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Animal shelter volunteering

Hi there anyone know of or have experience volunteering in an animal shelter here in Zurich. Id like to volunteer but dont speak german very well . I messaged Zürcher Tierschutz but they are too busy at the moment to train any volunteers. Any info would be great , Id just like to volunteer and work with animals here so if anyone knows any other organisations I could try that would be great too.
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Re: Animal shelter volunteering

My brother-in-law is a vet here in SUI. Next time I see him I will ask and Pm you if I get helpfull info.

Good luck and work on the german.
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Re: Animal shelter volunteering

It can be difficult finding animal-related volunteer opportunities in Switzerland because much of the work that would be done by volunteers in other countries has been professionalized here. Additionally, animal care diploma programs require an internship in an animal shelter, so some of the volunteer programs are reserved for students.

While volunteer hands-on work with the animals can be harder to find, if you could offer fundraising skills you might find more doors open there.

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That said, it isn't impossible to volunteer, you just have to work a bit harder to find an opportunity. Simply inquire with all the rescue groups in your commutable area.

Some shelters who use voluntary help have an application form on their website - fill out the form, as inquiries via other means are likely disregarded.

For those who do not have a formal application process set up, write a letter detailing your experience and discussing your motivation to volunteer, include your availability and length of time you can commit. Then follow up with a phone call a short time later.

Volunteer dog walking - Gassigehen, Spaziergang, etc - is the way most people start volunteering. There are more opportunities here, especially if you can give of your time during the week.
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A word of warning - some facility with local language is generally needed. You don't need to be fluent, but you should have basic functionality.

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Would you consider volunteering outside Switzerland?

That's what I did. When I first looked into volunteer work I ran up against the usual barriers here, so I looked in Germany, where the need is great and more of a 'volunteer spirit' can be found. Simply start researching groups in other countries - when you find one whose ethos and mission matches your own, inquire as to how you might help.

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Another possibility is 'unofficial' volunteering - again, something I do. I help out seniors in the neighborhood as-and-when, driving an elderly owner and her cat to the vet or pet store, walking a dog while the owner is sick, etc. While you don't get the social interaction that drives many of us to volunteer with official programs, there is still a great deal of satisfaction in helping out. Often this kind of thing is all that is needed to help an elderly person keep their loyal friend with them - thus preventing another pet from landing in a shelter.

I got started doing this from a random chat with someone involved in a senior services group, and simply let it be known that I would be willing to help occasionally.

You might approach the local senior services center in your town, see if there is any need.

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Good for you for wanting to get involved - and best of luck.
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Re: Animal shelter volunteering

Oisink, if you drive you might be interested in getting involved in the Tierrettungsdienst - these are the folks who are called to help when an animal is found wandering or injured on the street. These good folks help catch the animal, perform first aid, bring the animal to the Tierspital.

This requires a serious commitment, as well as attending the Tierrettungsdienst training program.

An information meeting is being held on Saturday 8 August at 13:00 at Tierheim Pfötli in Winkel. (Not far from the airport.)

More info here:

http://www.tierrettungsdienst.ch/h/f...arbeit_197.php


My sitter did this for many years. She said it was a very rewarding experience.

(And served her well in her second career as a sitter - her experience with Tierrettungsdienst means that she can handle any emergency that might arise.)
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Re: Animal shelter volunteering

https://www.youtube.ch/watch?v=wV92bw6Np24 from 'the gentle barn'

I'm posting here, not sure if that's right, (closest/most recent thread found) and anyone reading must be interested and caring, regarding animals and their welfare and so might like to view.
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Re: Animal shelter volunteering

Maybe it is a bit on the political side but:

http://www.tierpartei.ch/

Also http://www.stmz.ch/ They look for people who can help in case of lost/found animals or more. You can write to them. Transportation or such stuff they sometimes need.

But yes, in general here they don't need much help except for taking the shelter dogs out for a walk sometimes.
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Re: Animal shelter volunteering

WWF Switzerland offers volunteer opportunities, more under https://freiwilligenportal.wwf.ch.

If you are multilingual, PM me and I'll forward your application to their translation staff.

UNV (United Nations Online Volunteer) is a database of NGOs in need of support (ranging from finance, to IT, translating and project management) https://www.onlinevolunteering.org/en/index.html


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