The dogs are in the private shelter of Tokushima in southern Japan because their owners have died or can no longer adequately care for the animal for health reasons. Some dogs are street dogs. In addition, dogs are taken in from state animal shelters that are overcrowded and where the animals would otherwise have to be euthanized due to the lack of capacity.
The dog shelter near Tokushima is owned by two dog lovers who, together with two permanent employees and some long-term local volunteers, look after the well-being of the animals, feed and provide care to the animals and do the maintenance of the facility.
Short-time foreign volunteers are mainly involved in keeping the dogs busy. Once or several times a day, the approximately 125 dogs in the shelter are waiting to be taken out. Your tasks therefore include walks with the dogs, usually in groups of up to 10 animals, who experience nature, romp and play. This activity is suitable for volunteers who love nature, like to be outside in any weather, have a big heart for dogs and are physically resilient.
The volunteer placement of course also gives you a possibility to immerse into the Japanese countryside. Japanese language skills are not required, but useful. If you want to improve your Japanese language skills, prior to your volunteer placement, we can arrange Japanese language lessons for you in Tokyo or on Sado Island.
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