if you want to be a volunteer in a sanctuary for disabled dogs and other animals and don't mind getting yourself dirty and work outside ... Welcome!
We live in a small village 110 km north-East of Frankfurt in central Germany. We own a farm where we run this sanctuary. All animals are part of the family and not kept for financial purposes. All of them were rescued (from european countries and Russia) and are therefore very dear to us.
We - that are Gabriella (46) and Gritta (44). Gaby ist the Caretaker of the sanctuary and I have a full-time Job (Human resources) in Darmstadt (including Business travels from time to time).
Our friends think that we are crazy to do what we do, really animal lovers (because animals first, we next) and persons to talk , discuss and laugh together, responsible and reliable persons.
but... sometimes we can although be difficult and strange.
We are looking for a similar responsible and reliable person to help with animal care and housekeeping during the week and who can also manage things on her / his own when we away.
Please be aware that we generally prefer to have somebody for a longer period of time and that experience with at least dogs is absolutely necessary. Minimum stay 6 weeks - up to 1 year possible.
and please be aware that we are living in "the middle of nowhere". The public transport is nearly not existing ( one bus in one hour and not in the evening). You can use a bycicle to drive to the next small villages ( Herbstein 4 km, Lauterbach 15 km), but to go to Frankfurt / Fulda / Gießen - you need to go to Lauterbach first and then with the bus / train .
There is always one car at the farm , but that is basically needed for work on the farm or emergencies. Exceptions are possible.
For more details about the animals, pls check below. If you feel you are the right person, please contact us :-)
Help around the house
Beside getting more experienced regarding animals you can learn german and about german culture.
We have 30 dogs, 26 horses/ponies and 13 cats. Therefore you have to be an animal lover and must be experienced with animals (at least with dogs). This is absolutely essential to do this job!
The job here is basically feeding the animals, cleaning the sleeping places, cat toilets etc.. Despite giving the animals a perfect home, We would also like to live in a clean and tidy place ourself:-) So we would ask you to keep your room and bathroom clean and also keep the house clean (together with Gaby).
Please be aware that half of the dog pack is paralised. Our dogs live inside the house, even the paralised ones.
You should be responsible and 100% reliable since we really depend on you . We need to have somebody at home who we can trust and know we can leave in charge with everything. However, you wont be alone for more than a day.
It would help if you had worked on a farm or at a vet's or an animal shelter before, so you'd know what to expect:-)
You should also be able to give medicine to the animals when they are ill or go to the vet with them.
own bedroom with Internet, shower to share with our parents (if they visit us),
Of course you can use all other rooms and facilities in the house. Normal Food will of course be provided. We are no vegetarians ( but of course accept Vegeterians and vegans), so if you need a special food or diet, please be aware that we cannot provide this.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week