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“I love animals." “I have always wanted to work with animals”. “Animal rescue must be such a cool thing to do”. “What happens to an animal after it gets rescued?” Can I make a difference in the lives of animals without being a veterinarian or a full-time animal rescuer”? 

At RESQ, these are questions we are asked ever so often. The answer is always a resounding, “yes". There are animals that need help everywhere. We cannot be everywhere but empowering people with the right knowledge and awareness of how to act in dire situations involving animals is instrumental in preventing conflict situations and faster response when it is needed. While we are full-time engaged in multiple activities involving animal rescue, rehabilitation, community education and outreach, for an individual not working with us full-time there are still so many ways to contribute to help animals and make a difference. RESQ runs an active Volunteering Program (RVP) which is managed by a Volunteer Manager. Knowledge sharing, and capacity building while creating a community of conscious individuals to facilitate better human-animal coexistence, is the main objective of the RVP. 

Who can volunteer at RESQ?

We greatly appreciate all the voluntary help we can get from like-minded individuals, of all ages, who want to give their time to the organisation. We also engage with corporates whose employees want to be involved in volunteering programs or dedicate a particular day or weekend to volunteering with animals.

For companies/corporate volunteering programs please email our Volunteer Program Manager

What do volunteers do at RESQ?

Volunteers, once inducted and selected based on their skills, experience and time availability help at the RESQ Centre with upkeep, cleaning and equipment maintenance, admin related tasks, assist the veterinarians with treatment of animals, assist the rehabilitators with feed preparation and enrichment of the rehabilitation enclosures. More experienced volunteers and ones who have shown commitment by coming regularly also assist the team with field rescues and releases of animals.

How do you begin volunteering at RESQ?

The first step: attending the RESQ Volunteer Induction

The first step to being a part of the RVP is signing up for a RESQ Volunteer Induction. One Sunday of every month, is dedicated to inducting new volunteers to RESQ which includes information about the organization: RESQ’s journey and vision moving forward, RESQ processes and protocols, about the RESQ helplines - responsive and preventive communication, a walk around the centre giving volunteers an insight into the overall work culture and environment at RESQ, basic requirements to volunteer at RESQ and filling up a Volunteer Questionnaire to assess their interest, skills, experience and availability.

The second step: showing up to volunteer regularly!

Post the induction, volunteers are selected based on their skill, availability and experience to join the RVP. Volunteers are kept in touch with through a private communication channel and volunteer for spots available on the days we request for their assistance. Once at RESQ, volunteers are assigned duties for the day. Volunteers initially shadow senior rehabbers, rescuers and veterinarians and once they are experienced enough (minimum 30 hours under a month), they move onto more independent tasks. While at RESQ, they record their work done in a Volunteer Log Book and the Volunteer Program Manager supervises and signs off the work they manage to complete at the end of the day.

For the organisation, volunteers add immense freshness and zest to the work we do with their willingness to learn and improvise. Creating volunteering opportunities also enable us to screen and relate to those who share the intensity of passion toward touching animal lives, alike. Because, today’s volunteers can become tomorrow’s team members, working consistently towards determining a better fate for animals in the future.

If you are someone that feels compassionately about animals or are looking for an opportunity to work with them, you can sign up for the RESQ Volunteer Induction Program now: