We welcome volunteers to our clinic through our partners Worldwide Vets:
ZAASO has been working alongside Worldwide Vets for over 10 years, bringing veterinary care to the animals of this island and supporting the training of both international and local veterinarians. To discover more about volunteering, please head to their website where you can see more details and make an application to join us. One of the Worldwide Vets team will respond to your inquiry and answer any questions you have, as well as help you plan all aspects of your trip to Zanzibar.
ABOUT Zanzibar Animals Affection Society (ZAASO)
ZAASO is a hub of activity for animals requiring medical treatment. No animal is turned away and patients include donkeys, cows, goats, dogs, cats and sometimes a bird or a monkey.
This is a fundraising project for ZAASO and all volunteer funds received go directly to keep the NGO going.
As a charitable donation-funded NGO we aim to:
- Establish care, support and animal protection services
- Tackle the stray animal population problem
- Stop animal overloading, beating, mishandling and cruelty
- Provide education and awareness to local communities
The workload varies throughout the week and the year but generally, the vet is busy spaying, castrating, responding to emergency and house calls as well as attending to animals brought directly to the clinic.
On Saturday morning there is an Open Community Clinic where the local people bring their cows, goats and dogs for free dip-washing. Our vet also attends to any animal brought in for medical treatment; be it cows, goats, dogs, cats or the occasional chicken or rabbit. Often over 50 animals pass through the clinic on any given Saturday.
Only basic medical equipment is available in Zanzibar, which means the work environment can be challenging. More gets done with less and as much as it can be difficult sometimes it is also immensely rewarding to treat an animal or save its life with almost no means.
- Maintenance & cleaning of kennels
- Dog walking and grooming
Our principal activities are:
- Sterilizations, vaccinations and surgeries
- House-calls around the island (weekly mobile clinic in North, South, and North-East coast)
- Treatment of animals brought to the clinic
- Saturday Open Clinic for the local community
Don’t worry if you have no training or experience with animal care, we will show you how to assist and participate at the clinic and during house calls. There is enough to do around and everything is as important and helpful:
- Changing bandages, bathing animals, providing medication
- Bathing animals suffering from parasite or skin problems
- Feeding cats, dogs, horses and donkeys
- Nursing sick animals with the Vet’s guidance
Those studying Veterinary Medicine or Nursing will work alongside our Vet and learn academic and clinical skills:
- Participate in supervised surgery
- Help spay and castrate animals
- Develop skills in wound care and management
- Learn to splint/cast and manage broken legs
- Scrub in to soft tissue surgeries
- Develop clinical confidence by participating in consultations
- Learn how to diagnose diseases without laboratory test facilities
- Learn to triage emergency cases
LIFE AS A VOLUNTEER
It’s a team effort all round and everyone mucks in to help with the daily chores. It’s a volunteer experience like no other: expect hands-on work, occasionally long days of intense cases and emergencies from one end of the island to the other. It’s an unforgettable learning experience in a community and environment with challenging infrastructure, limited access to veterinary resources, and sometimes heart-breaking animal abuse.
Monday to Friday: clinic attendance and client-based veterinary work as well as mobile clinic days
Saturday: Open Community Clinic in the morning and afternoons free
ACCOMMODATION & MEALS
Accommodation is on a share basis and volunteers are required to buy their own food and drinks for the duration of their stay. There are fresh seafood, meat and vegetable markets in Stone Town, which provide cheap and delicious ingredients to cook yourself. There are also plenty of restaurants and market stalls offering local food.
DURATION OF YOUR STAY
Minimum stay is 1 week, maximum stay is 3 months and we are open all year round.