Volunteer Organisations

For those wanting to become involved in conservation or animal care projects we have put together a list of volunteer Organisations for your information.


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Volunteer Organisations:

  • World Vets is a non-government organization (NGO) providing veterinary aid around the globe in collaboration with animal advocacy groups, foreign governments, US and foreign military groups and veterinary professionals abroad. Our work spans 34 countries and 6 continents and addresses not only veterinary issues, but also human health issues impacted by zoonotic diseases in developing countries. World Vets is a 501c3 non-profit organization - www.worldvets.org
  • South Pacific Animal Welfare's mission is to provide sustainable community based animal management programmes that benefit island communities animal welfare efforts long term. It is our goal to see on-island expertise in the various areas of animal welfare develop - we knowledge share and pass on our skills - http://www.spaw.org.nz
  • The Esther Honey Foundation, Inc. (EHF) was founded by US tourist and animal advocate Cathy Sue Ragan-Anunsen in 1994 following a 1993 holiday in the Cook Islands. While in Rarotonga, Ms. Ragan-Anunsen befriended a Rarotongan dog named “Honey” and learned that there were no veterinary services in the country for its *thousands of cats and dogs. (*According to the local anti-cruelty group representative in 1993, there were "6,000 dogs and 8,000 cats" on Rarotonga.) Ragan-Anunsen returned to her home in Oregon and, with the help of her colleagues, friends and family, began to assemble the necessary components to establish the Cook Islands' only veterinary hospital- www.estherhoney.org
  • Working with Animals, Wildlife and Nature Conservation Volunteering Guide and Database - www.greenvolunteers.com
  • The Australian Orangutan Project (AOP) is a not-for-profit organisation, supporting orangutan conservation, rainforest protection and reintroduction of orphans in order to save the species from extinction. AOP is a non-partisan organisation that collaborates with several orangutan conservation projects, as well as providing habitat protection through its own Safeguard project - guard patrols that deter wildlife poaching, illegal logging and land clearing in Borneo and Sumatrawww.orangutan.org.au
  • Dog and Cat Rescue Samui
              Brigitte Gomm
              112 / 35 Moo 6 Bophut
              Samui 84320 Suratthani
              Tel: 0066 (0) 77 413 490
               Mobile: 0066 (0) 81 893 94 43
               E-mail: info@samuidog.org
               Website: www.samuidog.org
               Facebook: Brigitte Gomm
               Skype: DRCS
  • back_of_beyond.volunteers@xtra.co.nz
  • www.animal-job.co.uk - whether you are a school leaver or you are a professional looking for a career change, we hope the  information on this website, compiled by professionals with over 30 years experience within the animal care sector, will help you achieve your goal. We have put all the information you will need in one place to assist you in finding a rewarding career working with animals. If you are unsure about which direction to take, explore our careers with animals sections -
  • The Lilongwe Wildlife Centre is looking for dedicated and passionate volunteers for our busy wildlife centre. We are Malawi's only wildlife sanctuary and the first 'people and wildlife' centre in the world to work hand in hand with local communities to conserve wildlife, so it isa very unique opportunity for volunteers, and there are a number of projects that you can get involved in. Volunteer projects range from animal care assistant, vet assistant, rehabilitation and release assistant, education and community support, centre support, marketing and thoseinterested in conservation or ecology - http://www.africanconservation.org/jobs/volunteeropportunities/lilongwe-wildlife-centre-animal-care-assistant-volunteers-needed
  • www.globalvolunteernetwork.org/thailand - you can become involved in a variety of conservation and animal care projects in Thailand. You have the opportunity to assist in a wildlife or elephant rescue centre feeding, maintaining, and caring for mistreated and domesticated animals. Most of the animals residing at the sanctuary were maltreated before they arrived there, suffering from abuse, malnutrition, neglect and improper care, rescued from the illegal pet trade, or have previously been exploited for the tourism industry
  • Lanta Animal Welfare​​​​​​​, Sala Dan, Thailand - Helping Koh Lanta’s community & animals through:
    • Sterilisation • Lifesaving treatment • Recovery centre • Education • Adoption