Volunteer at the Cambodia Cat and Dog Welfare Project

Help Care for Rescued Animals when you volunteer at the Cambodia Cat & Dog Welfare Project!

Volunteer to help care for rescued street cats and dogs in Phnom Penh at the Cambodia Dog and Cat Welfare Project! Help improve animals welfare in Cambodia!

1 to 12 weeks from £345 / US$425

This amazing project is working to end the suffering of street animals in Cambodia! And, in Addition to caring for rescued Cats and Dogs the Project is also educating the community on how to care for animals and working to improve general animal welfare in the country!

Project Overview

Volunteer to help end the suffering of street cats and dogs at the Cambodia Cat & Dog Welfare Project!

Work alongside the dedicated team at the animal welfare project to help feed, clean and care for the cats and dogs.  You’ll help them care for the dogs & cats and ultimately help them work towards improving animal welfare in Cambodia.

Volunteering at this animal welfare project provides an unforgettable experience for those who wish to help cats and dogs. You will live and work in the bustling city of Phnom Penh for a truly life changing experience!

Street cats and dogs are commonplace in Cambodia, and animal welfare is still very much in its infancy.  Cats and dogs are often considered a nuisance and it is still commonplace for them to be killed and cooked for food.  There is also a lack of knowledge and understanding about how to care for animals and as a result there are high rates of abuse and neglect.

In addition to rescuing and caring for sick and injured animals the project also focuses on a long term, sustainable solution to the problem. They heavily focus on education, neutering programs and improving animal welfare in Cambodia!

The main objective of the Cambodia Cat and Dog Welfare Project is to create sustainable animal welfare in Cambodia, and end suffering for street cats and dogs.

By working closely with local communities the project is working toward sustainable, long-term change in Cambodia through 3 approaches;

  • Nuetering campaigns to tackle over population
  • Education programs about animal welfare with local communities and schools
  • Improving veterinary care quality through training programmes

Education and changing human behaviour is the key; as it is the only way to truly improve the future of Cambodian street animals.

While the main focus of the project is on outreach, education and neutering programmes there is also a small recovery center for sick and injured animals usually found on outreach projects to pagodas and communities.

Taking care of the recovering dogs and cats is a big job! Which is where the volunteers help is greatly needed; caring for the animals is vital work. Volunteers help with feeding, cleaning, nursing kittens, giving basic medication and most importantly; giving them love and affection.

Many of the cats and dogs at the recovery center have been through traumatizing experiences and may be wary of humans. By spending time with them and showing them love you will be helping to build their trust in humans again and increase their chances of being adopted into their forever home!

Join us to help give the cats and dogs of Cambodia a better life!

Summary of  the Cambodia Sports Project

The Project: Help care for rescued cats and dogs in Phnom Penh at the Cambodia Cate & Dog Welfare Project! The Cambodia Cat & Dog Welfare Project aims to create sustainable animal welfare in Cambodia and end the suffering of the street cats and dogs. In addition to caring for rescued street cats and dogs, the project is also tackling the problem of overpopulation through vaccinations and working to improve animal welfare overall through education programmes.

Project Location: Located in the thriving capital Phnom Penh.. There is an international airport with good connections throughout Asia. The city has a good range of facilities for visitors; including a variety of shops, excellent restaurants, lively and traditional bars and plenty of unique sightseeing opportunities. Phnom Penh also has good medical facilities, should you need them.

Volunteering with Rescued Cats & Dogs

Main Volunteer Activities: Volunteers work with the local staff, assisting them with feeding, cleaning, walking, and playing with and socialising the animals. Volunteers can also get involved with sterilisation, de-worming and animal welfare campaigns that may be taking place during your stay. If you are a trained veterinarian or are currently studying towards a veterinary qualification, please let us know during the application process as this will open up opportunities to carry out more tasks.

Hours: Volunteers usually work Mon-Fri for 4-5 hours per day, in either the morning or the afternoon.

Duration: Volunteer placements are year-round for 1 to 12 weeks. 

Volunteer Accommodation: Volunteers stay in simple, clean apartments right behind the project. 

Requirements to volunteer in Cambodia: Volunteers at this project must be aged 21+ and have fluent English. 

