Animal Rescue Volunteer in Cambodia

Get involved with animal rescue in Cambodia as a wildlife volunteer, where you can care for abandoned dogs and cats in its vibrating capital Phnom Penh. Together with the local team of an animal welfare organization, you can help bringing the pets to a shelter. At the shelter, the dogs and cats are being fed, washed and treated medically, if necessary. After a while, the pets are being prepared for adoption.

Since the developing country still faces problems as poor education and poverty, locals are often unable to care properly for their animals. So, as a volunteer, you can care for these poor abandoned cats and dogs of the community!

What Animal Welfare Volunteers can do for abandoned pets

Rescue Abandoned Pets

Poor nutrition for these animals often causes diseases, and sometimes people are selling the animals to the cruel and barbaric meat trade. Therefore, your help as a animal conservation volunteer is crucial for the survival of these pets.

Pets need Food and Care

We see that some owners do not care much about their own pets and sometimes they leave them outside from home without any food or care. Some dogs and cats get sick without any medicine that can get more serious without treatment and they end up dyeing.

Help of Vets Welcome

We often need help from veterinarians to treat, neuter and operate street animals, but also to mentor our Cambodian veterinary trainees.
Note: it would be good if volunteers get vaccinated because normally volunteers need to stay with the dogs and cats that get sick.

Buddhist Monks help us

While the Volunteers work together with the local staffs and other foreigners, they will sometimes even meet Buddhist Monks and local people in the community.


Our team will collect you from the airport and help you check you into your accommodation at the guesthouse or host family. You will then have the rest of the day to relax and enjoy the hospitality of Cambodia.
In the morning you will formally meet your coordinators and fellow group members. At orientation you will learn more about Cambodia and your programme. Later the tour will take you on a journey through Phnom Penh.
DAYS 3-6 – ANIMAL RESCUE CAMBODIA (Tuesday – Friday)
Volunteers can help poor animals feeding them every day; we give them 3 meals per day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. For breakfast, we start to feed cats and dogs at 7:00 am. Besides feeding the cats and dogs, volunteers also can help to clean the room of animals that needs to be cleaned every day.

They also have to go to the vets in the case that the animal gets sick.

Volunteers usually stay with cats and dogs and sometime will go to the poor area and pagodas in order to find any other animals that we can help.
We often need help from veterinarians to treat, neuter and operate street animals, but also to mentor our Cambodian veterinary trainees.
Note: it would be good if volunteers get vaccinated because normally volunteers need to stay with the dogs and cats that get sick.
Full details will be provided during orientation. Work plan will be formatted together with the animal rescue centre.
DAY 7—FREE DAY (Saturday)
Today is free for you to relax and explore.
ADDITIONAL WEEKS: Placements longer than 1 week follow the same format. You’ll be at project Monday to Friday, Saturdays and Sundays are free for exploring.

Project Details - Animal Welfare in Cambodia

  • The program fee is paid directly to the host organization.
  • All of the projects incur a registration fee of  U$ 149.00 on top of the program fee.
Start Dates of the Animal Rescue Project
rojects with the animal rescue in Cambodia start on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month. Volunteers should arrive on Sundays.

You can choose to volunteer from 2 to 24 weeks.
Orientation for volunteers in Cambodia takes place on Monday after the arrival date and includes a city tour.
Minimum: 4 weeks
Maximum: 24 weeks
Working Time
Working time from: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Break for lunch from: 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Working Days: 5 days (Monday to Friday)
Daily Distances
Project and accommodation: 1.5 km
Time required (one way): 10 min
How to get there (bus/walk): Tuk Tuk , Bicycle Costs per day for travel to the project: 10000 Riels (in local currency)
Accommodation in Phnom Penh
All volunteers that work in Phnom Penh will stay at the volunteer house. The house has just renovated to be the most comfortable and convenient for volunteers to feel like their home.
The house is located very close to the Russian Market and volunteers can walk just only around 5min. The volunteer house has electricity, cool & hot water and Wi-Fi access. The bathroom is inside all rooms. Bedrooms are comprised of single beds and bunk beds with bedding provided. The house also has a dining area downstairs, a living room with TV & books. Volunteers can expect to share a room with one or two other volunteers.
You will be provided with three meals per day: breakfast, lunch and dinner at each of our guesthouses. Khmer cuisine shares many commonalities with the food of neighbouring Thailand and Vietnam and commonly contains rice, vegetables, or noodles.

The kitchens are open from 6:00AM to 9:00PM and there are no restrictions on which selections can be chosen. Breakfast typically includes coffee, tea, and juice with bread or eggs. Lunch and dinner meals typically consist of rice, noodles, soup, vegetables, beef, fish, pork and fruit. If your workplace is not close to the house you also can ask the cook to pack a lunch for you.

CV and proof of education
Flexibility to participate in many different tasks.
Having obtained training in some areas or has some work experience in the related Animal, Vet, medical at University level is also helpful.
Has at least an intermediate level of English.


Volunteering in Cambodia

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