Lanta Animal Welfare
What We Need
You’ll need a willingness to commit to hard work and a passion to help the cats and dogs on the beautiful island of Lanta, Thailand. A love of animals is essential but you’ll also need to be hard-working, motivated, friendly and mature, regardless of age (it’s all about your attitude). Working with us is an immensely rewarding and fulfilling experience but it’s no walk in the park, it requires commitment. This is a working holiday, and it is hard work including cleaning, gardening, maintenance and animal welfare duties. You’ll meet loads of great people and we know you’ll have lots of fun, but the animals come first. You’ll be expected to start your shift on time – this includes alternate 7.00am starts, so please think carefully about whether you’ll be able to commit to this – if the answer’s yes, then great!
Do you enjoy talking to people? Have you got an outgoing and friendly personality? Are you ready to put those skills to the service of our charity?
You could be a host!
Hosting at LAW is about working in our reception. Hosts welcome visitors, keep tourists engaged by providing knowledgeable and fun stories about our animals, perform tours of the shelter, sell our merchandise and collect donations. Hosts are also the link between incoming patients and the vet staff.
Hosts have a key role at LAW as they have the role of first contact. Hosting is truly rewarding as every single donation you will collect will support us and will help us survive. You need to be fluent in English for the hosting role, and be ready for a lot of chatting! Hosts need to be hands-on as well and willing to help by bringing dogs in and out for the tourists to walk.
If you’re a qualified vet and would like to contribute longer term to controlling the overpopulation of strays and relieving the pain of suffering animals, then this is for you. You will need to be ready to work in hard conditions and witness difficult situations. You will sterilise animals on a daily basis as well as examine and treat pets. You will be on call out of hours to deal with emergencies and will sometimes be out roaming the island for strays as well. Most or our experienced volunteer vets have come back again and again, both because of the atmosphere, but also the diverse cases they encounter daily-which they would never encounter at home.
When & Who
What we Provide
Shared basic twin room (with cold shower and bucket toilet)
Homemade delicious dish freshly made with local products
- 9500 Baht for the first month.
- FREE for the second month.
- 4000 Baht for the third month.
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More Services we Offer
Free cooking class if you stay over a month with us
Other Ways to Help
Dog harnesses, collars, leads, animal toys, bed sheets, pillow cases. tick and flee treatment. Surgical supplies like sutures, bandages, surgical aprons, caps, gloves.
Additional Info about Us
Lanta Animal Welfare was founded by Junie Kovacs in 2005. Her mission was to end the suffering of the hundreds of homeless, abused and injured animals on Koh Lanta. To date, we have sterilised and treated over 15,000 animals.
As the only veterinary service on the island, we provide vital first aid for all animals, both owned and stray. We also promote vaccination and preventative healthcare. Animals are bought to us for many different conditions; from skin problems to road traffic accidents and poisonings. Stray animals will sometimes stay with us for several weeks to ensure they are fit and well before they are re-released back where they came from. We are totally reliant on donations to cover our all of our medical costs.
We believe sterilisation is the only humane way to reduce the numbers of unwanted kittens and puppies. It also has several health benefits, leading to happier, healthier lives for all our animals.
Every animal undergoing sterilisation receives rabies vaccination. There have been no reported cases of rabies on the island for over 15 years and we want to keep it that way.
We regularly run mass sterilisation and vaccination programmes on neighbouring islands and mainland areas, which have no other veterinary help. We also give first aid to any sick and injured animals we find along the way.
We believe that all change for the better begins with education. If we are to truly make a difference to the animals of this island, we must begin by talking to the children, who will go on to influence generations to come.
A lack of education is responsible for many of the cases of abuse and the overpopulation. With this in mind, we run an Animal Welfare Education Programme in local schools where we talk about animals and how just like us they need food, shelter, medical care and love. We do this through a variety of fun, interactive games and role plays, where the children get to express themselves and their feelings about animals and animal welfare.
Local schools visit us on a regular basis and we encourage children to bring their cats to be sterilized by us. We pick them up from the school, and return them to the kids the next day, happy, healthy, vaccinated and sterilized.
We also welcome all children to visit the centre, to meet the animals in our care and experience first hand what animals need.
Sadly our Welfare Centre is always operating at full capacity, which means we urgently need to free up space by finding people who are willing to adopt or foster one of our beautiful dogs or cats. We will help with the whole process. Adoption is so much easier than you think. Every year over 100 of our rescue animals are adopted to loving homes both in Thailand and abroad.