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

  • Airport transfers

  • Transport to and from the project

  • 1-day excursion, visiting Keralan backwaters and surrounding sights

What is NOT included:

  • Flights

  • Travel Insurance

  • Visa

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.