LSPCA is always looking for volunteers, there are many ways you can work with us. We offer comprehensive programmes from two weeks to several months for international volunteers who want to improve their profession skills (e.g teachers, vets, vet nurses, journalists and marketing experts) or gain experience for their degree.
We can comply with EMS requirements for veterinary students, you will be involved in a range of clinical programmes and supervised at all times by an experienced vet. We also welcome students wanting to gain animal welfare experience for their school placements or members of the local community who can spare a couple of hours each week to help with socialising our animals, education programmes, maintenance work, fundraising etc. We will give you the opportunity to utilise your skills in a veterinary practice, animal shelter, schools and in the field. Most importantly, it's a fantastic opportunity to dedicate your time and passion to supporting communities that greatly appreciate your expertise, professional training and commitment to animal welfare.
The main projects which you can get involved with include:
1.Veterinary Clinic and mobile veterinary clinics
This department of LSPCA is always in high demand by volunteers, clients and local communities. You will work with our veterinary team in our private and also at our community clinics in local villages- often working under a tent with minimal equipment- a great test of your skills!. Our skilled, friendly and passionate vet team welcome volunteers and our combined animal welfare and clinic operations offer excellent EMS opportunities for vet students. We also welcome experienced vet and look forward to exchanging skills. Some of the activities you will be involved with:
- A busy clinic and veterinary hospital, a cattery, rehoming shelter and boarding kennels
- Interaction with LUANAR’s veterinary students during clinic and field work
- Three visits per week to farming communities with cows, sheep, goats, chickens, dogs, cats, rabbits, donkeys, ducks and pigs, to conduct farm clinics and run donkey welfare training for farmers
- Weekly spay/neuter and primary health clinics for animals as part of our urban dog population management programme
- EMS placements are supervised by the LSPCA Veterinary Advisor
2. Rehoming Shelter
Our rehoming shelter includes Government approved quarantine kennels, rehoming kennels and a cattery. We continually strive to be a leading example in how to care for domestic animals so there is a clear daily routine where cleanliness, canine training and feline enrichment are paramount. We promote an 'adopt don't shop' message to the public, providing healthy, vaccinated animals to caring 'forever homes'. We rely heavily on volunteers to take our dogs for walks and to train them, to groom our cats, handle our kittens and to generally give all of our shelter animals some well-deserved love.
3. Humane Education
LSPCA is currently piloting the first ever national humane welfare project in Lilongwe and Dedza, aiming to teach the children attitudes of care, respect and responsibility towards their fellow human beings, animals, and their environment. Upon completion in July 2017, LSPCA, World Animal Net and other organisations will work with the Mininstry of Education to include these important lessons and life skills into the national school curriculum! Volunteers assist in planning and delivering lessons to school children of ages 9 to 13 years, using interactive teaching techniques and writing monthly education reports. The lessons are always lots of fun and the children always inspire us with their poems, artwork, role-plays and songs about caring for animals.
4. Annual Community Projects
Our Rabies Campaign runs from July to August each year. This is an incredibly busy period, LSPCA vaccinates over 34,000 dogs and cats in 1 month. Volunteers are a vital part of the team vaccinating dogs & cats against rabies, collecting data on the animals vaccinated and visiting schools to educate children about rabies and what to do if they are bitten by a dog. This is an intense campaign but vital to Malawi as rabies kills nearly 500 Malawians per year (according to WHO, with 45% being children and 99% of human rabies cases contracted from rabid dog bites.
LSPCA holds three major fundraisers throughout the year (the BMIS Lilongwe Triathlon, Dog Walk and Formal Ball) to promote animal welfare and to raise funds for our rehoming shelter. We welcome help from international and local volunteers to assist in organising and planning events, publicity, and ensuring the events go smoothly on the day. We also hold a fundraising stall each month at Woodland’s Farmers Market which requires a lot of baking and toy making! If you would like to help with any of these events, please contact us.