Thai Animal Sanctuary

Thai Animal Sanctuary was founded by Gemma Ashford in 2007 and is dependent on private donations. 

From caring for a few local street dogs, we now have a sanctuary and veterinary clinic, the only one serving this remote part of Kanchanaburi province. Work involves the health care and population control of many animals.


Volunteer opportunities

  • Vet/Vet Nurse Volunteers – We are always in need of people with veterinary skills, whether this is for something specific like a sterilisation project or for day to day animal treatments.
  • Sanctuary Volunteers – There is plenty to do at the sanctuary: walking dogs, grooming, cleaning, DIY jobs, fundraising, raising awareness, teaching on the education program, helping with accounts, updating the website, volunteer recruitment, asking for donations, starting campaigns, applying for grants, increasing adoption rates – and so much more!
  • Flight Volunteers – For this you don’t need to do anything other than accompany an animal on a journey to their forever home. For more details, see the “Flight Volunteer” section.
  • Volunteer Translator – We often need information translating from English into Thai and Burmese. If you are fluent in either of these languages, we would love to hear from you!
  • Other - There are also many different ways that you can help the sanctuary from the comfort of your own home.


Food & Accommodation

Vegetarian lunch and dinner is available to all of our volunteers in the Baan Unrak School Monday to Friday during the school term. Otherwise there is cheap food (75p/$1+ a meal) and accommodation (£2/$3+ a night) available locally.


What to Expect

Aside from loving animals, volunteers need to be enthusiastic, flexible, work well in a small team, and show initiative – as there won’t always be someone around to tell you what to do! We provide a highly detailed handbook to all prospective volunteers that keep them fully apprised of the conditions they are likely to face, and the work they are likely to do. To ensure safety, every volunteer is required to read this handbook, sign the appended disclaimer BEFORE arriving and follow the instructions explicitly.

All volunteers are EXPECTED to assist with looking after the sanctuary residents, which include regular daily tasks such as dog walking, cleaning cages, socialising with the animals, and cleaning bedding. In addition there are always plenty of other projects such as sanctuary repairs, maintenance, and lots and lots of cleaning tasks! Not all of the tasks are fun, some of them are hard work, and some are a bit dirty. But all of them are important to keep the sanctuary running and help the animals of Sangkhlaburi.

In addition to the regular daily tasks, volunteers WITH VETERINARY EXPERIENCE can assist with daily treatments, consultations, and the sterilisation project.

Generally, volunteers start at 8:00am and work until 5:00pm with a break for lunch. Volunteers are expected to be flexible as the hours may vary depending on how many volunteers are in the sanctuary and what happens during the day.

Volunteers work on a weekly rota/roster with one day off per week. We appreciate your time and hard work and will try to accommodate requests for additional time off where we can.


Contact / Enquiry

Thai Animal Sanctuary Reviews

There a no reviews, click 'Add a review' to submit one

Related Articles



About  |  Disclaimer  |  Privacy Policy  |  Company A-Z  |  Advertise  |  Press  |  Contact

One World 365 © 2007 - 2018