The Cambodia Cat and Dog Welfare Project

This fantastic project was founded in 2016 after the founder had tried to seek help for a neglected dog with a number of health issues.  She began to understand the lack of capacity and facilities that Phnom Penh had for caring for street animals. When she realised the huge scale of the problem she vowed to do something to help.  She was inspired to set up the cat & dog welfare project, with the aim of providing care to the street cats and dogs of Phnom Penh and bring education about animal welfare to the community.

Animal Welfare in Cambodia

Injured & sick animals, as well as litters of unwanted kittens and puppies are left at local pagodas. It is a common misconception that pagodas are a safe haven which encourages many people to dump animals there. And while the Monks and caretakers want to help, they often lack knowledge on how to care for the animals. Within the pagodas there is generally a scarcity of food, over-crowding and infectious disease that lead to high mortality rates among the dogs and cats left there.

Another major issue in Cambodia is the lack of knowledge and education around animal welfare, as well the fact there are no animal protection laws. Animal abuse is still widespread, particularly in dog meat restaurants that are still commonplace.

The project believes the best way to tackle these problems is through education and working with the pagodas and local communities with outreach programmes.

 

How the Project  is Helping

The Cambodia cat and dog welfare project's main objective is to create sustainable animal welfare and end the suffering of street dogs & cats. The project has 3 focuses to achieve this.

  1. Tackling over population through neutering programmes.
  2. Outreach and education programmes with pagodas, local communities and school. The project forms relationships with the Monks and caretakers at pagodas to teach them how to care for the animals left there. They also visit local schools and communities to educate the public about animal welfare and responsible pet ownerships.
  3. Improving the quality of veterinary care. Despite studying for 4 years at university many veterinary students graduate without even being able to perform simple procedures. The project employs local vets to work alongside experienced expatriate vets to learn and receive guidance from them.

While the main focus is on education and outreach, the project also has a small recovery center for sick and injured animals they find during outreach visits.

Why the project need volunteers

Any visitor to Cambodia will tell you that there are a lot of stray cats and dogs on the streets, and without education and improved care the problem will only continue to get worse.  The Cambodia cat and dog rescue project is working to improve this problem.  Having volunteers to help at the project allows more time to be given to interacting with and socialising the animals which plays a vital role in helping the animals trust humans again; making it more likely they will be able to be adopted into their forever homes. Having volunteers to help with the general feeding and care also frees up the local staff’s time to focus on the animals needing more serious care or treatment.

Additionally, as the project receives no funding from the government, the Cambodia cat and dog rescue relies on volunteer support, private donations and grants in order to fund their important work.  Long after volunteers have left, the project can continue paying wages, providing care and treatment to the cats and dogs who need it.

By volunteering at the Cambodia Cat & Dog Welfare Project you will play an important part in the future of animal welfare in Cambodia.

Typical Volunteer Duties

Volunteers typically work Monday to Friday for 4-5 hours per day, in either the morning or the afternoon.  Depending on the specific needs of the project at your time of visit, you may be requested to work a weekend in place of 2 days during the week.

Volunteer roles vary depending upon the needs of the cat and dog rescue and your relevant skills and abilities.

Your main duties as a volunteer may include some or all of the following:

  • Preparing food and feeding the cats and dogs.
  • Cleaning the centre.
  • Basic medical care.
  • Walking the dogs.
  • Playing with the cats and dogs.
  • Socialisation of the cats and dogs.

Other work that volunteers at the cat and dog rescue centre may assist with includes:

  • Support during sterilisation and deworming campaigns.
  • Assisting with vaccination and educational campaigns in the surrounding communities.
  • General maintenance of the centre.
  • Photography/videography
  • Writing articles or blog posts on animal welfare
  • Assisting with social media
  • Fundraising campaigns.
Are you a Vet or Veterinary Student?

The cat and dog rescue are committed to increasing the quality of veterinary care, and encourage veterinary students to join their team for their internships.  If you fall into this category, your daily tasks will differ a little.  You will shadow the vet and vet assistants in the day-to-day running of the centre, observe surgeries, learn how to give medication and physiotherapy to the animals, and help out in any way you can.  Students may also be eligible to use their internship towards university credits.

Learn more about volunteering in Cambodia

Globalteer has been working in Cambodia since 2006. We have a wealth of experience in this amazing country. If you want to volunteer with cats and dogs, then come and join our amazing team in Cambodia.

