Dog Rescue in Sierra Leone.

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Sierra Leone is home to a large population of feral dogs. Many of these dogs are pets that were abandoned by the people of Sierra Leone as they fought for their own survival during years of civil war. Many more dogs have been born on the streets where they struggle daily for survival. Estimates now place the stray dog population as high as 27,000 in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown. These dogs live hard lives. With no veterinary care, many are suffering from injuries and illnesses that could easily be treated or prevented. Already in poor health, it is common for these stray dogs to die from starvation and from lack of shelter. The feral dog population also poses a very serious health risk to the people of Sierra Leone through dog bite injuries and the transmission of rabies. AEI's partner in Sierra Leone has been working toward a humane solution to this problem. Their approach has been to provide community-based solutions while lobbying the government for lasting changes. Spay, neutering, de-worming and vaccination programs have assisted tens of thousands of dogs to date. Outreach programs have increased people's awareness of the humane options available to control the dog population. As these animals become healthier and people become less fearful, the hope is that dogs will once again be welcomed into the community as valued companions. Help make this happen - volunteer to assist the street dogs of Sierra Leone today.

Includes: Airport pick up and drop off (at closest airport), Accommodation, Lunches and Meals while On-site, On-site training, Donation to Placement Partner, AEI Travel Manual, $10 Credit in our Zazzle store (towards the purchase of recycled water bottles, reusable bags, etc), American and Canadian clients get 50% off at the online AEI IceBreaker store, Emergency support while at Placement, Premium Individual Travel Insurance (up to $500, 000 USD in emergency medical coverage), Travel discounts (through automatic membership to a volunteer only travel discount program), 24/7 Travel and emergency assistance. Are you thinking of fundraising for a portion, or all your fees? Many of our clients have been very successful with their fundraising efforts. To learn more about their successful fundraising projects and see how you can fund raise for your experience, please visit our fundraising page!

Excludes: Flights, Entry visa costs, International and domestic airport taxes, Immunizations and medications. Note: The rabies vaccine is recommended but not required for this Experience however, if volunteers are interested in becoming rabies vaccinated, the average cost is $600- $1000 in North America.

Accommodation: You will be staying in the organization’s volunteer housing, you will be provided with a driver who will be picking you up and dropping you off, every day. Your lunches will be provided by the Placement Partner, the rest of the meals you will be preparing yourself. Are you nervous about travel and your safety? It's okay, travelling and volunteering can be overwhelming, that is why we exist! To help you travel safe, volunteer smartly and get back home in one piece. To read more about how we help you stay safe, please read our Guide to Safety.

Volunteer Activities: Medical volunteer activities include assessing, diagnosing and treating sick and injured dogs, administering anesthesia and assisting with / performing surgical procedures (spays and castrations). Other volunteer activities include assisting with the community outreach program, office administration, fundraising, on-line promotion and general support of the organization's activities.

This is an ongoing program with operations every day of the year. There are no specific start or end dates. We work with you and your schedule so you can serve this community and help animals when you are available.

Classification of Placement: Medical: Entry, Advanced and Specialized. Standard: Entry, Advanced and Specialized.

No matter what your experience level, you can volunteer with this Placement Partner. However, if you are looking for a Placement to use your specific skills, the professionals who would be most beneficial to this placement would be Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians/Nurse.

All classifications of volunteers are needed by this Placement partner and we encourage you to apply no matter your skill or experience level. However, if you are looking for a Placement to use your specific skills, the professionals who would be most beneficial to this placement would be volunteers with experience in: veterinary medicine, administration, accounting and design.

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OAVTThis is an official pre-approved OAVT Partnership. All participants are eligible for a minimum of 5 Continuing Education credits.
Trip Cost
length of stay
Price (IN CANADIAN DOLLARS)
2 weeks $ 1770
3 weeks $ 2355
4 weeks $ 2690
8 weeks $ 4280
Groups of 5 more: 10% off individual fees.