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Animal shelter in Zürich

I know there are some similar topics already, but those seemed outdated.
Me and a few friends would like to take 2-3 dogs for a walk, and make their day.

We would take them back by the end of the day.

I am looking for such a shelter around Zürich
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Re: Animal shelter in Zürich

The need for volunteers seems to be decreasing with recent moves to professionalize animal welfare efforts. Many kennels now use paid staff or interns doing a rotation as a requirement of their education.

However, there are a few Tierheim that still value volunteers. Tierheim Surber in Zürich is one. As for the rest, simply call any of the Tierheim on this list (not wholly inclusive, unfortunately) and ask if help is needed.


Do you speak German?

Be prepared to give a summary of your experience, skills, and reasons for wanting to volunteer. Many Tierheime will want to interview potential volunteers before accepting them into the program. Each of your friends will likely have to apply individually, and do be aware that generally one volunteer is in charge of one dog, the volunteer is usually not allowed to let anyone else take the lead while walking the dog. (And yes, dogs must be on lead - I don't know of any Tierheim that allows off lead volunteer walking, for obvious safety and liability reasons.)

Be aware that you might not be able to take a dog for a whole day. 'Gasi gehen' is generally a structured activity, but each Tierheim sets it's own rules and practices. Some require a training session before you take charge of one of their dogs, almost all have regulations as to your obligations and conduct while in charge of the dog, some asking you to sign a contract. Most have set times for volunteer walking. The latter is necessary to ensure the smooth running of the shelter.

Good luck with your search, hope you find your doggy companion.
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