Hi there !
I have been volunteering in this animal shelter for one year and I would like to help Ira, the owner, to have more volunteers there because she really needs help.
There are 300 hundred dogs in the shelter and about 50 cats.
Some employees are working to feed the animals, cleaning and doing the maintenance stuffs but they don't do the cares or take out the dogs, that's why volunteers are needed.
There are already some volunteers who you can meet.
DIY and building projects
Help around the house
You will be in a team with Moldovan people and some international volunteers.
Ira, the owner of the shelter, speaks perfectly English.
The shelter works with some organizations in German and Austria, some members of them come sometimes at the shelter.
The shelter is close to Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, where you can go by bus. It's a very interesting city, between sovietic and European cultures.
We have two teams of volunteers : one for dogs and one for cats
The more important task for the volunteers is to take out the dogs and to clean the cages. Some dogs just go in the garden and others go for a walk with a leash.
Other tasks : feeding the animals and some veterinary cares.
The cats lack attention, play, medical care...The kittens grow up wild because of this, and will have less chance for adoption.
So, the volunteers who adore cats, will come specifically to volunteer with cats. This will include :
- giving deworming, glee treatment
- feed them
- socialize with them
- help with washing dishes from cats (this is done by a worker, but they don't always manage to do it all, so help is needed)
- help with changing bed sheets, blankets for them (also done by a worker, but help is needed, so to get involved in this also)
If the person doesn’t mind, also could sleep with the cats.
So, this will be the profile of the volunteer especially for cats.
If they feel that they have time and also desire to help out with the dogs - they are welcome to do so, but their primary position and tasks will be specifically for cats.
We would like also some help to take photos and post them on the Facebook pages to promote adoptions
It's better if you are used to be with animals but it's not an obligation, our animals are very nice and no dangerous at all !
We only accept people who are ready to involve themselves physically and especially psychologically. We need people who really love animals and are ready to dedicate themselves to them for a while. It is hard work, and it takes a lot of time and effort to teach you, that's why we ask for a minimum stay of 2 weeks.
Moreover, we dislike when people leave before the date they said, because it's a lot of organization for us to plan and to organize volunteers tasks. So,please think before to apply !
There is a house for volunteers at the shelter with two big rooms, a kitchen and a nice terrace and garden. There are cats in the bedroom too.
We will give you basic food to cook and you can help for what you need. It's usually specific moldovan food so be prepared to eat something different that you are used to ! It's sometimes quite complicated and expensive to find the food of your country.
About Internet the best to do if you want a good connection is not by a Moldovan SIM card (very cheap !)
The shelter is lost in the countryside so be ready to be far from the civilization ! But you can take a bus to go to the capital, it's around 45 minutes.
There is a lake near the shelter where you can swim in summer. In winter you can walk on the ice !
There are some nice walks to do around the shelter and you can also visit other places in Moldova thanks to buses : Tiraspol, Orheil Vechi, Comrat, Tipova, Saharna, monasteries...it's also very easy to go to Romania or Ukraine for some days.
We can help you to organize your trip.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
max 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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