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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I know there are some similar topics already, but those seemed outdated.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.

http://www.tierheime.ch/tierheime/zuerich/index.html

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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Re: Animal shelter in Zürich

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Yet their need for charity donations seems to be constant. What's wrong with donating time?
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It is, IMO, an unfortunate trend. Part of what may be driving this is that needs seem to be changing.

A good number of shelters take on students who are required to do a Pratikum for their certification and so have less need for volunteers.

There are also fewer 'Swiss' dogs in shelters, a big win for the Tierschutz efforts. Some Swiss Tierheim are taking in dogs from across borders as they now have excess capacity, but others are moving to concentrate on their holiday and boarding businesses.

(There are still thousands of homeless Swiss cats, however. Oh how I wish the rules that have successfully changed dog ownership would be considered for cats!)

There is also this initiative to professionalize animal welfare work. Will this be a sign of things to come for the volunteer sector?
https://www.tierimrecht.org/de/news/...-schweiz-vats/

The space where there is still some need for volunteers in Switzerland is with some of the newer organizations who work with animals abroad.

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It's a shame to see volunteerism diminishing in value in Switzerland.

None of this is exactly new - when I moved here 20 years ago wanting to donate my time, skills, experience I found little interest in Switzerland. Every group I contacted wanted my money, few had interest in help from an eager foreigner. So I looked across the border and began volunteering with a group in Germany - where pretty much all open hearts and willing hands were needed.

Pendula swing back and forth - perhaps in the future there will be more value placed on volunteers within the animal welfare sector.

Until then, those eager to help should simply keep an eye out, check the local shelters regularly to see if there is new need. Get to know the shelter staff - like searching for a paid job, networking helps in finding volunteer opportunities.

Or look to doing something privately. A need in my area is helping out elderly pet owners, either with walks, transportation to the vet, or fetching heavy purchases like dog food or cat litter. There is no organization that deals with this (that I know of), one simply hears through the grapevine and offers help if appropriate.

But every group does indeed seem to need money - prices are so high in Switzerland that funds are always short. So even if one does not get the same feeling of being involved in something good that volunteering brings, at least you know that your financial help is appreciated.

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Re: Animal shelter in Zürich

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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
Go to this shelter. The link is below. It is one of the BIGGGEST in the area WITH A LOT T OF DOGS and they are looking for a long term committed volunteers. Some of the dogs are “hard core abused cases” from Spain, Italy and/Romania... (shy pups, sitting in the corner..) those require a lot of patience/experience/ love. The people who work there speak English and are very friendly:

http://www.strubeli.chand
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Re: Animal shelter in Zürich

I think you have an extra 'and' in your link, Newtoall:

http://www.strubeli.ch/index.php
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Re: Animal shelter in Zürich

I used to volunteer at Tierheim Pfötli, they are always looking for volunteers for various jobs around the shelter.
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