WHAT TO EXPECT WORKING IN THE ANIMAL WELFARE PROJECT?
You will get to work with a small team working together at the shelter and on the streets to help reduce the number of strays and sick dogs and cats through sterilization and vaccination programs and responding to calls about injured animals. Mad Dog Trust is the only one of its kind in Cochin, hence why they desperately need volunteers to help with the overflow of animals needing treatment on a daily basis. Every day is hands-on and requires a thick skin as you will see some sad cases as animal abuse is high in India with the locals seeing street cats and dogs as evil.
With so many animals to care for some get overlooked or little human interaction, most importantly the animals just need human touch and some comforting, they love cuddles and treats.
Volunteers will carry out a variety of different roles depending on the needs of the project at the time. It is our job to help spread awareness and educate the locals on the importance of sterilization to help stop the number of unwanted animals multiplying making Cochin a better society for all to live in.
Volunteers tasks may include:
Caring for animals after surgery
Cleaning the animal cages and preparing food
Bathing, feeding and walking dogs
Assisting the vets and nurses
Bottle feeding neonatal
Washing all bedding and hanging out to dry
Giving medicine to clinic dogs, deworming, de flea treatments
Monitoring the animals and helping with their rehabilitation
DIY projects, fixing cages, building enclosures
Socializing dogs who are ready for adoption
What is included in the program:
This is a 1-month program only
Accommodation - private double room with own bathroom ceiling fan or A/C (extra cost)
Program orientation including a T-shirt and Welcome pack
Volunteering project 5x per week, weekends free time
Morning Yoga and meditation 6x a week ( Sunday rest) at Loving Earth Yoga Shala
Delicious Vegan Meals - breakfast and dinner served at Loving Earth Cafe with a snack to take to project
Transport to and from the project
1-day excursion, visiting Keralan backwaters and surrounding sights
What is NOT included:
Program cost all inclusive:
1-month standard double room w/fan - $2050 AUD
Ahimsa Karma Yoga Program Daily Schedule Example:
7:30am - Morning Yoga Flow at Loving Earth Shala
10 am - Breakfast at Loving Earth Cafe
11 pm - Taxi pick up to Project
11:30-3.30 pm - Karma Yoga at Project of choice
3:45 pm - Taxi pick up back to Homestay
5 pm - Dinner at Loving Earth Cafe
Sign up for our next intake starting in February 2019
You'll be taken to an application form where you'll state your arrival date and duration you would like to stay. We will be in touch with you as soon as we have processed your application.