Learn about what it was like for volunteers when they received a Blessing from a Monk in Siem Reap's oldest working Buddhist temple.

Get to know when is the Best Time to go to Cambodia and experience it's rich and ancient culture.

Read more posts about the Cambodia Volunteer Programme

Accommodation

Volunteers live in the bustling captial of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. Volunteer stay in simple clean apartments with a bedroom, small living room & kitchen. Accommodation is single occupancy but can be shared if volunteering with a friend, partner or family member.

The volunteer accommodation is located right behind the project, so you don't have to worry about transport to and from the project each day!

The rooms have a washing machine, refrigerator, a stove & WiFi. They also have a fan, or you have the option to upgrade and have air-conditioning as well. There are local stores & markets around the accommodation, as well as street food vendors! About a 10 minutes walk away you will find the Russian market, as well as many stores, supermarkets and some western restaurants as well.

Free Time in Cambodia

Our team in Cambodia are all very well travelled throughout the country and further afield in Southeast Asia. They can offer plenty of travel tips. There are lots of options for weekends as well as for travel before or after your placement. Here are just a few of Cambodia’s treasures to whet your appetite.

For a small country Cambodia has a lot to offer those who have time to travel further afield.

Phonm Penh is about an hours from the project and is home to many popular attractions. The magnificent Royal Palace and the restaurants and bars along Sisowath Quay are on every vistor's list. Along with the more sombre sites of S-21 prison and the Killing fields; reminders of Cambodia's tragic past and the genocide under the Khmer Rouge Regime.

In the south of the country you will find the laid back coastal towns of Kampot and Kep. As well as the lively beach resort of Sihanoukville. There are some lovely unspolit islands where you can kick back and recharge your batteries as well as jungles, forests and the wildlife havens of The Cardamom Mountains. Buses and internal flights from Phnom Penh airport make getting around easy and relatively cheap.

For those who have time there are also regular direct flights from Phnom Penh to other must-see Southeast Asian destinations; such as Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore as well as long distance buses.

Siem Reap
Thanks to the magnificent temples of Angkor, Siem Reap town is the tourism capital of Cambodia. It is less than an hour's flight form Phonm Penh or 6-8 hours by road. In addition to the ancient temple complexes the town has has many bars, restaurants, cafes and hotels catering to foreigners' needs. There are also dozens of working Buddhist temples all over town, known locally as pagodas, and saffron-clad monks are a common sight on the streets of Siem Reap.
Siem Reap has colonial and Chinese-style architecture in the Old French Quarter and around the Old Market. In the town, there are Apsara dance performances, craft shops, silk farms, rice-paddy countryside, fishing villages and a bird sanctuary near the Tonle Sap Lake; the largest fresh water lake in South East Asia. There is a lovely riverside garden and shady walks along the Siem Reap river.
The area around the old market provides a lively night life, especially along the aptly named "Pub Street". Siem Reap provides for all tastes, with worldwide cuisine from Thai, Mexican, Indian, Japanese, Italian as well as menus catering to western tastes. There are quiet cafes, lively bars and nightclubs.
Angkor Wat and the temple complexes

Visitors come to Siem Reap to visit the temples of Angkor. There are over 100 temples scattered in the area in various states of decay; some in overgrown jungle, some on lakes. Rest assured everyone leaves with their own personal favourite temple!

Some people visit for one day to see the main attractions. But we would recommend 3 days exploring the temples to get a much better overview of this incredible period in Cambodian history. On arrival in Siem Reap our friendly staff can advise the best ways and times to visit the temples.

Tonle Sap Lake

Tonle Sap is the largest fresh water lake in Southeast Asia and an attraction in its own right. About 10km form Siem Reap, the lake stretches almost as far as the country's capital Phnom Penh. Its size varies enormously between the wet and dry seasons. Half the year the waters flow into the lake from the river Mekong and for the rest of the year the waters flow in the other direction; giving the lake a unique ecosystem.

Boat trips on the lake are very popular and you can visit lake the famous floating villages and stilt villages. Orginally home to refugees which have grown into entire communities with schools, shops and houses sitting directly on or over the water. Also venture further to see the wildlife sanctuary; which is home to several species of endangered birds and take a kayak through the famous sunken forests.

Fee Options

Base Donation

The base donation for volunteering is where all money received goes to the charity, our charitable activities, charity partners and supporting volunteers in country.

