Volunteer Animal Care in Jamaica
- Placement locations: Lydford, St. Ann, Ochos Rios
- Role: To assist with the treatment and care of domestic animals
- Type of placement: Animal rehabilitation center
- Requirements: Interns must be aged 18 years or older
- Accommodation: Host family
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Projects Abroad’s Animal Care Project in Jamaica is a practical placement for anyone who wants to do meaningful work with animals. Whether you are a gap year student planning on studying veterinary medicine, an undergraduate, or simply a passionate animal lover, you can get involved and make a difference on our Animal Care Project in Jamaica.
At the Animal Care Project, you will work at an animal rehabilitation center in Lydford, St. Anne, which is just outside of Ochos Rios. This center has been in operation for nearly ten years and rescues and shelters stray, injured, neglected, and abandoned animals. There are currently over 200 rescued animals at the center and your role will be to help provide them with treatment and care.
The educational aspect of the project involves raising awareness in schools to educate children about the importance of caring properly for animals and providing information on how to report cases of abuse, neglect, and cruelty. Teaching children from a young age about the value and responsibility of animal ownership is a vital part of improving the situation in the future.
To participate on this project, you should be at least 18 years old.
Interning on the Animal Care Project in Jamaica
Animal Care interns are able to help in two main areas:
- General treatment and care of the animals
- Educational programs
Interns are crucial in Jamaica as a lot of help is needed to provide general care to the animals at the clinic and to stray animals. As an intern, you will assist with feeding the dogs and cats and cleaning the kennels. Some of the animals may arrive at the clinic after being abandoned, neglected, or abused, so you may see some shocking cases.
You will help provide basic treatment to the animals, such as ear cleaning, cleaning and cutting nails, and grooming.
It is important to note that the local vet only comes to the placement once a week for a few hours. However, there are always other qualified staff on duty.
First thing in the morning all of the animals needed feeding, kennels cleaned and repapered, water buckets filled and paddocks cleaned. Due to the vast majority of dogs in Jamaica not being spayed there were always puppies at the haven, which were extremely cute and all had amazing stories of recovery, so playing with the puppies was always fun! Read more...
The Animal Care Project in Jamaica is available for less than a month if you don't have time to join us for a month or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for shorter durations for both the host community and the intern. Although you will gain valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone participating for a longer period.