Animal Shelter Volunteer with a dog

How to Volunteer at an Animal Shelter

Someone that always loved pets or animals, might have come with the idea some time to volunteer at an animal shelter. With that decision, comes several questions: Where to look for volunteer opportunities? What are the pros and cons of volunteering at a shelter? What are the steps to becoming a volunteer at an animal […]


Let’s talk about types of animal shelters

Although there are many animal shelters around our countries, not all shelters are created equal. Some of the most important and effective animal shelters have the ultimate goal of helping people who need pets. Thankfully, there are so many pet stores, rescue organizations, and shelters that help those with no other place to go. In addition, some shelters also offer daycare for pets that need additional care.

Different types of services offered

Limitations of some animal shelters

We all know that not all open-admissions animal shelters are the same, but in the end they are all trying to do their best to save as many pets as they can.

One of the limitations is that for example, not all animal shelters take in all types of pets, unfortunately. If you want to adopt a pet from one of the most shelters, make sure you ask if there is a specific type of shelter that takes pets. You then should beforehand ask whether the shelter has any specialized programs for cats, dogs or any other animal.

Basically, if you want to adopt a dog from a shelter, look for a dog rescue or an animal shelter that accepts only dogs. If you want to adopt a cat from an animal shelter, look for one that offers cat-adoption services. By learning about the specific requirements of each shelter, you will be able to select the animal shelter that best fits your needs.


Reviewing Animal Shelters in the Netherlands

Dierenasiel Crailo en dierenasiel Almere

Dierenasiel Crailo en dierenasiel Almere (Animal Shelter Crailo and Animal Shelter Almere) each year collect more than 5,000 pets from their region which are brought in as stray animals or which are abandoned by their owners.

Dierenasiel Crailo is located in Hilversum and collects pets from the Gooi, Eemland and Vecht region. Zusterasiel Almere is located in Almere and collects pets from Almere e.o. Stray and long-distance pets are first quarantined for 14 days, a period in which they can also relax after an often stressful period. Only after the quarantine period can they be rehomed.

All shelter animals have been dewormed, vaccinated, medically examined and, if necessary, treated.