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!