Dog and Cat Rescue


Support a Dog and Cat Rescue Centre on a tropical island by helping to walk the dogs, clean the shelters and feed the animals. Assist the veterinary team with animal treatments. Work alongside the centre to help promote community animal welfare.


Key Info

key info
  • Location: Krabi
  • Start dates: Any date
  • Duration: 2 – 12 weeks
  • Age requirement: 18+
  • Availability: Spaces available, limited until Dec
  • Cost: From £495 / €595 / $670 - see fees table below

Project Information

Volunteer role: What will I be doing?

Volunteers at the Dog and Cat Rescue Centre will help with the day to day running of the centre which will include a range of tasks including:

  • walking the dogs
  • feeding and washing the dogs and cats
  • cleaning kennels and animal shelters
  • giving medication and assisting with animal treatment
  • maintenance of the centre
  • visitor tours of the centre
  • provide love and attention to the rescued animals

If you have veterinary experience the centre would love additional help at the vet clinic.

Working days and hours

Volunteers work 6 days each week. Generally volunteers work 6 hours per day.

Other volunteers

There are usually 8-10 volunteers at the project at any one time, with a maximum of 12.

Volunteer reviews

Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our Thailand dog and cat rescue reviews.

Why are volunteers needed?

With over 30 dogs and 70 cats there is always plenty of work that local team needs help with. The support from volunteers allows the centre to provide an exceptionally high level of care and extend their reach to more animals. By volunteering at the rescue centre, you will make a major contribution to the welfare of the animals on the island.

“Volunteers help with the day to day running of the project; we literally couldn't do it without them. Volunteers bring a lot of love and time to our animals and the fact that they are committed animals lovers willing to give time to this project is fantastic for the dogs and cats in our care.”Tanya, Placement Manager

How is the Dog and Cat Rescue project making a difference?

The team at the Dog and Cat Rescue project aims to:

  • provide animal care for those who are injured and abused
  • provide education and promote awareness of animal care & respect
  • prevent and control the overpopulation of dogs and cats on Koh Lanta in a humane way through sterlization programmes.

By doing this, the suffering through hunger, disease, abuse and injuries will be greatly reduced.

Since the project was established in 2005 they have sterilised and treated over 8,000 animals, substantially reducing the stray population on the island.

Many people are aware of the problems of stray dog and poor veterinary treatment of animals in Thailand, but few get to make a difference; this project provides you with this opportunity.

Where will I be living?

Koh Lanta is a popular tourist destination near Krabi and Phuket, the island is known for its long, sandy beaches and scuba diving.

Volunteers live in basic shared accommodation at the centre. Each room is shared between 2 same sex volunteers (couples can have their own room). There are cold water showers, a fan, electricity points and free WiFi in the centre.

The island has mangroves, coral rimmed beaches and rugged tree covered hills. There are many local restaurants, bars and cafes. There are plenty destinations on the tropical island for volunteers to explore on their days off including a national park, historic Chinese fishing village, mangroves, beaches and caves!

What's Included?

Before you go:

  • Carefully selected and vetted volunteer project
  • Support from our friendly and highly experienced Pod UK team
  • Single point of contact - Sarah is your dedicated placement manager
  • In-depth Volunteering Guide on your volunteering placement
  • Travel information - visa, health and safety advice
  • Access to specialist travel insurance at exclusive rates
  • Recommended travel agency for flights and tours
  • Access to special deals and resources
  • Fundraising guide and support
  • Financial protection for monies paid to Pod

On your placement:

  • Animal care volunteering placement
  • Acommodation - a simple shared room
  • 2 meals a day
  • Induction and training
  • Donation to the project
  • Onsite support from local team
  • Support from Pod UK office by phone and email
  • 24/7 emergency back up
  • Incident Management and Emergency Response Plans

On your return:

  • Contact from your placement manager
  • Feedback scheme
  • Volunteering certificate (on request)
  • References (on request)
  • Member of the Pod community

Not included: Flights, travel insurance, visa (if required), evening meal, cost of pick up and transfers. Budgeting guidance is provided in our Volunteering Guide which we will email you when you apply.

Price table
2 - 4 weeks £495 GB Pounds
5 - 8 weeks £625 GB Pounds
9 - 12 weeks £725 GB Pounds

Fees in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP. For current exchange rates please see


animals have received treatment from the team

"Pod is a no nonsense volunteer organisation looking to change lives"Cian


Pod UK Specialist

Apply and you'll hear from Sarah soon!

We look forward to receiving your application! There is no commitment by applying and we will send more information.



  • Thailand Dog & Cat Rescue volunteer - Graham

    "The project was all I thought it would be and more. The Island itself was amazing and the social life is great - as long as you are not scared of hard work you will have a fantastic time!"

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  • Thailand Dog & Cat Rescue volunteer - Julia

    "The work is hard but it is so worth it. The centre does such great work with extremely limited resources. Not only are they saving animals' lives, but changing the attitudes to animals on the island."

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  • Thailand Dog & Cat Rescue volunteer - Luis

    "My time here was a dream. You are located by a breath-taking beach and the centre full of good-hearted people and dogs and cats that have been mistreated - who treat you like you have been the best friend in their lives!"

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