Thai Island Dog & Cat Shelter

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opgericht in 2011
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High­lights

Meet our resident, adoptable animals and see how your project fee helps animals from all over Thailand.
You’ll meet loads of great people and we know you’ll have lots of fun, but the animals come first.
Enjoy a working holiday and contribute to these animals who need us.
Visit Kitty Cafe and enjoy delicious wraps, brownies, cupcakes or a cooling iced tea. No animal products have been used in any of the food or drink sold. All proceeds go to caring for our animals.
Enjoy living on an island in Thailand eating beautiful food and meeting the locals.
This project was started in 2005 when it became apparent that dog and cat populations were spiralling out of control and cruelty to these animals was prevalent. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Leeftijd 20+
Alleenstaanden
Koppels
Groepen
50+

The Project

The project started in 2005 when it became apparent that dog and cat populations were spiralling out of control and cruelty to these animals was prevalent. One factor was that after the Tsunami during the Thai construction boom, construction workers came to the island with their dogs but left them behind when the buildings were completed. The number of tourists visiting the island and feeding these dogs increased which resulted in their survival and reproduction rates causing overpopulation.

The centre’s primary objectives are to control the population of stray animals on Koh Lanta Yai in a humane way through sterilization programs and to provide medical attention to sick and injured animals. To date, over 8,000 animals have been sterilised and treated.

The centre also aims to promote awareness and educate the local community on the importance of animal care and respect to local dog and cat populations. This assists in helping to reduce the local issues of abuse and overpopulation.

The Location

The centre operates on the beautiful island of Koh Lanta Yai, the largest of the island group on the west coast of southern Thailand. While home to many resorts, bars and restaurants, the atmosphere remains relaxed and tranquil compared to other more developed Thailand destinations.

The island itself is comprised of several stunning beaches, a large protected national park, a historic Chinese fishing village, mangroves and caves. Eating is relatively affordable and there are options for every culinary appetite. Nightlife varies from relaxed bars on the beach to occasional dance parties and live reggae music concerts. Tour operators provide easy and affordable island-hopping and diving/snorkelling trips.

While Koh Lanta Yai is home to a large melting pot of Buddhists, Thai-Chinese, Muslims and sea gypsies, this island folk live in peace and harmony with one another. With this kind of mix, Koh Lanta Yai is always celebrating an event of some kind, be it part of Thai Buddhist, Thai-Chinese or Thai-Islamic tradition.

Our Volunteers

MINIMUM AGE TO VOLUNTEER IS 20.

Due to a lack of funding and support, the centre relies heavily on donations and the work of volunteers to keep it operational.

You will help care for and enrich the lives of the homeless animals at the centre while educating the local community about the importance of the humane treatment of animals.

You will make a positive difference to the lives of dogs and cats, work with a dedicated and enthusiastic team and be given the opportunity to converse with the local people on this important issue.

Conditions Onsite

It can be very emotional work treating and caring for sick and abused animals so you should try to be prepared for this. Be rest assured that you are amongst like-minded people who are experiencing the same feelings and emotions as you and will be there to support you.

There is no maximum age, however, you will need to be able to stand for long periods of time, work in humidity or wet conditions, travel to and from the project and perform basic manual labour tasks. Things may be organised differently from back home and things might not always make sense. You should be open-minded, patient, willing to accept new things and be prepared to get stuck in.

The staff will do their best to inform you on what's going on and what is expected of you; however, there will be times when you must act independently and use your own initiative as there can sometimes be a lack of resources at the centre. 

The work can be physically demanding as you are on your feet for most of the time and depending upon the time of year, it can be hot and humid.

Thailand has rich, biological diversity. However, sadly increasingly, human pressures such as overexploitation, habitat loss and habitat degradation, are pushing many of Thailand creatures to the brink of extinction. In Thailand, as in every country in the world, animals are abused and exploited for profit and human gratification. There are many examples of animal exploitation for the tourist industry, such as animals performing in degrading shows and elephant riding camps. There is also a thriving illegal trade in wild animals for pets.  O2E ask that volunteers do not engage in activities that involve animal exploitation. 

Please Note

The second instalment of your project fees is due within 1 week after you paid the deposit on Volunteer World. This is a total of $495 AUD and comes off your balance. The balance is due 90 days prior to travel. For all further information about the fees, please scroll down to the section "Program Fees“.

