Assist with the neutering of
500 dogs per month
Assist regardless of your experience
Thailand Community Dog Clinic
Assist within a busy clinic that was set up specifically to help deal with the overpopulation of street cats and dogs in the area. This is your chance to gain valuable experience in a high-volume neutering surgery, with over 500 animals treated every month.
This local community project is working together with local governments, businesses and individuals to act as a focal point for sterilisation and vaccinating animals on a daily basis.
Using modern techniques and equipment, you will be able to work closely with the veterinary team, observing and assisting with various vital tasks.
The clinic is a short distance from the beach and close to the major tourist towns of Hua Hin and Cha Am with plenty of activities to do in your free time.
It is estimated that there are upwards of one million stray dogs (commonly referred to as soi dogs) wandering the streets in Thailand. Over the last five decades, there have been numerous schemes and policies put into place to help try and combat the problem, but all have failed.
Some of these have included euthanising over 200 dogs each and every day, creating a register of all dogs owned and several other sterilization programmes – with most ceasing to operate.
With outbreaks of rabies in the surrounding areas, it is vital that this problem is managed in a sustainable long-term manner. Vaccinating street animals against rabies is essential in tackling this problem head on, which not only affects animal welfare, but also human health.
The purpose-built clinic has modern operating theatres that provides a sterile and a well organised environment for local staff and volunteers to carry out this big task. Using all of latest surgical techniques and anaesthesia, the team are able to currently neuter / castrate and vaccinate around 500 animals per month.
Using minimally invasive surgery and modern materials the team are able to operate quickly with minimal risks of complications. Being able to return animals to their area on the same day ensures the least amount of stress for the animal and any potential problems.
You’re able to work closely with our veterinary team, observing and assisting with various tasks. You can volunteer with dogs and cats regardless of experience, so long as you want to enhance animal care in this local community project. We encourage veterinarians, veterinary technicians, veterinary students and general animal lovers to apply.
Some duties include patient admission, administering sedatives and other medications, preparing animals for surgery, assisting with surgery, monitoring patients, wound care, monitoring recovery, discharging patients, keeping the clinic clean and general clinic tasks.
However, we would like to note that non-veterinary professionals at this project mostly assist with animal admissions, patient logging, cleaning and observation of patients and anything else required at the time. This will of course mean spending lots of times caring for these adorable animals, making sure they reach their full strength to return.
Accommodation & meals
Accommodation & meals
You will be living in the volunteer accommodation next door to the community clinic - a very short commute! The clinic is a short distance from the beach and close to the major tourist towns of Hua Hin and Cha Am with plenty of activities to do in your free time.
The comfortable accommodation has several communal areas where everyone gathers at night to share stories and to play games. The fully equipped kitchen is ideal for making snacks and drinks.
You will be sleeping large bedrooms with air-conditioning with up to two other volunteers. The communal bathroom has a western style toilet and hot water - although this can be intermittent.
All rooms have electric where you can charge phones and cameras. The on-site cleaner cleans the rooms on a weekly basis and provides fresh linen.
Friends, couples and families can request a private room, although this cannot be guaranteed as it depends on availability.
All of your meals are provided within the programme fee during your stay with us in Thailand. You will prepare your own breakfast and then the local team will prepare and cook your lunch and dinner – a delicious buffet.
Meals are mainly traditional and local Thai cuisine with some western meals provided on a weekly basis.
Clean drinking water is provided in a number of locations on-site for volunteers.
Here is an example of some of the meals you can expect:
Breakfast – Bread, jam, fruit, tea
Lunch – Chicken, rice, vegetables
Dinner – Noodles, pork, fish, soup, rice
We are able to cater for several dietary requirements, please state any when applying.
All of the below prices exclude the £149 registration fee. The total price payable is the below price + £149, as will be confirmed in the application process. To find out exactly what's included as part of fees, please click the What's Included box on the programme page.
The fees you pay go towards the structure and support put in place in order to provide you with an organised and safe environment in which to volunteer. The programme fee goes directly to our local team in Thailand and is used towards the following:
- Airport pickup (6am-2pm)
- All meals (on volunteering days)
- In-country orientation
- 24-hour in-country support
The registration fee that you pay to confirm your place on the volunteer programme is retained by our team in the United Kingdom. This fee is used towards the following:
- 24-hour UK based emergency support
- Unlimited telephone and email support
- A comprehensive volunteer handbook
- Assistance with all aspects of your trip
- 100% financial protection
- Regular programme inspections
- Certificate of completion
What's not included
There are still some parts of your trip that will need to be funded by yourself, these include:
- Flights to Bangkok (£500- £700)
- Travel insurance (£18 per week)
- The transfer back to the airport (£20- £50)
- Visa (£0)
- Criminal background check (£25)
- Spending money (estimated at £50 - £100 per week)
Frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions
What are the requirements to join?
