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.
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.
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.