Dagelijkse activiteiten

You will be involved in the daily routine of the resident cats and dogs (and occasional wildlife) at the centre. This includes

  • exercising the dogs in the running areas and taking them for walks 
  • socialising and playing with the animals 
  • feeding and watering the animals
  • giving medication and care
  • treating the ill or recovering animals
  • providing vet assistance during treatments
  • cleaning cages 
  • enclosures and recovery cages 
  • washing towels and linen 
  • engaging in fundraising activities 
  • ensuring the centre is clean and tidy and promoting the centre and its objectives to the local community.

You will spend time rounding up stray animals that would otherwise be at risk and bringing them to the centre for spaying/neutering or medical treatment. 

The dogs require a lot of exercise so you may spend time at the beach with them running and playing.

Some dogs need help to trust people again.

The centre functions primarily as a sterilization clinic and most days are organized with this as a priority. However, because it is the only animal medical response facility on the island, demand for medical attention comes in, sometimes in high numbers, and we ask that our volunteers be flexible and prepared to respond to these kinds of scenarios. This might mean overtime hours and on-call availability.

You will work 6 days a week and 6 hours a day.

Vrijetijdsactiviteiten

The island of Ko Lanta Yai has 9 gorgeous white sandy beaches, splendid scenery and coastlines boasting more than 70 small islands with forests, coral reefs and underwater life.

Most people spend one day of their holiday in Koh Lanta Yai driving around the island on a rented motorbike or car. You can simply take a map and drive. Being an island, it's hard to get lost, but if you do, it will be an experience in itself. Inland, you'll find small villages that seem completely undisturbed by tourists, beaches used only by fishing boats, lush landscapes of rice paddies and plantations and great viewpoints on the way to the fascinating Old Town in the south east.

Some of the many things to do include

  • Cave exploring
  • Diving, snorkelling and kayaking
  • Visiting beaches 
  • Visit the National Park and Klong Jak waterfall
  • Thai language classes
  • Thai cookery classes 
  • Spa treatments and massage
  • Eating out
  • Enjoying the nightlife
  • Visit the surrounding islands

Renting a scooter is an easy and convenient way to get around the quiet roads on the island. The cost is about 150 THB (US$4) a day or 2500-3000 THB (US$70-90) a month. O2E strongly supports the use of helmets and long protective clothing while riding scooters to avoid serious injury. 

Please note: Thailand offers many activities that include animals. O2E recommends that volunteers refrain from riding an elephant, having your picture taken with an animal or visiting a zoo or animal entertainment venue. These activities exploit, abuse and overwork animals and many are considered illegal by the Thai Government. 

Any tour, activity or show that involves the use of animals in Thailand falls outside the O2E Policy for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Thailand offers many opportunities to see wildlife roam free in their natural habitat.

Water Sports
Swimming
Duiken/
Snorkelen
Hiking

Voor­waarden

Om deel te nemen aan het programma dien je tenminste 20 jaar oud te zijn op de startdatum van het programma. Er kunnen uitzonderingen gemaakt worden indien je een bewijs van toestemming kan aantonen van uw wettelijke voogd(en) of samen met je ouders deelneemt.
Taalkennis
Je dient over volgende taalkennis te beschikken Engels (vloeiend)
Vereiste documenten
Proof of travel Insurance docs en Proof of vaccinations
Nationaliteitsbeperkingen
Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.
Andere vaardigheden
No specific skills are required other than a love for cats and dogs, a genuine and enthusiastic need to help them and a hard working ethic.

You should be patient, caring, willing to accept new ideas and be prepared to be challenged by alternative cultural views on the treatment of animals.
Tijdsinzet
Regelmatige wekuren zijn moeilijk te bepalen. Dit hangt voornamelijk van de arbeidskracht af. Neem rechtstreeks contact op met Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers om meer informatie te krijgen over de huidige taken en objectieven.

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers

What's included in this project?

  • Pre-departure support
  • Project Information Pack
  • Informative project orientation upon arrival including location information
  • Accommodation (if a room is available but not guaranteed)
  • All necessary training by staff or volunteers
  • All necessary placement equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • 24-hour O2E emergency phone
  • Certificate of Participation, if requested
What's not included in this project?

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals
  • Local transport to the project. O2E can arrange transfers or you can take the local bus and ferry
  • Personal spending money
  • Visas and entry permits

Afhaal aan de luchthaven op Krabi Airport
Accomodatie

You will be staying on the beautiful island of Koh Lanta, which is based in the South West of Thailand, on the Andaman Sea and is still relatively unspoilt compared to many other islands in Thailand. But Koh Lanta has plenty to offer with SCUBA diving, snorkeling, boat trips, cave exploring, cookery classes, yoga and paddle boarding.

