Living in Spain and want to volunteer?

What can I do to help?

There are so many ways you can help.

How?

Please complete the form at the bottom of the page

The Animal Shelter

Dogs and cats are continually brought to the shelter (sometimes even abandoned overnight outside the gates) and we work tirelessly to better the lives of these animals and find them loving, forever homes.

The help we need is with

  • Keeping everything clean and well organised
  • Feeding the animals
  • Comforting them
  • Exercising/training/walking dogs
  • Preparing them in every way for adoption or fostering
  • Administering medication where necessary

Other areas of our work

We always need people who can promote our activity by doing all sorts of practical work, representing our cause with others, preparing information and helping our development.

Areas of activity include:

  • Working in our fundraising outlets – various activities including dealing with the public and giving out information
  • Fundraising
  • Event organisation and operation
  • Distributing newsletters & extending our coverage
  • Finance
  • Planning & Administration
  • Translation – English to Spanish
  • Promoting PAWS-PATAS in the Spanish community
  • IT
  • Help with PR, Publicity & Copywriting
  • DIY & Gardening
  • Driving – local & for animal transports to UK and Holland

What can you expect as a volunteer?

You will be given all the help and support you need to undertake the activities you are involved in. There will always be someone to speak to if a problem arises. You may have a rota to work to, with flexibility for it to be varied when the need arises. Teamwork is the watchword in everything we do. We want you to feel part of the team from the outset. We value everything our volunteers contribute – we celebrate success and give feedback regularly. You will make a very important contribution to our ongoing ability to help abandoned and mistreated animals in the area. And you will have a good time while working with animals and people.

What are the benefits of volunteering?

1. Meet new friends. You will be surrounded by people who love animals as much as you do. This widens your social circle and brings you into contact with others who share your interest in helping animals.

2. Your efforts will help our animals. Animals coming into our shelter have varying needs. Giving ‘TLC’ whilst, at the same time, caring for their health is very important. Animals that are happy and healthy have a higher chance of being adopted.

3. Boost your mood — and your health. Volunteering gives a sense of satisfaction for helping others, can lower stress, make you feel needed and appreciated, and increase happiness (a study in Natural Health magazine in 2007 proved this).

4. Gain experience. Whether you’re answering phones, helping with admin, or grooming animals, you are gaining experience that can have great benefits in other areas of your life – e.g. for finding a job, inclusion in a CV.

5. Become part of a very important team. You could be that very valuable extra pair of hands that helps to get another animal adopted, achieves further donations or encourages a new person to volunteer.