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Voluntourism Spotlight: Help Animals with The Milo Foundation

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Milo FoundationVoluntourism is a great way to travel and give back to the local community. No matter where you’re visiting, there are opportunities to give back all over the world.

This week, we’re looking at a program where volunteers can help animals in Northern California. Check out the program below and remember to tune in to Peter Greenberg Worldwide this weekend for more information. Plus, don’t forget to check out our archive for all kinds of voluntourism opportunities.

Located in Point Richmond, California in Mendocino County, the Milo Foundation is a non-profit domestic animal shelter that helps provide homes and care for dogs, cats, and occasionally farm animals or other domesticated animals.

Founded in 1994, the Milo Foundation is a no-kill sanctuary that helps provide food and housing for stray animals in Northern California. Located on more than 283 acres, there is plenty of room for animals to roam. The goal of the Milo Foundation is to take in adoptable at-risk animals and find them permanent homes. A part of the foundation’s core mission is also to help educate people about proper pet ownership and care.

There are many ways that volunteers can get involved with the Milo Foundation. If you’re okay with getting dirty, day volunteers can join regular workers and help wash and clean up after the animals. If you’re interested in directly helping animals find homes, another option is joining the mobile adoption events in the East Bay, Berkeley, and Oakland.

These all-day events take multiple volunteers and pets to surrounding areas to find good homes. For those looking to get more involved, the Milo Foundation has put out a call for volunteers with the following skill sets: lawyers, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, sheet rockers, tile setters, painters, photographers, public relations professionals, and those in advertising.

For more information email the foundation at or call (415) 454-6456.

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