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Voluntourism Spotlight: Help Stray Dogs in Malta

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dogMalta may be a tiny nation of only 122 square miles over seven islands, but it’s also one of the of the most densely populated countries in the world. It is rapidly growing as a destination for Americans. The attraction? A warm, Mediterranean climate, ancient historical sites, and natural  attractions. But there are still needs on the island, and there are ways that you can help.

The Island Sanctuary in Malta is a non-profit, volunteer-only organization that has been in operation since 1986. Its mission is to run a no-kill sanctuary, and there are opportunities for volunteers to care for abandoned or stray dogs. Since these animals have gone through unfortunate situations, volunteers must have a love for working with animals and be comfortable working hard and getting a little dirty.

The facility has approximately 100 dogs (with space for more). Some of the duties include preparing meals, feeding them, assisting with giving medication, washing food bowls, grooming and washing, cleaning multiple feeding and living areas, and assisting with general maintenance. Volunteers will also be able to give them love and attention, take them for walks, and help maintain the overall health of these wonderful four-legged creatures.

Though most volunteers tend to be locals, they do welcome visitors who love dogs and have a sense of commitment. There are also many activities that volunteers can participate in, such as fundraising and charity events like dog walks and marathons. They also welcome donations,  especially leads and collars for medium-large sized dogs. For more information, email or click here.

Learn more about this program when Peter broadcasts his radio show from the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa in Malta.

By Hannah Townsley for