Associazione Ciccio Garibaldi

Our fight to save strays around the town of Calatafimi Segesta in Sicily started 17 years ago with just a single dog but as the years went by, the number of dogs in need of help increased significantly. In 2015, we officially started the only dog refuge in Calatafimi, and since then saved more than 1000 homeless, abandoned, and abused dogs. Most of them have been happily adopted since and are living in their forever homes. We are still in touch with all of them.

But sadly after every dog who gets adopted comes many more due to the lack of sensibility and sterilization. We are struggling to keep up and give them all the care they deserve, to feed and pamper them.

Our mission is to provide medical services and safe shelter for our abandoned friends. Our group of international and Italian volunteers have strong adoption programs to ensure that we find loving and secure homes for as many of them as we can, but this can take a long time and we don't have the capacity to do it on our own. This is why we are asking for your help!

Accommodation is in a simple and rustic little cottage that the volunteers have for themselves. It has a small loft-bit and séparés around the beds, so privacy is limited. It's right below the main house and in the middle of the shelter (the enclosures of the dogs are close by), in the middle of nature. There are plenty of things to do in your free time too! Sicily has a rich culture and history, not to mention all the breathtaking nature to explore and amazing foods to try. Our shelter is located just outside the town of Calatafimi Segesta in the province of Trapani in western Sicily, with good access to the area. Without a car, it is difficult to be completely independent, but we are happy to give you a lift to the nearest bus- or train station whenever we can. From there, it's only up to you what you choose to discover on your days off!

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Meine Erfahrung hier am shelter war unfassbar schön. Meine Drei Wochen hier vergingen wie im Flug weil man hier immer etwas zutun hat. Die Arbeit mit den Hunden macht unfassbar viel Spaß, sie sind mir alle ans Herz gewachsen. Ich komme aufjedenfall wieder.

hace 22 días



Experiência incrível! Nelly e Franco são pessoas adoráveis. O trabalho é tranquilo e o amor que você recebe dos cães vale por tudo. Recomendo mais pessoas viverem essa experiência. A ONG precisa de mais voluntários para ajudar no cuidado diário com os cães. O trabalho que você terá será limpar, repor a comida, levar para passear, brincar, dar e receber muito amor. ♥️

hace 2 meses



Loved my time here ! Nelly and Franco were very friendly and welcoming, Work was manageable and the times were great ! Loved all the dogs and walks 🐶 Getting to know the other volunteers and learn about many cultures was probably my highlight!

hace 3 meses



The dog shelter is great. I have fell in love with all of the dogs there!!! You really grow close to them quickly! The hosts franco and nelly are sooo nice, eventhought it would definitly help you to know at least some italian, but at the same time, I also didnt know any word and it worked out. The work is sometimes hard but rewarding! The nature around is beautiful. I will never forget this experience and thank you for everything Nelly and Franco!

hace 4 meses



Volunteering at Ciccio Garibaldi was the best thing I’ve ever done. The hosts, Nelly and Franco, are so so welcoming, kind and generous, and will make you feel right at home. And the dogs will just melt your heart of course!! We worked for 5 hours a day, from 7am until 12pm. The work is straightforward, but can be physical at times (lots of walking, stairs, cleaning, scrubbing etc.). Overall, this was an amazingggg experience that I would recommend to everyone! I was sooo sad to leave in the end and I miss it there already! I will absolutely be returning to the shelter!!

hace 5 meses

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