Monica's Animal Shelter

Do you want to ensure that the animals in Monica's shelter receive the best possible care? Then come and help!
The shelter is located in a remote and rural village in a beautiful mountainous area. There is a spacious private home for the volunteers.

*** URGENT *** VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY REQUIRED WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT AND ON AN ON GOING BASIS. Ongoing requirement for volunteers throughout 2024. Volunteers are most WELCOME to stay for as long as they want to. It is recommended you stay for at least 2/3 weeks to allow you to get to know the dogs and for them to get to know you. Volunteers will preferably have some dog shelter experience but this is not absolutely necessary. Monica basically runs the shelter on her own. Due to illness and bad luck, she needed (a lot of) help last year and this coming year. She had her second knee replaced in March 2023 which was delayed for 3 years due to covid. She also had a bad fall in summer 2022 when she fractured her hip badly. All the money goes to the animals and Monica has difficulty walking, so Monica cannot provide meals. The house is also always wonderfully heated and you can even enjoy a warm bath after all the hard work! DAILY ROUTINE Volunteer tasks begin between 8:00 am and 8:30 am. First feed the chickens and the ducks; Second clean and feed the puppies; Then clean the dog runs and provide fresh water and food to the dogs in the backyard. When that's done, there is an opportunity to have breakfast/coffee together; After breakfast, all other kennels are cleaned and all those dogs are given clean water and food; Everything around the house is also cleaned and all water bowls are provided with clean water. The chicken and duck coops are cleaned once a week; If there are young kittens, they should be fed 3 x milk during the day. At about 12.00 pm (depending on the number of animals and the number of volunteers), all work is finished and it is time for lunch. In the afternoon you have free time. When new animals are unexpectedly dumped, when the vet comes for vaccinations or sterilisations, a transport arrives to take dogs to be adopted abroad or something unforeseen happens, sometimes a little help is needed out of hours. At about 4 o'clock in the afternoon all chickens and ducks are fed again and all puppies are fed again. The dogs' kennels are also checked once more. Do all dogs still have clean water? Did they make a mess of it? If so, then of course top up the water and clean! Another important task is monitoring the animals. Are they healthy and do they feel happy? If you think something is up, immediately turn on Monica. When there are so many animals together and when new dogs are dumped every time, the risk of diseases is of course present. In addition, all dogs and cats need hugs of course! During your free time, ideally you will want to spend some of it helping to socialise the dogs. Previous volunteers have spent time with certain dogs to help desensitise them, gain their trust, walk some of them on a leash, teach the younger dogs to fetch and generally play with them. This will really help to make the less adoptable dogs much more adoptable. This is very rewarding for all concerned. You are expected to respect the main house where you are living by keeping it clean and tidy on a daily basis. It is expected that you mop the tiled floors daily, water the plants and other general household chores. DON'T FORGET TO PACK SOME OLD CLOTHES AS CLEANING OUT DOGS WILL BE DIRTY AND HARD WORK.


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Monica's shelter was a unique experience, the animals are wonderful and it is very nice to do something to improve their lives.

The place has many needs and it is important to do our part to improve it.

Monica can sometimes be a little harsh, but she is a good woman and she loves animals, she does what she can for them.

The work is sometimes hard but you will be rewarded by the love that the dogs give you.

29 days ago



This was my first ever volunteering experience and I really enjoyed my time at Monica’s shelter. Even though there is quite a lot of work, it’s all really rewarding in the end when you get to see the dogs get adopted into new families. All the dogs are friendly with humans and most of them are really cuddly too. Communication with Monica can be a little difficult at times but once you learn the basics it’s pretty easy to guess what it is Monica requires of you :)

30 days ago

United Kingdom


Ive thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Shelter, the resources & money can be scarce but Monica does what she can and you can see how much she cares. She is very stubborn but very sweet if you take the time to get to know her properly. This is not for you if you want a place to stay while backpacking, this work is repetitive, messy and quite frankly hard work. You need to be prepared for anything. Dont do this if you just love animals, this can be mentally and physically exhausting especially if you havent done this before. It is a very rewarding job, i do recommend

about 2 months ago



My stay at Monica's shelter was an experience for sure.
It has been a very enriching experience to care for the animals at the shelter every day and get to know them. While it is an enriching experience it is also hard work. Sometimes you will be confronted with situations you may not know how to handle. But if you try to keep an open mind the other volunteers will certainly have your back.
Monica herself is a very stubborn woman, set in her ways. She knows what is best for the animals she cares for which is why she does not appreciate new ideas or new approaches to caring for the animals.

2 months ago



To be honest, this experience was really quite difficult. The dogs are absolutely lovely and deserve the world, and if you love animals and want to make a proper impact this is for you. The feeling of sending 14 dogs off to get adopted can’t be beaten. But please know that the work is dirty, difficult and repetitive, and Monica is a very hard person to work with. She can be very disrespectful with no remorse, and will just do things around the house without consulting any volunteers (such as taking all our food out of the fridge to defrost it). The upside is, Dawn is a lovely correspondent.

3 months ago

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