Want to be an animal shelter volunteer? Check these 15 places out!
Are you concerned about animal welfare? Do you love animals but are unable to own a pet?
Try being an animal shelter volunteer and you’ll get to interact with animals while doing social good!
Many animal shelters in Singapore depend on volunteers to ensure smooth, continuous operations. From helping out with publicity to pet-sitting, being an animal shelter volunteer is guaranteed to be a fun, fulfilling experience.
Sounds interesting? Studyramen has curated a list of 15 different animal shelters that you can start volunteering at during the school holidays or your free time!
1. Kitten Sanctuary Singapore (KiSS)
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If you adore kittens and cats, try being an animal shelter volunteer at KiSS to improve the lives of strays and help them find their forever home!
KiSS is a non-profit animal welfare group (AWG) that focuses on the rescue and rehabilitation of Singapore’s stray cats and kittens, and teaches others how to prepare to live with a cat.
They’re looking for volunteers who’re 21 years old and above. Volunteers will have to come weekly with a minimum of 3 months (12 times).
2. Action for Singapore Dogs (ASD)
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Ever felt helpless seeing homeless or abandoned dogs on the streets of Singapore and wished you could do more? In that case, being an animal shelter volunteer at ASD may be for you!
ASD offers plenty of volunteering opportunities such as rescuing, rehoming, fostering, fundraising, publicity, helping with logistics and transport, or being a volunteer at their Adoption & Rescue Centre (ARC).
3. Animal Lovers League (ALL)
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A strictly no-kill animal shelter, ALL houses more than 500 dogs and cats that range from rescues, strays, and abandoned pets.
Animal shelter volunteers at ALL can expect to do tasks related to animal care like cleaning the shelter grounds, feeding, showering and walking the dogs, and fixing the facility.
Besides animal care and grooming, there are volunteering opportunities in tending merchandise booths and handling dogs at adoption drives.
They also require volunteers for writing, photography, and merchandise designing if you have the talent for these!
They’re only accepting volunteers who’re 18 years old and above.
4. Oasis Second Chance Animal Shelter (OSCAS)
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Look no further if you’re interested in being an animal shelter volunteer who wants to do education and outreach. OSCAS’ goal is to raise awareness about the plight of stray dogs through educational talks and more.
OSCAS also offers volunteering opportunities in the areas of animal welfare, events & fundraising, PR & media, rehoming & sponsorship, and transport.
The minimum age for volunteering under animal welfare tasks is 18 years old. Also, a weekly commitment is needed for at least 6 months.
Alternatively, there are volunteering opportunities under education and outreach that accepts those who’re 15 years old and above!
5. Cat Welfare Society (CWS)
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The Cat Welfare Society believes that “every cat should live a life free from fear and suffering”. They are a charity organisation that is committed to creating a humane society where every cat is treated well.
If their mission and values resonate with you, do apply to be an animal shelter volunteer at the Cat Welfare Society!
For students, volunteer opportunities abound. From manning booths at events to selling CWS merch, there’s definitely something for you!
6. Save Our Street Dogs (SOSD)
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SOSD was founded by volunteers who strongly advocate against the culling of stray canines.
If you’re passionate about battling animal cruelty and are concerned about animal welfare in general, you may be a perfect fit for SOSD!
Animal shelter volunteers at SOSD are sorted into various teams, such as Team TNR (trap, neuter, release), whose tasks range from sterilising dogs to arranging for them to be released back to their original habitat.
7. Love Kuching Project
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Love Kuching Project is a cat welfare group that specialises in the care and rescue of stray cats. One highlight is that they frequently do cat therapy with voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs)!
While they may not list any opportunities for volunteering, it doesn’t hurt to contact them directly to see if they require any help! Most of their volunteers are involved in fostering the cats before adoption.
If you think you have the time and space to spare, why not try being a cat fosterer? Email them at email@example.com to start being an animal shelter volunteer for the Love Kuching Project today.
8. Uncle Khoe’s K9 shelter
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Started by one “Uncle” Johnny Khoe, Uncle Khoe’s K9 is an animal shelter dedicated to the stray dogs of Singapore.
Uncle Khoe is sincere in his passion in helping dogs; even when he suffered from a mild stroke, he still insisted on going on his feeding rounds! Volunteer duties include walking, bathing, and feeding the dogs.
If you’re equally as passionate about helping the cause, you can try applying to be a volunteer at Uncle Khoe’s K9 animal shelter.
9. Causes for Animals Singapore (CAS)
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CAS’ slogan is “Helping the helpless, loving the loveless”. True to this, they’re greatly involved in many areas of the animal shelter scene, such as adoption, rehabilitation, fostering, education, and much more!
Like all the other animal shelters, CAS is entirely volunteer-run so any help they can get is appreciated. You can be an animal shelter volunteer involved in the publicity team, events team, adoption centre team!
10. Acres Wildlife Rescue Centre
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A big part of what drives Acres to help wildlife in need is the fact that animals are sentient beings (i.e. they’re intelligent and can experience complex emotions).
Acres is proactive in tackling the wildlife trade and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. Over the years, they’ve created a sanctuary where injured and traumatised wildlife in Singapore can recover.
Being an animal shelter volunteer at Acres, you can expect to be involved in wildlife rescue and wildlife sanctuary care! You have to be at least 18 years old to volunteer with them.
11. The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum
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;The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum boasts a variety of turtle and tortoise species, and you can help volunteer to take care of them.
Volunteers are tasked with preparing vegetables, pellets or fish for the turtles; recording their appetite levels, cleaning their enclosures, and conducting routine health checks.
They are looking for hardworking and trustworthy volunteers who are at least 16 years of age, and who’re comfortable with working outdoors and around turtles.
Volunteers are required to commit, at minimum, to a progressive 5-day volunteering programme. These 5 days can be spread across a 5-week time frame.
Sourced from Mercylight
Mercylight has its humble beginnings where a volunteer gave her chicken rice to one starving dog. Soon, it turned into a routine feeding for stray dogs on the east side of Singapore!
Mercylight is now a sanctuary for dogs, and its volunteers are feeders, kennel workers, fosterers, and packers!
13. Noah’s Ark Cares (NA CARES)
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Noah’s Ark Cares mainly does trap-neuter-release (TNR) projects for strays in industrial areas and manages an animal shelter on Jurong Island. Every year, they work hard to sterilise an average of 150 animals.
Their Jurong Island shelter requires plenty of manpower and resources everyday, so if you’d like to keep operations running smoothly, do join and be an animal shelter volunteer for NA CARES!
Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch and relay your interest in being a volunteer!
14. Exclusively Mongrels (EM)
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Specialising in the care of the Singapore Special breed of canines, Exclusively Mongrels champions the welfare of these street dogs!
They work hard to educate the public about misconceptions and stereotypes that Singapore Specials aren’t as good as purebreds.
While they don’t have a physical shelter, EM is always looking for eager volunteers to help out with fostering and adoption!
15. Mutts and Mittens
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Home to approximately 180 dogs and cats, Mutts and Mittens focuses on caring for older animals of all breeds and temperaments.
They often require volunteers to walk the dogs and clean and maintain the kennels!
They do volunteer recruitment drives on their Facebook page, so do keep a lookout if you’re interested in being an animal shelter volunteer for Mutts and Mittens.
Almost all animal shelters in Singapore today are volunteer-run, so they often require a steady stream of volunteers who can commit for the medium and long-term.