Standard Package

The standard package fee includes everything in the base donation plus standard private room accommodation in an apartment & private airport collection.

Standard Package plus AirCon

The standard accommodation does not include air-conditioning but this can be added on.

Financial Transparency

As a UK registered Charity, Globalteer is completely financially transparent to you, our donors. You can therefore see a full breakdown of where your money goes and our independently audited accounts by clicking below:

Where Your Money Goes

To discover why you should consider choosing Globalteer, please visit the following page:

About Globalteer

Why do we charge a fee for volunteering?

Globalteer requests a donation from volunteers to allow us to achieve our charitable objectives and support our partner programmes. In return, Globalteer provides volunteers with an amazing, responsible and ethical volunteer experience and in-country support from the Globalteer team in Cambodia. Ensuring that your placement is responsible as well as rewarding, safe and enjoyable takes a good deal of work.

A summary of Globalteer’s total expenditure for the last financial year is shown below:

Donations and Grants 60% – This includes a share of volunteer placement fees, grants we have secured for our projects and donations managed by Globalteer that are made by individuals and groups to our projects and partner projects.

Support Costs 29% – This includes volunteer accommodation, volunteer transport, support staff costs, travel costs and some volunteer meals.

Operational Costs 11% – Costs of running Globalteer.

What’s Included
  • In-country support from Globalteer staff.
  • Cambodia orientation guide and arrival induction.
  • Free town tour.
  • All necessary project equipment and materials.
  • All necessary project training by project staff.
  • Project donation.

With the Full Package

  • Free airport pick up from Phnom Penh airport.
  • Accommodation
What’s not included
  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Vaccinations and inoculations
  • Onward transport at the end of your placement
  • Police or background check (where necessary)
What do everyday items cost?

The official currency of Cambodia is the Riel, however, all shops and market stalls accept US$ and you may be given small change in local currency ($1 = 4000 Riels). Be aware that dollar bills with any tears or markings are generally not accepted. ATMs dispense cash in US$. The cost of living in Cambodia is very low compared to most countries in the developed world. The costs of some typical items are:

  • Short journey by tuk-tuk - $1 to $2
  • Meal in a market - $1
  • Bottle of soft drink - $0.50 to $1
  • Draft beer - $0.50 to $2
  • Meal in a restaurant - $4 to $25

Quick Summary of the Cambodia Cat & Dog Rescue Project

The Cambodia Cat & Dog Welfare Project aims to create sustainable animal welfare in Cambodia and end the suffering of the street cats and dogs.

In addition to caring for rescued street cats and dogs, the project is also tackling the problem of overpopulation through vaccinations and working to improve animal welfare overall through education programmes.

Volunteers Help care for the rescued cats and dogs at the project.

The project is located in Cambodia's thriving capital Phnom Penh.

The city has a good range of facilities for visitors; including a variety of shops, excellent restaurants, lively and traditional bars and plenty of unique sightseeing opportunities.

Phnom Penh International Airport has good connections throughout Asia.

Volunteers work with the local staff, assisting them with feeding, cleaning, walking, and playing with and socialising the animals.

Volunteers can also get involved with sterilisation, de-worming and animal welfare campaigns that may be taking place during your stay.

If you are a trained veterinarian or are currently studying towards a veterinary qualification, please let us know during the application process as this will open up opportunities to carry out more tasks.

Volunteers usually work Mon-Fri for 4-5 hours per day, in either the morning or the afternoon.

Volunteer placements are year-round for 1 to 12 weeks.

Volunteers stay in simple, clean apartments right behind the project.

The apartments have a bedroom, small living room, washing machine and kitchen.

The apartments have a fan, but you can also upgrade to include air-conditioning as well.

There is WiFi access in the apartments.

Volunteers at this project must be aged 21+ and have fluent English.

What’s Included in the base package:

√ In-country support from Globalteer & Project Staff √ Cambodia orientation guide and induction on arrival. √ Free town tour. √ All necessary project equipment and materials. √ All necessary project training by experienced staff. √ Project donation.

With the Accommodation Packages

√ Free airport pick up from Phnom Penh international airport. √ Accommodation in a clean, simple apartment with the option of a fan or air-conditioning.

We have a list of answers to questions frequently asked about the project.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can come to the project and help!

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