for very compassionate people that are strong and stable emotionally. We accept couples or friends, keep in mind that it is not always possible to have the same shift or day off. So make sure you are okay to work alone. The best volunteers are the most organized and are able to communicate very well.

    We see a lot of disease and suffering, but that's why we do lessen the hardships for those who can't take care of themselves. It's a very rewarding experience.

    If you have any social media/marketing experience or skills we also need someone to help keep our Instagram and Facebook pages up to date. We need to keep spreading the word about our mission in order to raise awareness, funds and love for the furbears!

    It's hard to say exactly what is required of you until you arrive depending on how many dogs we have at any given moment and what kind of medical attention they require. 70% of dogs and cats are discarded into the streets of Mexico, mostly females. It's a huge problem and we are working hard to change it. That's why we need people who think about helping animals as your sole reason for coming. This is not a party at the beach, or social experience to meet people like a hostel environment (however, there is an opportunity for fun and a social life). People who can be ok with loving on the animals and reading in a hammock or meditating on the beach will thrive better. That being said, it can be an adventure of lifetime if you are coming with the right intentions.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent

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  • Accommodation


    We are based east of Troncones in an up and coming rural pueblo called "Nuevo Troncones" which is 15 min walk to the main street of Troncones proper, where you find typical Mexican restaurants, shops, laundry mat etc. and the ever so long and nearly empty beach with beach breaks for surfing. The closest point break for surfing is in Manzanillo Bay another 1/2 walk or quick combi ride away.

    Our house (Hope-quarters) is small and rustic, but very idyllic and the beautiful jungle starts right behind it. Wet season is June- October. After February it becomes very dry. You will have to share a room with another volunteer. The house consists of two bedrooms, a big storage room, a bathroom and an outside kitchen. The property has a fenced garden, where the dogs hang out most of the time. The main place to hang out is on the porch in the hammocks with a nice view of the jungle.

    We will provide basic food supplies, like rice, pasta, lentils, beans and eggs.

    You will work with our team leaders Sandrine from France, and Eva from Austria who will live at the HQ as well. Natalie, the founder of the organization, will also be around and will need help from time to time.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Troncones is surf paradise! There are perfect point breaks 20 min and 40 min car ride away. With this position comes donation-based therapeutic and areal yoga classes and free hot springs visits. There are local caves, fishing villages, and rolling coconut fields. Get involved in eco-projects and kids education. Extras are island snorkeling, sailboat, SUP, horseback riding and salsa dancing.

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    A little more information

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 25 hours a week

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