We welcome all volunteers from any background, religion and nationality, as long as you have no criminal convictions and are able to supply a clean criminal background check. In order to join the programme you need to be at least 18 years old on the programme start date.
Individuals need to have a good level / understanding of English but it does not need to be your first language. As some programmes can be quite strenuous, we recommend that you should be physically fit.
What date should I arrive and leave?
You should arrive at Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) in Bangkok on your selected start date, being any Sunday. Please ensure your flight lands between 6am and 2pm for the pickup to be included. You will be met by one of our local team members or an appointed driver who will be holding a named sign and who will then take you straight to wildlife rescue centre - around 3 hours away.
The programme ends on a Sunday of your final week and you should depart the accommodation on this day. Our local team will be happy to help organise any onward journeys or book transport back to the airport.
Are there any age restrictions for solo travellers?
The only age restriction in place is that you have to be at least 18 years old before your programme start date. Anyone over this age is welcome. Generally the average age range for our programmes is 18 - 25, although this is by no means definitive and we regularly have volunteers of all ages.
When should I apply for the programme?
You can apply for this programme at anytime, however we advise that you apply as soon as possible to have the best chances of securing your placement on your selected dates. Some of our programmes have limited capacity and spaces can get filled up quickly.
If you are wanting to volunteer within the next few weeks, then please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
It is possible to change your start dates once you have been accepted, however this is subject to availability and can attract a small administration fee.
What duration would you recommend?
On gaining feedback from previous volunteers, we believe 3 - 6 weeks is the ideal time to get settled in and really involved with the programme. This also allows you to make the most of your free time, to explore this beautiful country and to participate in any activities.
We regularly have volunteers come for 1 to 2 weeks that tell us that they did not believe they had enough time and wish they had stayed for longer.
What will my itinerary be?
Please make sure you arrive into Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) in Bangkok on your selected start date, being any Sunday.
Day 1 (Sunday) – Arrival
A member of our local team will be waiting for you in arrivals holding a named sign. Depending if any further flights are arriving shortly afterwards, you will make the journey down to the wildlife rescue centre - around a 3 hour drive. After being shown around you will get your orientation and induction, before being transported over to the clinic accommodation.
You will typically working 5 days per week, starting around 8:30am and finishing around 17:00pm.
Tasks are set by our local coordinator in the morning and are dependent on the centres needs at the time.
Please have a read under the activities section on the main overview tab for some of things you will be getting up too.
Your evenings and at least one day per week are free for you to explore the beautiful local area. With two popular beach resorts nearby that have many bars and restaurants as well as 3 amazing national parks where you can head off on safari you really are spoilt for choice.
Last day (Sunday)
Time has flown by and it is already time to leave. If you are heading home then our local team can arrange your return airport transfer (not included within the programme fee) or recommend plans for your onwards journey.
How will I get to the project?
As you will be living on the project site, all activities are accessible by foot.
Is there Internet and phone signal?
There is Wi-Fi within the volunteer accommodation although this can be intermittent. If you are wanting to call home or use the internet while out and about, we recommend that you bring an unlocked phone and purchase a local sim card - our local team can assist.
What is the local area like?
The centre is located in a tropical region about 160km south of Bangkok. Situated close to two popular beach resorts that have many bars and restaurants as well as 3 amazing national parks where you can head off on safari you really are spoilt for choice.
The Mighty Roar Local Team in Thailand
Our programmes in Thailand are run by our dedicated local team, who are committed to ensuring you have the best time ever. Our team provide the structure for your stay, including the accommodation, meals, airport pickup, in-country orientation and of course support.
They are sure to become your good friends and you will not meet nicer people that are willing to do everything in their power to make your stay the most memorable.
Will I get an in-country orientation?
Yes. Your orientation will be within your first day or two and will go through all of the important aspects relating to your trip.
What is the weather like in Thailand?
Thailand has a tropical climate and you can be generally sure of high temperatures all year round.
It is generally hottest in April and May where temperatures rarely fall below 30ºC and the rainy season is between May and October. Please do not let this put you off though, as with most tropical climates the rainfall comes in short, sharp bursts, meaning it is dry for the most part of the day.
Can I volunteer if I live outside of the UK?
