• Have you always wanted to do something good for the animals?
  • Help them but can’t donate or adopt?
  • Get experience for your future job?
  • Need a break from your daily routine?
  • Have a gap to fill between school and college/university etc.?
  • Spend your holidays in a unique way?
  • OR do you have technical skills or are good at woodwork, fencing etc?

In that case volunteering is a great option! Only thing you donate while volunteering is your time.

  • We do not charge you for volunteering.
  • You can choose how often you want to come and help.

Work at the shelter is both emotionally and physically challenging but incredibly rewarding. You will get a lot of experience when it comes to working with dogs and you will get a lot of experience about their pack behaviour.

The things volunteers will get to do at the shelter are daily chores like cleaning, feeding, unloading supplies and being with the dogs. Read our Welcome letter below!

If you like taking photos, tell us! In addition you could help us taking new photos of our dogs for our website.

Another possibility is to repair fences etc. at the shelter. If you are good at that and want to help in this area, please, tell us, so we can plan with you what would be best.

Volunteers from the US, Norway and Germany and a fellow rescuer with a shelter in Germany who helps to rehome our animals. Be a part of our project. It’s all about good people coming together❤️ The Souda Shelter Project

How to volunteer?

If you are interested in volunteering you can get in touch with us by our facebook or if your country has an association that supports our shelter you can also message them for more info. The association will answer questions you might have and help with little details about the trip and work at the shelter.

Click here: Read our Welcome Letter for Volunteers

Where to stay?

There is hotel in the center of Souda it is about one kilometer away from the shelter so going and coming is easy even by walking. It is also close to the bus stop that takes you straight to the city of Chania. The hotel is great for a short period of time but if you are planning to stay longer a room with a kitchen would be a better choice. We will help you with that.

Volunteer while on holiday

Maybe you are more interested in staying in the town centre of Chania with its scenic harbour, narrow streets, tourist shops and restaurants. Chania is also a very vibrant town with a lot of shops and kafenions for everyday Greek life during the whole time of the year. There is a bus service to Souda harbour and then it’s a 10 minute walk to the shelter.

If you want to stay during your volunteer experience in a more relaxing little town, you might want to choose one of the great beach resorts nearby which also have small shops and many restaurants. You could volunteer f.e. from 7:00 to 13:00 and then enjoy beach life or visit the many things to see in Chania or the area.

If you have questions, post it on our facebook group – there are many people there who can give excellent advice.

Read what previous volunteers write about their experience:

kaksikoiratarhalla.wordpress.com (Finnish)

Though the shelter is situated right next to the national road and has a bit of a Wild West feeling to it, Chania area, Akrotiri and the Apokoranas area are very beautiful.

There are many traditional villages like Vamos, deep gorges for hiking, famous Roman ruins in Aptera, the castle Frangokastello and the little town of Sfakia on the South coast, monasteries, Lake Kournas and even Rethymno (40 min) or Heraklion with Knossos and its world-famous archeological museum (2 hours) are within reach.

Impressions from the Apokoronas area – all within 35 minutes drive: