Are you passionate about making a difference for animals, but haven’t found the right opportunity yet?

Look no further! Our Souda Shelter in Crete needs compassionate volunteers like you to join our mission.

Whether you’re looking to gain hands-on experience for your future career, need a refreshing break from your daily routine, or simply want to spend your holidays in a meaningful way – we have a place for you on our team. 

You choose how often you can lend a helping hand, whether it’s a few hours a week or full days during your school breaks. Trust us, the work may be emotionally and physically demanding at times, but the incredible rewards of caring for our rescue animals make it all worthwhile.

Click here: Read our Welcome Letter for Volunteers

As a volunteer, you’ll get the chance to immerse yourself in the daily life of the shelter – from feeding and cleaning to playing with our adorable puppies and dogs. And if photography is your forte, we’d love for you to capture their personalities to showcase online.

Of course, we also welcome volunteers with practical skills, like fencing and woodwork. Whatever your strengths, we can find a meaningful way for you to contribute.

Situated just outside the charming town of Souda, our shelter offers easy access to the stunning beaches, culture, and sights of Crete. Stay right in town, or opt for a more relaxed beachside resort – we’re happy to help you find the perfect accommodation for your volunteer experience.

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. So what are you waiting for? Join our mission and make a real difference in the lives of Crete’s forgotten four-legged friends.

Read what previous volunteers write about their experience:

kaksikoiratarhalla.wordpress.com (Finnish)

What is the area like?

Of course, there are big supermarkets nearby where you’ll get anything. So, don’t worry about that.

Chania has a beautiful old town and a harbour. 

There are beautiful beaches around Chania and many traditional villages like Vamos, deep gorges and mountains 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. Busses will take you everywhere.

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