Goa Animal Welfare

Participate in maintaining the animal rehabilitation and rescue centre for cattle, goats, dogs and cats in beautiful Goa!

These animals are invariably affected by life-threatening road accidents. Give them a new lease on life by helping them recuperate and maintain their shelter until they find new homes. During the monsoon, we go to the beach to feed the hungry animals.


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Program Description

The state of Goa has a large number of cattle freely roaming the streets. There are also a number of dogs on the beaches due to the numerous beach shacks and restaurants located on the beaches during the tourist season.

By joining this program you will have an opportunity to make a real contribution to the rescue and rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned animals. This will be done through a variety of tasks at a network of rescue centers within the North Goa region.

You will be directed by local rescue experts in daily rescue and rehabilitation tasks, which may include collecting and transporting injured, orphaned and sick animals, animal husbandry duties, basic first aid as well as the construction of animal enclosures.

You will play a major role in assisting the process of rehabilitation, recovery and release, especially for the orphaned animals that have had one or both parents killed in a road accident, and would otherwise perish without your assistance. You will feed and clean the animals while being involved in other activities.

As a general rule, we recommend never to look an animal directly in the eye, when you first meet them, as this can be seen as a sign of aggression. Try to build trust before going near them.

This project would be conducted in the mornings. If you wish, you can continue the program in the afternoon as well.

Thus, grab this rare opportunity to be part of this meaningful community program as you extend your genuine heart and hand to these injured and abandoned animals who have been deprived of their rights to be taken care and shelter of.

Besides that, you may also have the best time throughout your stay as you will engage in fun, relaxing and recreational activities held after a long day of your program alongside other participants.

Finally, you can not miss every single weekend experiencing nearby scenic views and historic places. Thus, we will make sure to assist you in organizing your weekend getaways and enjoy every bit of your time.

Add-on: +Learning

There is no +Learning add-on available for this program.

Aims & Objectives

Provide a safe haven for orphaned, injured, and sick animals and lend a helping hand in taking care of animals.


Monday to Friday

After an early breakfast, travel to the animal rehabilitation centre to participate in various activities, you will be helping with the following tasks: help to feed the animals, daily or hourly monitoring, reporting and assessing animals on each day, reporting behavioural changes each day, changing bandages where required, washing and cleaning of animals were required, administer medicine and ointments as required, cleaning enclosures and their environment  and animal enrichment please take treats along with you every day.

You will have your packed lunch at the shelter and you may continue with your work after lunch. The program will start at 9.30 a.m. and will continue till 5.00 p.m. You will get around two hours of lunch breaks in which you can rest for a while.

***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.***

Starting Dates

During 2023

This program starts every week.

During 2024

This program starts every week.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                18

Maximum age:                –

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        On Signup

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

The following are further necessary in order for both the participants, local staff and everyones involved to have a meaningful, enjoyable and safe community program.

  • Older participants or over 65 years are required to have a medical clearance as proof of their physical fitness as they may perform various activities.
  • Participants below 18 years old need a signed parental consent as proof of involvement of their children for the program. If possible, accompaniment by an adult is highly advised.
  • Due to the length and active nature of this program and as there are lots of outdoor activities under the heat of the sun, a decent level of fitness is required.
  • Excellent time management and self – organizing and strong desire to take on new challenges and learn as much as possible.
  • Recommended a COVID – 19 Vaccination, purchase travel insurance, medical and Covid – 19  insurance prior to your arrival.
  • Ensure that you have had all the necessary vaccinations before participating on the project.

Additional Equipment

Personal belongings such as:

  • Comfortable clothes, work gloves, and long pants that you do not mind getting wet or dirty all day.
  • Comfortable and sturdy shoes as there are lots of activities taken by foot.
  • Bring Personal toiletries such as basic soap, shampoo, toothpaste and towels.
  • Bring also hat, sunglasses to protect from the heat of the sun particularly during your placement activities.
  • An environmentally friendly sunscreen or lotion is also advised to protect you from the heat of the sun and please carry with you preventive agents during outdoor activities, such as mosquito repellents for insect bites or other insects that may irritate your skin.
  • Moreover, bring Medicines with you especially if you have to take specific medicines on a regular basis as well as other medicines for headaches and stomach aches.
  • Refillable water bottles and hydration packs to stay hydrated throughout the day particularly during the placement.

Dress Code:

  • Personal AppearanceYou may wish to bring a range of options from casual to business casual, similar to what you might wear at home. There is no strict restriction on the clothes you choose to wear in your free time, but please make sure you pack work clothes for the following placement.

  • Cover up as much as possible in the spirit of the local culture to avoid embarrassment.

  • Your clothes must not be too short, too tight, or too revealing. Kindly make sure your shoulders and legs are covered.
  • It is completely fine to wear western clothes as long as they fit the local standards.
  • Be thoughtful of the graphics, symbols or text printed on your clothing and avoid wearing clothing styles that might be inappropriate especially when visiting school, monasteries and Temples in your free time.