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Incredible animals are waiting for you in our hospital and sanctuary!

Volunteers play a special role in the welfare of our animals, both those living here permanently and those who are temporarily in our hospital. They comfort injured animals, assist with physio and hydrotherapy, feed orphaned calves, brush handicapped donkeys and much more. You can come and volunteer for a few hours, a few days or a few months - no booking required!

We're back! Limited visiting hours

Our shelter is now open to visitors and volunteers every Saturday from 2PM to 5PM.

A tour is offered at 2.30PM, please try to arrive 10-15 before the start of the tour.


Please note: the shelter remains closed to visitors and volunteers all other days of the week.

All of the information below applies to non-COVID-19 times.

Volunteering with us is easy!

You don’t have to send an application and there are no fees. You are always welcome.

If you're planning to come for a period longer than a week or in a group of 4+ people, we would appreciate if you could give a heads-up using the form below.

Volunteer contact form

Volunteer orientation

On your first day, we will take you on a 40 minute tour of the shelter, introduce you to the animals and the different areas and show you how we care for them. Tours are at 10:30, 12:00, 2:30, 3:30. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your tour.

After the tour, our volunteer coordinator will give you a safety and activities orientation and make your personal schedule. There will always be a volunteer coordinator on hand to guide and work with you.

Directions and information to plan your visit

Love heals

You will be encouraged to spend lots of time cuddling and socializing with our sanctuary dogs, particularly those with disabilities who thrive on special attention and one-on-one time with volunteers.

Dogs recovering from accidents with spinal trauma need physical therapy and lots of love to keep their spirits up while they heal.

Other help will include bottle feeding milk to orphaned calves, brushing donkeys, assisting in physical therapy, hydrotherapy, bathing the buffaloes, bathing and brushing dogs, among many other things!

Snapshots of volunteers at Animal Aid


We encourage you to have your rabies vaccinations complete at least one month before coming to volunteer, especially if you are going to be volunteering for several weeks or longer. You will be able to help by walking dogs, socializing and bathing dogs who have recently been rescued and are receiving treatment alongside other volunteering activities.

If you are not vaccinated, you can still volunteer, but you won’t be able to enter our dog treatment areas for your safety (although you will be so busy either way that you won’t even notice any limitations!)

Children aged between 8 and 14 are welcome to visit the shelter, but they won’t be able to volunteer. There will be limited access to the areas but they are welcome to stay up to half a day with our friendly sheep, goats and calves with parental supervision. Teenagers aged 14-18 are welcome to volunteer with a parent or guardian accompanying them at all times.

Our volunteer coordinator will create a schedule suited to the experience level of each volunteer to ensure the safety of the volunteer and the animals.


In kind donations

Many future volunteers ask what they can bring as a donation to Animal Aid.

We prefer monetary donations as they allow us to plan and manage our resources, as well as make bulk purchases and get more value from each donation (you can set up your monthly donation here). However, there are specific items that are not easily available in India. Check out our list to know what we might need. You can email us at [email protected] for the most up-to-date information, or to confirm items that are not listed before bringing them.

In kind donations wishlist

Watch our intro to volunteering video

More questions?

Since we know you will have plenty of other questions, we prepared a short but comprehensive guide that you can download here.

For directions to our shelter, check out our Plan your visit page. For all other questions, check out the FAQs, or email us at [email protected].

Download our Volunteer Introductory Guide

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