The Hope for Podencos Volunteer Program is intended for the benefit of our dogs. We have established rules for their emotional and physical safety. If you wish to volunteer with our program, we require you to complete our application form to be submitted and once approved, a signed agreement that our rules are understood and will be followed. The safety of our dogs is paramount. We will take a maximum of four volunteers per week. Volunteer duties include: cleaning, feeding, walking the dogs, playing with the dogs, vet runs and airport runs with our staff. You will have fun! It is impossible to spend time with our wonderful dogs and not return home without feeling like you have had an experience like no other!
We offer a residence in Albacete, Spain within the Hope for Podencos Centre that sleeps four people (two rooms - 1 with two doubles and 1 with twins), has a full kitchen, living area and bathroom. The residence is set within large traditional grounds and is a short drive into the local old Spanish village which includes bars, cafes, a Spanish panaderia (typical bakery), pharmacy, bank and a small supermarket.
PLEASE NOTE: Solo volunteers or parties of two will likely share the residence with other volunteers.
Options for getting to the Hope for Podencos Centre:
• Fly into Alicante, Madrid and Valencia airports
• Direct trains into Albacete from the mainline station
-Alicante to Albacete ~1 hr
-Madrid to Albacete ~1.5 hrs
-Valencia to Albacete ~2 hrs
• We do have space to park cars for those that want to drive
Seven day volunteer stay:
• 200 Euros per person (including food for meals - lunch is provided, induction and cleaning fees)
-Excludes, off-site trips and specific food allergy requirements (although of course we do our best to accommodate where we can).
Volunteer Johannes spending time with Podenco mama Bunty (top left), washing (bottom) and drying (top right) her puppies
There is always plenty of the unexpected at Hope for Podencos — we start out the day with good intentions to accomplish specific things but the next thing you know, we hear of a Podenco sighting and everything changes! But first and foremost — it is always about what is best for the dogs!!! An information pack is provided on arrival so you can learn the dogs, their needs what they like!
To see availability for volunteer slots please view our calendar below.
Having a volunteer program is invaluable to our charity, and we welcome all of those wanting to come and visit us! However there are costs involved that we simply cannot cover and therefore need to ask our volunteers for a contribution. There is the time taken for us to oversee and supervise volunteers and the overall program costs for utilities, etc. You will be included in all the Hope for Podencos activities from veterinary visits and creating media if time permits.
We will do our best to ensure that our volunteers experience the full spectrum of Hope for Podencos life!