The project has limited free accommodation, so get in early, or your accommodation will be at a local bed and breakfast or eco-resort style lodging within walking distance to the project.  Volunteers must pay for their rooms and the room type and cost depends upon availability. 

Slaapzaal Bungalo
Eten & Drank
Meals are not included, however it is very cheap to eat out and the centre is located within 20 minutes walking distance of several restaurants, convenience stores and several locally run family restaurants. Volunteers are responsible for buying their own food and drinks and can easily self-cater as there is a fridge and cooking facilities. Drinking water is provided, as is tea, coffee and sugar.
Internet toegang
Makkelijke toegang op de project site
Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?
Visum, vluchten, reisverzekering en vaccinaties zijn NIET inbegrepen in de programmakosten.
Vlucht tickets
De dichtste luchthaven is Krabi Airport (KBV) in Krabi. We assisteren u met het vinden van goedkope vluchten naar Thailand.
Reisverzekering
Naar het buitenland reizen is een avontuur en het is best om goed voorbereid te zijn. Plots ziek worden of gewond raken, annulaties of diefstal - een reisverzekering voor Thailand biedt zekerheid en is een meerwaarde.
Vaccinaties
Als je de intentie hebt om als vrijwilliger aan de slag te gaan in Thailand dien je eerst medisch advies in te winnen alvorens je eropuit trekt. Kijk de benodigde vaccinaties na voor Thailand.

Data & Kosten

GEEN CREDITCARDKOSTEN

Gegevens over jouw aankomst

Volunteers can start this project Monday - Sunday, all year

To get there, fly to Krabi, Thailand. O2E can arrange an airport pick up for you.

Another option is an overnight sleeper train from Bangkok to Trang, then a bus to Koh Lanta. 

Alternatively, if you fly to Phuket you can get a bus from the airport to Koh Lanta, or take a bus to the port and get a ferry (Nov-Apr only). The journey time from Phuket is around five hours.

Beschikbaarheid
jan. feb. mrt. apr. mei jun. jul. aug. sep. okt. nov. dec.
Duurtijd
3 - 11 weken

Programmakosten

Kosten: Prijs in USD
3 weken (min. verblijf)
$ 690
4 weken
$ 691
5 weken
$ 692
6 weken
$ 693
7 weken
$ 694
8 weken
$ 695
9 weken
$ 876
11 weken (max. verblijf)
$ 877
Gemiddelde kosten
$ 155 /week

Gelieve ermee rekening te houden dat de bovenstaande programmakosten een raming zijn en beinvloed kunnen worden door mogelijke veranderingen in de wisselkoers. Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers zal je op de hoogte houden over de finale kostprijs gedurende uw aanmeldprocedure.
Waarborg (15%)
De waarborg dient om je plek als vrijwilliger te verzekeren. Betalingen worden door PayPal behandeld, onze betrouwbare betalingsprovider. Indien je niet over een PayPal account beschikt, kan je ook met een credit kaart betalen.
Finale betaling (85%)
Uw finale betaling zal worden goedgekeurd door Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers gedurende de aanmeld procedure. Veel voorkomende oplossingen zijn een banktransfer of contante betaling op de projectsite.

Waarom Volunteer World

Bijkomende zekerheid geboden door Volunteer World
Volunteer World is 's werelds leidende vergelijkingsplatform voor internationale vrijwilligerswerk projecten. Wij begeleiden jou door een betrouwbare aanmeldingsprocedure - inclusief de nodige betalingen. Plan jouw zinvolle reis met Volunteer World en krijg gratis toegang tot:
Kwaliteitsgarantie
Hoge ethische standaarden & transparantie in de sociale impact
Flex-optie
Wijzig jouw reservatie zonder extra meerkost
Garantie op terugbetaling
We betalen je kosten terug als Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers jouw reis annuleert
Ondersteuning & tussenkomst
Wij steunen je, wat er ook gebeurt, je kan altijd contact opnemen met ons
Onze diensten zijn gratis!
Alle programmakosten worden rechtstreeks gefactureerd door Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers

Wat vertellen de mensen over Volunteer World?

  Azië Zuidoost-Azië Thailand  Bangkok, Koh Lanta Yai

Thai Island Dog & Cat Shelter

This project was started in 2005 when it became apparent that dog and cat populations were spiralling out of control and cruelty to these animals was prevalent.

$155/week

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