Founded in Antigua in 1998 and relocated to Sumpango in 2000 Animal AWARE is a non-profit organization working, through education and neutering campaigns, to reduce suffering and improve the lives of domestic animals in Guatemala..
AWARE is based at a shelter for rescued animals in Guatemala’s Central Highlands. Our main focus these days is running spay-and-neuter clinics and education for the community. We have an on-site clinic for our monthly spay/neuter days staffed by volunteer vets. Whenever possible we also organise spay/neuter days in local villages.
The shelter one of the largest No-Kill shelters in Guatemala, currently taking care of 300 rescued dogs and around 70 cats. All of which are treated, vaccinated, spayed/neutered, socialised and made ready for adoption.
We believe that, as well as being a direct benefit to the animals, enabling people to understand their pets and improve the way they look after them will bring about very positive social and cultural improvements for Guatemalan society in general.
Daily tasks can include:
- Dogs: feeding, bathing, brushing, obedience training, medicating, cleaning cages, walking, and socializing.
- Cats: feeding, brushing, medicating, cleaning the cages, and socializing.
- Keeping the Clinic clean and organised.
- Maintaining Shelter facilities and helping out with our education programmes
- Help with our spay/neuter and rabies vaccination clinics
- Help with fund-raising events.
You will need a reasonable level of fitness as the Shelter is located in hilly terrain 7500 feet (2300m) and you will be walking the dogs up and down the hills in property this can be quite strenuous with the altitude.
Veterinarians, vet students and skilled volunteers are always welcome to help in the Clinic or with ongoing projects such as shelter maintenance or work fundraising, website improvements etc.
However you do not need specific qualifications to volunteer. Just compassion for the animals, a hardworking attitude and willingness to get involved and help with daily running of the shelter.
When: Animal AWARE could not continue without the vital help provided by volunteers. We are always very happy to receive help from volunteers throughout the year.
Duration: We prefer volunteers to stay for a minimum of two weeks if they are staying in the onsite accomodation. You are very welcome to stay longer. Stays of longer duration are preferential as you become more accustomed to the routine and build better relationships with the animals.
We have an onsite dorm which can sleep 4 people. It includes beds, a table, bathroom with shower, kitchenette with a gas cook top, refrigerator and clean drinking water. It's very basic and shared with two friendly cats. The cost is $5.00 a day per person to cover electricity, water, gas etc.
If you wish to stay in the AWARE volunteer facilities we charge US $5.00 per day per person. This helps us cover the costs of electricity, water, and gas. The quarters include a shower, bed, drinking water, cooking facilities and a refrigerator. Food is not included groceries can be bought at the local market in Sumpango, walking distance from the shelter.
There is no charge for volunteering with AWARE if you provide your own accommodation. There are rooms to rent at reasonable prices in Sumpango, or you can stay in Antigua and take the local bus to the Shelter each day. This journey takes approximately 1 hour.