Are you the kind of person who loves animals? Why not volunteer to take the time to participate in a project aimed at providing a safe haven for orphaned, injured and sick animals? Located in the North Goa region, the Goa Animal Welfare project requires participants to carry out a range of tasks across a network of rescue centres. In the beautiful state of Goa, there are a large number of cattle roaming freely on the streets. As a result, many of these animals are involved in life threatening road accidents. Taking on a role in maintaining the animal rehabilitation rescue centre, you will make a difference to the cattle, goats, dogs and cats that are treated there. Those animals injured by road traffic incidents are brought to the centre where they receive necessary treatment, such as operations or medications, to stabilise their condition. Your work will provide the animals with a safe place to recuperate until they are re-homed.
Additionally, there are often a number of dogs wandering on the beaches due to the volume of beach shacks and restaurants on the beaches during the touristic season. When the restaurants close between May and September, the dogs no longer have access to food. Work carried out at the project is not confined to the rescue centre as during the monsoon season, visits to these beaches take place to feed the hungry dogs.
While at the project, your role will involve carrying out all tasks at the rescue centre as the need arises. This could include maintaining the premises, taking care of the injured animals, assisting the local veterinarian and visiting the beach to feed the dogs during Monsoon season.
Direction will be provided by local rescue experts, instructing you on carrying out daily rescue and rehabilitation tasks. You will learn how to collect and transport animals in need of help, how to carry out animal husbandry duties and basic first aid. Although a major part of your role will be taken up with assisting in the process of rehabilitation, recovery and release, you will also be required to learn about the construction of animal enclosures.
Your regular Monday to Friday routine will involve an Australian breakfast at 8:00 am followed by a journey to the rescue centre at 9:30 am. Throughout each day you will assist with the following tasks:
You’ll have a break to rest and have a light lunch at 12:00, and resume the daily tasks between 2:00pm and 4:30pm. Finishing your duties at 4:30 pm you will then have a 30 minute journey to the accommodation centre. After taking the chance to rest, you will enjoy a dinner consisting of local Indian Cuisine and vegetarian dishes. Each day will end with a light entertainment session, possibly a movie, and some free time.