Save the Dogs is an animal welfare organisation based in Romania which comprises of three animal shelters located in the Constanta region. The organisation was founded in 2002 with the aim to promote a culture in Romania where people recognise the importance of animal welfare in their communities and where the inhumane killing of stray dogs stops.
They provide free sterilisation and registration services for dogs at their shelters and through our mobile clinic. Dogs housed at the shelters are treated as necessary and rehomed through their adoption services, both within and outside the country. They also work with local primary schools on an education programme to raise awareness on responsible dog ownership and dog bite prevention.
You would need to fly to Bucharest where you will be met by one of the team from Save the Dogs.
Daily work might include:
- Providing daily checks and treatments of shelter animals as necessary
- Assist with the routine treatments to be provided to shelter animals ( internal/ external parasite treatment, vaccinations etc)
- Perform routine sterilisations of shelter animals ( dogs and cats) as required and of Owned Dogs and Cats and possible other surgical procedures as required ( plenty of surgical experience is required)
Accommodation can be provided at a local hotel at a rate of 25 Euros a night, or volunteers may stay in a 2 rooms flat (for free) which the 3 volunteers can share: it is very basic and with limited heating so pack warm clothes!
Vets must have 5 years post graduation experience and be confident in performing sterilisation surgeries unassisted. Ideally have recent experience working within a small animal practise.
Vet nurses must have 3 years experience and ideally have supported similar spay/neuter surgeries, preparing dogs for surgery, monitoring during, drawing up meds, placing IV catheters etc.
What to pack
Volunteers should take practical / comfortable clothes to work in e.g (scrubs). If you would like to purchase a WVS scrub top please contact the office or visit our online shop.
- Practical / comfortable clothes to work in (eg. scrubs)
- Wet weather gear and warm clothing!
- Warm Hat/Gloves
- Bug spray
- Ear plugs and eye mask
- Prescriptions & over-the-counter medication (eg. Imodium, Paracetemol etc)
The project may be extremely short on certain supplies and would likely be very grateful for donations. Please get in touch with us to find out if there is anything in particular that would be helpful to bring with you. If you have any spare room in your bag on the outbound flight, it would be highly appreciated if you are able to bring some spare supplies to use during your trip. This is at your discretion and entirely optional.
It is essential that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance for this project which also covers you for veterinary work. We recommend Go Walkabout who offer tailor made travel insurance policies for WVS volunteers. Please note that fully paid members of WVS also receive a 10% discount on Go Walkabout policies.
Health & Vaccinations
This information should be used as a guide only. For up to date information on immunisations please consult your doctor. You will need to allow plenty of time before travelling for your immunisations to be effective. DO NOT LEAVE THIS UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. As you will be working with animals the Rabies and Tetanus vaccines are essential. We have provided links below to websites with useful information on immunisations and travel advice which we highly recommend that you visit.
- www.fco.gov.uk - Website of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for travel advice generally and specifically by Country.
- www.lonelyplanet.com - For help travel advice
- www.nathnac.org - Useful information on immunisations required for travel
- www.mdtravelhealth.com - Helpful travel advice website, updated daily.
UK passport holders are required to obtain a visa before travelling. Please visit the Foreign Commonwealth Office website for further details: www.fco.gov.uk. All WVS volunteers are required to organise their own visas.
There are trip dates available throughout the year. Please speak to a member of the team on +44 (0)1725 557225.
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