The large number of feral dogs and cats living on city streets is a global problem. While many of these animals are abandoned pets, most are truly feral – having been born and eventually dying in the streets. These feral animals live on the edges of society and face many health risks. Starvation and disease result in an average life span of only one to two years. And feral street dogs in particular pose a public health danger through bites and transmission of rabies to people. AEI's partner in Auguascalientes, Mexico is facing this problem head on. Their mission is to reduce the pet overpopulation problem through an ethical and humane program. This organization focuses their efforts on three main objectives. Their educational campaign promotes responsible pet ownership and targets school-aged children and the general public. Their spay and neuter clinics offer low cost pet sterilization to members of the community. In three years, their Pedigree sponsored adoption program has meant more than 1,000 dogs and cats have received immediate veterinary care and foster homes. To date, more than 700 animals have found both responsible and appropriate forever homes. While this groups needs assistance right now, in the next year they will be opening their own veterinary hospital and will need help with it's building, maintenance and of course veterinary tasks! This Placement Partner is an intrepid supporter of groups who promote compassionate and responsible ownership of pit bulls. While volunteering you will be able to help groups that are putting an end to fighting and breed specific legislation through education and responsible training! Whether your interests are in education, veterinary medicine, or providing support for an excellent organization that is changing lives in Mexico, your help is needed today!
Includes: Airport pick up and drop off (at closest airport), Accommodation, Meals while volunteering (lunches, some dinners), On-site training, Emergency Support, Donation to Placement Partner, AEI Travel Manual, $10 Credit in our Zazzle store (towards the purchase of recycled water bottles, reusable bags, etc), American and Canadian clients get 50% off at the online AEI IceBreaker store. Carbon credits to offset 3 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, Premium Individual Travel Insurance (up to $500, 000 USD in emergency medical coverage), Travel discounts (through automatic membership to a volunteer only travel discount program), 24/7 Travel and emergency assistance, Orientation presentation, Placement partner manual, Placement partner t-shirt. Are you thinking of fundraising for a portion, or all your fees? Many of our clients have been very successful with their fundraising efforts. To learn more about their successful fundraising projects and see how you can fund raise for your experience, please visit our fundraising page!
Excludes: Flights, Entry visa costs, International and domestic airport taxes, meals while not volunteering (breakfasts, some dinners, lunches on days off), Immunizations and medications. Note: The rabies vaccine is recommended but not required for this Experience however, if volunteers are interested in becoming rabies vaccinated, the average cost is $600- $1000 in North America.
Accommodation: A downtown hotel (15 minute walk from the office) in beautiful Aguascalientes. Are you nervous about travel and your safety? It's okay, travelling and volunteering can be overwhelming, that is why we exist! To help you travel safe, volunteer smartly and get back home in one piece. To read more about how we help you stay safe, please read our Guide to Safety.
Volunteer Activities: Medical volunteer activities include assessing, diagnosing and treating sick and injured dogs and cats, administering anesthesia and assisting with / performing surgical procedures (spays and castrations), vaccination programs. These activities will take place in multiple pre-approved veterinary clinics, assistance during adoption campaigns which happen every weekend. Educational and office volunteer activities do not require a knowledge of Spanish, as Spanish lessons are offered by this group. Other volunteer activities include office administration, fundraising, on-line promotion and general support of the organization's activities- especially during their adoption campaigns that happen every weekend. Currently, this group does not have a shelter so all dogs are in foster care. Socialization and grooming of dogs are not currently tasks our standard volunteers can participate in. However, educational campaigns, rescues and general support is always needed. The hospital and shelter will be build in 2015 and then the role of standard volunteers will change.
Classification of Placement: Medical: Entry, Advanced and Specialized. Standard: Entry, Advanced and Specialized. All classifications of volunteers are needed by this Placement partner and we encourage you to apply no matter your skill or experience level. However, if you are looking for a Placement to use your specific skills, the professionals who would be most beneficial to this placement would be volunteers with experience in: veterinary medicine, education and construction.
length of stay
Price (IN CANADIAN DOLLARS)
|2 weeks||$ 1373|
|3 weeks||$ 1602|
|4 weeks||$ 1831|
|8 weeks||$ 2747|
|Groups of 5 or more:||10% off individual fees.|