Volunteers are the mainstay of a non – profit organization. People for animals depends on its committed group of volunteers to sustain its various programmes.
Designing promotional & awareness literature
Writing on animal welfare issues
Drafting fundraising proposals
Promoting adoptions of the shelter puppies
Promoting the cause through social media and other platforms
Help in rescue & relief work
Grooming of shelter animals
Cleaning & general beautification of the shelter
Awareness & adoption drives
On-site vaccination & First Aid
Dog catching for sterilization
On-site verification of cruelty complaints
Reality check – Adoptions from Shelters are few and far between.
VOLUNTEER OVERVIEW / WHAT TO EXPECT
Animal volunteer work is challenging, yet extremely important and very rewarding. During your time with us, you must be ready to provide care to animals and follow the instructions and suggestions of the hospital management at all times. For this reason we seek volunteers who are totally dedicated with high perseverance, endurance, patience, and work ethic.
If this is your first time volunteering in an animal welfare organization, be aware that all your romantic notions might not be true. There is zero glamour attached to the work that needs to be done day in and day out at an animal recovery centre like Raahat.
Animal work is hard and dirty- yet very rewarding! You will not have the same resources in a low resource facility like Raahat as would have in a well funded organization. You should not expect the same hygienic conditions-even at the vet clinic- as you would in a human clinic. Acceptance of animal hospital culture is a must for you to enjoy your time with us.
Although volunteering is an unpaid position, they are extremely important and we require volunteers to be reliable. The animals count on our volunteers- If you don’t show up for you work period, the animals will not get fed, treated, etc.! Therefore, if you accept a certain period, you must be willing to commit to that time, and we must be able to rely on you completely during that time period. Unfortunately, if you leave prematurely, the animals are the ones who suffer, because management is unexpectedly left shorthanded. Overall, we rely immensely on our volunteers! So if you agree to volunteer with us, please plan your schedule so that you may stay your entire time-and so that more animals can benefit from your helping hands!
If you are unsure about your time availability, please commit to the minimum time and you can always lengthen your stay.
What is the minimum and maximum time commitment?
We ask that volunteers stay a minimum of 4 consecutive weeks of 4-6 hours per day, 6 days a week. We ask this minimum because familiarizing volunteers to the animals and work takes time. Preference is given to applicants for extended periods. There is no maximum length of stay, we would love for you to stay as long as you’d like!
However, for experienced volunteers or professionals, shorter times are possible. Please inquire when applying.
The minimum volunteering period is 4 weeks (Monday to Saturday), with a 4-6 hours daily work schedule.
What about my expenses, do you provide accommodations or compensation.
Unfortunately our budget does not allow for accommodations or compensation. Volunteers will be responsible for covering travel, accommodation, meal, and all other expenses. However, we may be able to help you to find a simple room for rent, if required, at your own cost.
What qualifications do I need to volunteer?
What is expected of me?
If you meet the above requirements, then you are a perfect fit for our volunteer family! And we look forward to welcoming you as a partner in our efforts to make the world a better place for community animals.
What will I do as a volunteer?
The tasks asked of you depend on your interests and qualifications. Please note that in a small organization like Raahat everyone needs to pitch in with many tasks, even if you are overqualified for some tasks.
The following activities may be performed by volunteers:
* Other miscellaneous tasks
For experienced workers or professionals, other tasks are possible. Please describe any special skills or experience when applying!
What is my daily routine?
Every day is different. It may be completely chaotic and very stressful or simple and almost dull. You will never know what to expect. It may be that one day many critically ill animals arrive simultaneously. It may be that one day you have plenty of medication and the next the pharmacy is out of drugs and severely suffering animals are at the centre. As a volunteer you will be required to improvise and make the best of the situation, be flexible, and able to withstand even if none of your solutions work.
Patience, perseverance, good humor, and dedication are required to work in a shelter environment!
How many hours a day will I work?
Volunteers contribute a minimum of 4 - 6 hours per day, 6 days a week. Please understand that we require a strict adherence to the agreed work periods, even though you are not a paid employee, we will respect and treat you as one, and would appreciate the same responsible behavior of an employee. Please inform us if you are sick or for other reasons cannot take your shift.
What self-expectations should I have?
You must be prepared for all situations. There are times when only minimal resources are available to deal with very serious injuries and illnesses. Please remember that many animals die from illness and injury despite all our efforts.
Personal empathy and adaptability would be very helpful. A respectful attitude in any situation dealing with hospital employees and partners would be expected of you at all times.
Do you accept volunteer veterinarians?
Please contact us with your qualifications for more details.
What do I get from volunteering with you?
Although monetary compensation is not possible with this volunteer position, the benefits you gain will last a lifetime. For your time with us, you will get:
Is there an age limit for volunteering?
The minimum age to be a volunteer for Doon based candidates is 16 and for outstation candidates it is 18. There is no maximum age!
What about smoking and alcohol, etc?
No alcohol or smoking is allowed at the center.
Can I travel during my stay?
We ask that you please arrange your travels before or after your volunteer time commitment.
Since the animals need to get accustomed to each new volunteer, we need a commitment for a period of at least 4 weeks, 4 - 6 hours a day, 6 days a week. During this period, you must be available without interruption (exceptions can be made for experienced volunteers, professionals, other special circumstances, please inquire).
Do I have to pay fee to volunteer?
No. Any donations will go entirely to the animals.