Yes of course. We welcome volunteers from around the world, no matter how far away from the programmes you are. The majority of volunteers that we host, come from the UK, US, Germany, Canada and Australia.
Can I go with my friend / partner?
We have many volunteers that travel with their friends, family members or with their partner. If required, we can ensure that you are based on the same project and stay within the same accommodation. On request, we can normally organise a private room too.
Is it safe to travel to Thailand?
We regularly visit and participate in each and every one of the programmes we offer in Thailand to rigorously check all aspects of the project and accommodation are safe and that all procedures are being followed. These include but are not limited to checking the living conditions within the volunteer accommodations, checking the neighbourhoods you’ll be staying in, tasting the food you’ll be eating and going on any weekend trips recommended by us or our local team.
We monitor the stability of all of our volunteer destinations on a daily basis and have constant contact with our overseas teams to ensure that our volunteers are safe.
All volunteers will receive a comprehensive volunteer handbook when you choose to join us on one of our programmes. This detailed document addresses a large range of issues such as health, safety, visas, as well as going into details about local cultures and traditions.
When you arrive in-country, you will be given a safety briefing during your orientation that will cover things like emergency procedures, how to use local transport and any cultural differences.
Our in-country team are on hand to help with any issues or to answer any questions and please do not forget that our UK office is available 24/7 in case of any rare emergencies.
While we can never guarantee your volunteer experience will be 100% trouble free, we have taken all of the necessary precautions to minimise all risks and to ensure the programme is as safe as possible.
Before You Depart
When do I pay? Can I pay in instalments?
To confirm and guarantee your placement on one of our programmes, you need to pay the registration fee of £149 within 7 days of receiving confirmation that your application was successful. The remaining balance is then due no less than 60 days prior to your programme start date.
Payments can be done all at once or be spread out over several months and can be paid via BACS (bank transfer). We do accept additional payments methods, such as debit and credit cards, although there may be additional fees.
Do I need any vaccinations and / or malaria tablets?
As we are not trained medical experts we cannot tell you exactly what vaccinations or other medication you may need for your trip. You will need to consult with your local doctors or travel clinic.
You can also find additional information on the NHS Fit For Travel website.
How do I arrange my flights?
All flights need to be booked by you, although we can point you in the right direction on where you may be able to find the best prices.
Before booking any flights, we strongly recommend that you wait to have confirmation that your application has been successful.
Do you offer travel insurance?
Travel insurance is a compulsory part of your volunteering trip, that’s why we have teamed up with Endsleigh to create an affordable and comprehensive travel insurance policy. It is suitable for all of the programmes we offer and can be taken out at any time. You can read more about our insurance here.
If you decide to purchase your travel insurance from an alternative provider, please ensure it covers you for everything you will be doing. Adequate travel insurance must be in place no less than 60 days before your programme start date. Without proof of this insurance, we will not be able to accept you onto the programme.
When will I receive my volunteer handbook?
You will receive a welcome email from us as soon as you have paid the registration fee and your placement has been confirmed. The welcome email will include the volunteer handbook that provides a wealth of information that will help you better understand all aspects of your upcoming trip as well as details about our insurance policy.
Please note, that all material is sent via email and hard copies cannot be sent.
On Your Trip
Can I arrange a private room?
The majority of our accommodation only offers shared rooms that are usually same-sex. However, if you would prefer a private room please let us know and we will at least try for you.
Can you cater for my dietary requirements?
We will try our best to cater for any dietary requirements. When you submit your application please include any required details within the dietary section and we will liaise with our local coordinators.
Are there any public holidays that would affect the project?
Although we try to be as clear as possible of all holidays that affect project availability, due to the nature of some countries, holidays can often be sporadic or prone to change.
If such a holiday falls when you are on your placement, this is generally a good time to experience unique festivities where you can join in with the locals.
What is the dress code at the projects?
We ask that all volunteers take the approach of a smart and responsible image during your time in the communities and on projects. It is best to also take some older clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.
Generally, it is best to avoid tight and very short clothing and anything that may have offensive slogans on it. It's recommended that you take some nicer clothes for weekends or any free time you may have.
We do not wish to impose strict regulations, however we do ask that you respect the local culture and do your best to adhere to the clothing guidelines within the volunteer handbook.
How much spending money will I need?
For general expenses and some travelling, you should find that £50 - £100 per week is sufficient. However, this can vary greatly depending on the amount of activities or trips you do and if you are eating out during the week.
Will I be able to travel whilst on the programme?
There should be plenty of time to travel while on your placement and we actively encourage that you do! The local coordinators will be able to give you lots of travel tips and provide any help needed for your independent adventure.