The shelter, which takes care of dogs & cats was establish in order to meet the great need of more adequate animal care & education of the population.
The animal shelter was launched in 2013. The
need of more adequate animal care and education of the population in and
around Arusha is huge!
Always, there are 20-30 dogs, at least half of them puppies and a handful of cats. The shelter has a cat kennel, four dogs kennel, and two quarantine kennel where injured dogs and/or newcomers are being taken care of. Besides the two German founders, there are two Tanzanian staff members who care for the animals. The plan for the future is to rent an additional site in order to take care of more dogs and perform spaying and neutering themselves.
Besides caring, educating, playing and walking the dogs the creativity of the volunteers is not limited. You can become active in the area of marketing and fundraising. Currently there is an education program running in which interested participants can teach “animal welfare” in various schools in the area of the shelter. The organization works together closely with the World Wide Veterinary Service and Mission Rabies and in irregular intervals vaccination and spaying and neutering campaigns are carried out, in which every helping hand is useful.
Volunteers do not need any prior experience, nevertheless basic english knowledge, openness and love of animals are required. In addition, you shall not be afraid of dogs and dirt because for sure, you will become dirty!
The volunteers should have a rabies vaccination.
You work hours will discuss individually.
In the morning after you arrived you discuss with your supervisior the daily task.
You will check on the dogs/cats, look after the sick onces, take the dogs on their morning walk and play all animals.
Depening on the days plan you might escort dogs/cats to the veterinary in town, help with adoptions, do fundraising and marketing.
On some special days, usually weekends, a few times per year, the shelter conducts spay and neuter clinics as well as vacination campains. During those days all helping hand are needed and you will be ask to support the work.
We offer a wide range of activities at affordable rates like:
1. Hiking/Walking tours to waterfalls, through forests and around a lake.
2. Swimming in paradise like hot springs with a glimps at the Mount Kilimanjaro.
3. Cultural Tours to Maasai Markets and the possibility to visit different ethnicities.
4. Coffee Plantation Tours to learn about the process from the bean to the finished product.
5. Safari in the Nationalparks of the Northern Circuit (Arusha NP, Lake Manyara NP, Tarangire NP, Serengeti NP, Ngorongoro Conservation Area).
6. Climbing of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro.
7. FREE town tour for all our volunteers!
In your program fee the pick up and drop off from/to the airport/bus station are inculded. Martin, the founder of Viva Tanzania will be at the airport/bus stand with our "Viva Tanzania"-Pick up sign just in time when you plane lands/your bus arrives. And after your volunteer experience, when it's time to say good bye we will take you to the airport/bus stand for the farewell.
The hostel has different dorms; each contain comfortable beds & shelves to store belongings. Accommodation in a single room possible (extra charge). The hostel is located 25 walking minutes from the city center. Although the hostel is close to the busy town the house is surrounded by a green environment. In the garden there are different fruits. Bella, Luna & Takwa, the three dogs are part of the family. The house is equipped with hot water showers and the possibility to use the kitchen.
Breakfast will contain tea and coffee, bread, margarine, honey, jam, peanut butter, as well as fruits and vegetable. Dinner will be international as we cook Tanzanian as well as Western Food. Don‘t worry if you are vegetarian (like Tizia), vegan or have any allergy, we can cope with everything. The hostel is also equipped with a fridge and shelves to store your own groceries.