Thank you for your interest in volunteering

to help us help the animals we serve!

Had the best two months volunteering here. Would give them 10 stars if I could. It’s amazing how they work with animals. A great team! I would work with them again! BEST SUMMER EVER!

– Tamana Chhetri, Volunteer

Requirements for Non Medical Volunteers

  • Volunteers must be 18 yrs and older and:
  • Respect all animals, staff, working hours, regulations
  • Must volunteer for a minimum of 2 weeks
  • Work hours 9:30am – 5pm Monday – Saturday
  • Willing to do any of the assigned duties.

Requirements for Medical Volunteers

  • Must have completed a minimum of 3 years of Vet school
  • Must volunteer for a minimum of 2 weeks
  • Must Work hours 9:30am – 5pm Monday – Saturday
  • Must be willing to share information as well as learn
  • Willing to do any of the assigned duties

Duties include the following

Animal Welfare

  • Walk inpatient dogs
  • Grooming – Bathe/Brush
  • Clean eyes and ears (use cotton wool & water)
  • Fleas, worms, weight loss fur loss, cuts – alert staff if you see any
  • Dog hiking in the afternoon
  • Clean and fill water bowls
  • Training – train dogs how to sit, lie down, stay, etc
  • Food preparation and feeding
  • Make sure each dog in a cage has a clean, dry blanket
  • Do basic treatments like dressing change, fluid administration

Marketing and Fundraising

  • Take photos and write stories from Mobile Clinic, and shelter
  • Go on Mobile Clinic and take photos and gather stories
  • Write a blog post for the DAR blog
  • Work at Saturday Fundraising booth in Mcleodganj (seasonal)
  • Start a Fundraising page to raise funds for DAR
  • Write the Monthly Newsletter
  • Share our Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Twitter and Pinterest posts

General Tasks

  • Sweep and mop
  • Help with cleaning, sweeping mopping, picking up poop
  • Make chai for the staff
  • Do Laundry

Special Projects

  • Make compost
  • Teach the staff English, computers
  • Translate our brochures to Hindi, Tibetan, etc

For Medical Volunteers Only

  • Vets to perform Spay/Neuter Surgeries
  • Vet Students to assist in surgery
  • Vets and Vet Students to help with diagnoses and treatments
  • Contribute in any way possible!

Where to stay

We are excited to have you join us! Book your stay in beautiful Rakkar Village. 

Beautiful Village of Rakkar

Dharamsala Animal Rescue is located in the beautiful village of Rakkar. Rakkar is an agricultural village inhabited by the indigenous shepherd community called the Gaddi and has a population of around 1500 people. The village is still largely untouched by the invasion of modern life and is relatively self-sustainable in terms of the local economy, also because many people grow their own food and have their own land. See below for options in walking distance from DAR. You can also look on Airbnb for options.


Ghoomakad is a unique coworking, co-living, and creation place located in Village Rakkar, near Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh. We have 8 rooms and 2 team/family suits in the living area in a traditional mud-house setting. Apart from co-living, we have a 20+ seater coworking studio with reliable internet and power backup. Food is served in the community dining hall on the same premises.

To enquire, click HERE. 

Pahari Niwas Home Stay

Pahari Niwas Homestay is a new guesthouse with a clean double room and attached bathroom, just a 5-minute walk from the clinic.  Contact details are Praveen on 9882817429 or 9736717429 or email –

Pahari Niwas Homestay

Pahari Niwas Homestay is a new guesthouse with a clean double room and attached bathroom, just 5 minute walk from the clinic. Contact details are Praveen on 9882817429 or 9736717429 or email –

Looking to volunteer with us?

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