HOW YOU CAN HELP
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Volunteering at The Dog Rose is a wonderful experience for dogs and humans. As a volunteer you will be integrated into the daily routine with our local crew. You get to spend lots of time with our dogs when they are out on the play grounds. They will enjoy socialising with you and learn to trust new people. If needed you will be helping with cleaning playgrounds and compartments or other work at the shelter.
If you bring special skills like: dog behaviour, training with children and teenagers, photography, handicraft, we will integrate all your skills into your volunteer program. More information on volunteering with us, click on the button below.
If you are interested, please click on the button below and send us your application:
- Send Application formAfter we received your application form we send you a response within 24 hours.
- Agree an Interview dateWe will meet in a coffee shop or via Skype and discuss volunteering with us. We respond to all your questions.
- Time to think about itYou get to think about all the information you were given and let you us know if you want to come.
- Send final application form inFill in the dates you can come, what your special interests are and all the other information.
- Pay the volunteer feeWith the application form please pay the full volunteer fee.
- Book travels and hotelWhen you are booking your flight from and to Switzerland, please always book a transport crate on the return flight. If we have a dog adopted and ready to travel to Switzerland you can be his flight sponsor. We will support you and provide you with more information to traveling with a dog. We assist you with the hotel booking and other reservations.
- Discuss volunteer program detailsWe will discuss your volunteer program and personalise it to your interests and skills. If you stay for more than a week we will help you to organise some sight seeing in and around Bucharest if you are interested.
- Start volunteer programOur team will welcome you at the airport in Bucharest and bring you to the hotel. You will discuss your first day at the shelter. The first day at the shelter you will be shown around, told about the shelter rules and get to meet our dogs.
- Complete taks of the volunteer programYou will enjoy doing your tasks and have a wonderful time at our shelter with our dogs.
- Send feedback reportWe will meet with you to talk about your experience and we are happy to have your feedback to learn how to improve the experience at the shelter.
- Get a wonderful volunteer certificateWe send you a certificate for your tremendous work with us
Frequently asked questions
EUR 500.- per week
EUR 100.- for professionals eg vet that come to help with spaying, dog trainers and similar
Included are: Pick up/Drop off at the airport, organsation of program and assistance
Excluded are: travel, hotel and food costs
Cost is depending on the accommodation you choose from our list. Our hotel list click here. A good hotel is about EUR 30-50 a night
Food Cost: It depends what restaurants you choose. Generally it can be said that eating out in Romania is cheap compared to other European cities:
– a meal is about EUR 7-10
Generally the work at the shelter for volunteers starts between 9-10 am. In summer it maybe suitable to start earlier as it is very hot during lunch time and the afternoon and the dogs are not very active then.
The shelter is located in Pioresti. Here is a link to Google Map.
We recommend you bring robust clothing as when the dogs are excited they love to jump up. We also recommend comfortable (closed-toe) shoes as you will be on your feet for a lot of the day.. Further details you find in the general volunteer booklet
It is depending on the rental company you are choosing and the season of the year you are coming. We have had good experiences with www.klassenwagen.ro or www.rentalcars.com
If you are staying in Bucharest there is the option to commute by train. The train runs every hour to the shelter. The station to get off is called Crivina.
By Transfer through our staff:
If you are staying on the way of our employees to the shelter, they can take you along.
We recommend the usual vaccination. Romania does not have rabies anymore, but some travel medicine pages recommend the vaccination if you work with animals. All our dogs at the shelter are vaccinated against rabies. For further professional advice please check out your local travel medicine page. Here for Switzerland
When working with living animals there is always the risk that you can be bitten. In general our dogs are really friendly and volunteers will be informed during the instruction at the shelter which dogs have which habits, so you know when meeting them how to interact.
Romania is safe to be on your own. You have to take the same precautions as at home eg. Do not leave your valuables unattended.
It is always good to know a couple of words in the language of the country you are going to, but our volunteer responsible speaks English, so no extended Romanian knowledge required.
A basic knowledge about dogs and their behavior is useful, to understand their reaction. We can recommend you the book ‘Calming Signs’ written by Turid Rugaas.
From our volunteers
Whenever I visit The Dog Rose I am flooded with the joy and love of 200 dogs. It just feels great to see all these great animals so happy. When I return home I feel like I've made a difference and I am already looking forward to the next time!Tobias FueterFilm Director, Co-Founder of The Dog Rose
Visiting Romania can be tough, it's sobering to see stray dogs on every corner and to learn about the mistreatment of animals, however, The Dog Rose is a breath of fresh air. I have visited The Dog Rose twice now and have had the most amazing experience, the dogs are so happy and have the most beautiful space to run around and play. I particularly enjoyed socialising the more nervous dogs and found it hugely rewarding seeing them progress. I can't wait to go back soon!AliciaRehoming and Operations Manager at the Wild at Heart Foundation
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