The animal shelter “Nadezhda” (Hope) was founded in 2011, and it looks for homes for abandoned and homeless animals. At the moment, the shelter houses130 dogs and 30 cats.
It aims to treat, train and rehouse these animals as well as to raise awareness through local events and the media.
The shelter provides necessary medical help, treatment for fleas and worms, and vaccinations against infections and rabies. Females are always sterilised. The shelter also interacts with the trapping service to remove puppies and dogs with owners from the pound. We use both online and printed advertisements, as well as outreach work in villages, to help find homes for our animals. We also work actively with the media: our animals have been featured in newspaper articles and television reports.
Volunteers’ will mainly help out in the following areas:
dog walking and training
assistance with medical treatment
organising social and awareness-raising events
assistance with building maintenance and reconstruction
The shelter’s staff members work from 10.00-17.00, but volunteers start a little later, at 12.00.
Volunteer requirements / Skills
The volunteer should:
have some experience working with dogs
not be afraid of needles (or they should be willing to overcome such a fear);
have good communication skills
know how to use a hammer
Knowledge of Russian and veterinary principles are welcomed as well as any practical skills in the treatment of injuries, intravenous therapy, vaccinations and sterilisations.