Contact us for more information about the group that interests you.
Our partners range in size and scope, so amenities will vary and not all opportunities will be available year-round. Some of our partners have their own volunteer applications and requirements so your placement is not guaranteed, but we will do our best to match you with the group that's the best fit. Some of our partners require LVTs with previous volunteer experience to work in their clinics directly, but there are still activities you could do as a volunteer to care for animals even if you aren’t in the clinic.
Each location is rated to indicate the level of self-sufficiency needed to travel there. Some places will provide transportation and lodging, while others require you to make all your own arrangements. Please keep this in mind when considering which group you want to visit.
Mission: To protect and save the lives of Maui's animals; accepting all in need, educating the community, and inspiring respect and compassion towards all animals.
Location: Maui, HI
What to expect: High-volume s/n in shelter clinic and MASH settings.
Requires LVTs with experience in HQHV s/n, preferably in a shelter setting.
Mission: Non-profit veterinary outreach program combining community service and veterinary mentorship to bring free veterinary services to underserved rural communities where poverty and geographic isolation make regular veterinary care inaccessible.
Locations: Vary depending in scheduled clinics. Include Washington State, Arizona, North Dakota and South Dakota.
What to expect: Work with staff and student volunteers in providing quality care to animal patients and their families. Depending on interests and experience, duties may include assisting with anesthesia and recovery, humane education, receiving and examinations, triage or critical care. There are opportunities for technicians and assistants of all backgrounds and experience levels.
Dates: *This group is full for 2019. Stay tuned for 2020 schedule*
Mission: To bring brighter futures to animals in need on both sides of the border. This group focuses their efforts where the need is the greatest, but where animals are the very least likely to be helped due to financial, geographic, and cultural barriers.
Location: Santa Rosa, California
What to expect: Help at low cost wellness clinics, spay and neuter programs and larger surgical days for recent rescues. Clinics are typically held one day per month. Volunteers can expect to help with intake exams, animal restraint, surgery recovery, surgery prep, surgical anesthesia monitoring, giving vaccinations, microchipping, and client interaction and education.
Day-long wellness clinics held once monthly, inquire for schedule.
Volunteers may also sign up to be on-call for intake days.
Location: Yucatan Peninsula
Mission: To humanely alleviate animal suffering and overpopulation by providing access to spay and neuter sterilization services.
What to expect: High-volume spay and neuter MASH-style clinic with owned or "street" dogs and cats.
Dates: Annually for five days in early to mid May (2020 clinic dates TBD)
Mission: To educate the public and to provide low-cost, and often no-cost veterinary services to reduce the over-population of dogs and cats around the country, and to provide adoption services.
Location: Shelter in San Rafael de Heredia and other rural areas in Costa Rica.
What to Expect: Spay/neuter clinics, basic veterinary assistance, and education, both in shelter and via mobile S/N unit. Different activities available depending on experience.
Volunteers with experience in high-volume s/n clinics preferred for clinical duties.
Location: Bahia Ballena, Costa Rica
Mission: Rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured, sick and orphaned native wildlife with the ultimate objective to assist in the recovery and release.
What to expect: Some volunteers (depending on experience and credentials) will work with veterinary staff in high-quality treatment for all animals entering the facility. Well-equipped veterinary clinic and a 24 hour emergency response service, quarantine facilities for new arrivals, and a nursery area for the very young and isolated pre-release enclosures for soon to be released wildlife. Other duties may include general care of animals, including feeding, cleaning cages, and overall enrichment.
Dates: Year round, minimum commitment of one week.
Mission: Rescue, rehabilitate and release Injured, orphaned, and displaced wildlife.
Location: Guanacaste, Costa Rica
What to expect: Focus is on helping with injured and orphaned monkeys and some other wildlife. Food preparation, enclosure cleaning, laundry, animal enrichment activities, feeding and special care for injured and infant monkeys.
Dates: Year-round, minimum commitment of one month.
Location: Quepos, Costa Rica
Mission: To protect the diverse wildlife of Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast by rehabilitating wildlife, conducting original scientific research, training volunteers, and promoting conservation.
What to expect: LVTs can work with our vet, vet tech, biologists, and other staff members and volunteers to care for animals. Duties vary depending on experience, and may include assisting in the clinic, preparing food for animals, feeding animals twice a day, recording animal behavior and health and cleaning cages.
Dates: Year round, minimum commitment of two weeks.
Mission: To educate about the importance of spay & neuter as the most critical step to improve animal welfare in the developing world.
Location: Costa Rica, Panama, and Guatemala
What to Expect: Spay/neuter clinics, basic veterinary assistance, and education with different communities in urban and rural areas.
Dates: Year-round. Different activities available depending on their schedule. Minimum commitment one week.
Mission: To strive for the conservation, preservation, protection and research of wildlife. To rescue, rehabilitate and reintroduce into their natural habitat wild animals seized from illegal traffickers. To promote and assist in the creation and management of protected habitat areas for wild animals.
Location: Peten, Guatemala
What to expect: General volunteering includes care of native animals including feeding, cleaning, and enclosure maintenance. Depending on experience there are opportunities for closer animal contact. There is also a special longer veterinary program for qualified techs, including lectures and hands-on clinical care.
Dates: Year-round, minimum commitment one week.
Mission: Sea turtle, caiman, and crocodile conservation, and building sustainable systems working with local residents toward marine animal welfare.
Location: Parque Hawaii
What to expect: Various activities related to marine animal conservation, including sea turtle hatchery and release of turtles, monitoring populations and their environments, and working in education with locals.
Dates: July to late October
Mission: Rescue and rehabilitation of baboons and other wildlife.
Location: South Africa
What to expect: help hand-raise baby baboon orphans and assist with their bonding to baboon surrogate mothers, to assist with the rehabilitation of baboons which spent up to 13 years of their life in a lab-cage and to help animals which have been rescued from all sorts of circumstances.
Dates: Year-round, minimum commitment two weeks.
Location: Delta, British Columbia
Mission: Dedicated to public education and the rehabilitation and release of injured and orphaned raptors.
What to expect: General animal husbandry and feeding of birds of prey. Excellent opportunity for first-hand learning about raptor rescue and general raptor information. May include exam observation and hands-on experience, depending on availability and experience.*
Dates: Year-round. Minimum commitment of 4 hours per week (for repeat volunteers) or full-time for at least two weeks (for one-time volunteers).
*This facility does not have an on-site clinic. Volunteer duties would not be specifically medical.