Volunteers are essential for our work and as we expand our reach, Embark is always on the lookout for more help. Volunteers help with Embark events, at our partnered veterinary hospital and on follow-ups and rescues alongside the Embark team. Our volunteers also act as brand ambassadors, consistently educating and creating awareness whilst also raising funds for the cause. Please drop us an email at for all volunteering related queries. Volunteer Form Download From Here.
The Embark Adoption Day takes place at least twice a month. This is an opportunity for you to immerse yourself in most rewarding aspect of what we do – finding forever homes for street dogs and puppies. The days are filled with happiness for both the people as well as the dogs, it really is one of the best volunteer opportunities Embark offers.
- Every last Sunday of the month at ODEL Alexandra Place Carpark from 2.30 – 5.00 pm
- Once a month at a regional city
- Preparing for the event - assemble dog pens, fill water bowls, assist fosters with puppies, arrange chairs, sweep the area etc.
- During the event – promote puppies to adopters, answer questions, assist fosters, clean cages if soiled, refill water etc.
- Closing up – clean up and disassemble pens, stack chairs, sweep the area etc.
Visiting the Hospital:
The Animal Hospital is a special place that brings hope to many sick and injured street dogs. A big part of what we do involves rescuing street dogs that have met with unfortunate accidents on the road and at the hands of people.
Hospital visits are important so that we can visit the dogs and stay up to date on their progress. You will be surprised by just how loving and affectionate these dogs are even though most of them have had a less than desirable life on the streets. It is a great opportunity to understand the need for services such as Embark which are really their only hope.
- Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, Weekends
- Bathing dogs
- Applying skin lotion
- Assisting with physiotherapy
- Exercising dogs
Fundraising for Embark:
Embark’s field work is mainly funded by the sale of Embark merchandise but given that there are over one million homeless street dogs that need our help, these funds are not nearly enough. You can raise funds on behalf of sterilisation and vaccination, treatment for the sick and injured or for general support. Here are some figures to show that even the smallest contribution is useful.
- Cost of one sterilisation surgery Rs. 2475.00
- Cost of one anti-Rabies vaccine Rs. 500
You can fundraise for Embark, no matter where you are in the world. You can even get some friends together and make it a fun event like a Bake Sale or Food Fare. Embark will support you be sending you some Embark souvenirs to use for promotion. Here are some fundraising ideas you can use:
- Bake sale
- Car wash
- Till collection
- Personal challenge like a walk, bicycle ride or marathon
- Fund raising in your work place
Embark is always in need of good fosters. A foster is someone who can provide a loving temporary home for a rescued puppy or puppies until they are ready for adoption. Embark requires that each puppy be vaccinated before adoption and if female, also sterilised. Volunteer duties:
- Provide meals and clean drinking water.
- Provide shelter – a loving home environment is ideal
- Provide transport – to veterinary clinic and to Adoption Day
- Manage treatment or medication – only in the case of a sick dog if prescribed by veterinarian.
A sponsor is someone who will donate funds on a regular basis. We have five special needs dogs who require sponsorship. These dogs are with us permanently because despite their wonderful personalities and ability to go about their business quite independently, they are seen as less than perfect and no one has yet come forward to adopt them. Sponsors to support rescue dogs who are with us for long term treatment, are also welcome. You can use the stories of the special needs dogs to find sponsors for the dogs. It can be anyone: local or foreign, a group of people, a corporate or a school. Speak to us for details of each dog and their costs.
Carrying out follow up visits after adoptions:
After Adoption Day is over and the puppies go to their new homes, we make a follow up phone call to find out how everything is going. In some cases it is necessary to visit in person to ensure the puppies are being well taken care of and that the new owners are happy. You will be given a list of names, addresses and contact numbers along with a form to be filled out on each dog. Volunteers will conduct follow up visits in pairs and be given access to transport. Please bring a snack and bottle of water with you.
- Call owners before visiting
- Fill out form with details of the dog
- Take clear photographs of dog with owner