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Visiting a tierheim in Zug or Zürich?

Is it possible to visit a tierheim or a katzenheim in Zug or Zürich? I would like to go and see the animals, maybe walk or hold a few of them - basically just volunteer some of my time to be with them, but am not sure if other people do this or if it is allowed.
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Re: Visiting a tierheim in Zug or Zürich?

Some of the shelters do indeed have need of volunteers - you would contact each shelter directly, ask about the possibilities. Unlike shelters in many other countries, some of the animal care work is 'professional' here in Switzerland - but there is still often need for volunteers. Glad to hear you want to help!

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I I would like to go and see the animals, maybe walk or hold a few of them - basically just volunteer some of my time to be with them, but am not sure if other people do this or if it is allowed.
One comment, though - based on what you wrote, you give the impression that you just want to sort of casually visit. Thinking of the way many shelters here are run, 'maybe walk or hold a few of them' might not be helpful, and would often be disruptive - so heads-up: you might want to take a different approach when you contact the shelter.

Many shelters need volunteers to do specific tasks, and ask for a minimum time commitment. So think about what you can do, how much time you have to give. Be sure to highlight your skills and experience when speaking to the shelter.

Many Tierheim will have a page on their websites detailing what kind of volunteer help is needed - be sure you address those needs specifically, focus on how you can contribute to the shelter's activities.

Also - how's your German or Swiss German? You don't need to be fluent or even good - but often do need to have basic communication as other staff might not have English.

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As you've put this in 'Travel/Day Trips/Free Time... Just want to point out that some shelters here in Switzerland are not open to the public as some are in other countries. When one wishes to meet an animal with a view to adoption one makes an appointment to meet that specific animal. Today often the thinking in shelter management is that visitors wandering around has the potential to distress animals in a kennel situation. Some do allow casual visits, though - visiting policies are up to the individual shelter, you would want to contact each Tierheim first.

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Volunteering is a very rewarding experience - good on ya for wanting to help.

All the best.

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Re: Visiting a tierheim in Zug or Zürich?

In Oberbottigen, near the West Side shopping center in Bern, is a Tierheim. You take your ID and a Handy phone, and sign the book, and then they give you a dog to walk for a day. They need you to bring it back before closing time.

I find this very rewarding, the dogs love to get out, but you MUST keep them on the lead! Strangely they are all keen to return, but they are probably expecting their evening meal.

http://yellow.local.ch/en/d/Bern/301...n+%28Region%29
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Re: Visiting a tierheim in Zug or Zürich?

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Is it possible to visit a tierheim or a katzenheim in Zug or Zürich? I would like to go and see the animals, maybe walk or hold a few of them - basically just volunteer some of my time to be with them, but am not sure if other people do this or if it is allowed.
We went to walk a few dogs in the Tierheim in Kloten, near Zurich.
In the past we didn't find one that was easily accessible by the public in canton Zug though.

But look what I just found. See here for address:
http://www.tsvzug.ch/tierheim.html
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