NB: Sadly we do not currently take in volunteers. 

At SAWA we normally take in volunteers on a regular basis and very much appreciate the extra hands, but since we are currently building a new shelter, we do not have the opportunity to take in people at the moment. 

We do however invite people that would like to take a dog for a walk to come by. This is every morning at 9 am, but as we are working, visitors will have to make it to the shelter by themselves.



We have no easy access to the shelter as the dirt roads have not been repaired by the State after the winter storms, and you are strongly advised to take care if driving in a rental vehicle.

The most smooth way to drive or walk up, is just before entering the village of Emborio. On your right hand you will spot a big sign of an AVIN gas station. Before you reach it make a left - it looks like a U turn heading towards the mountain. If you are planning to walk, that side road is a good place to park.

Take into account that it is a 25 to 30 minute hike on foot. You just follow the dirt road to an elevated gorge formation, and all the way up that narrow passage will lead you to our donkey area. We accept dog walkers at 9am so please wear relevant closed shoes, hats, sun protection and water as temperatures tend to rise fast this time of the year.


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Being a Volunteer

As a volunteer at SAWA there is a number of tasks that needs to get done everyday. A normal day is often starts at 08.00 am - 13.00 pm and consists of: 

  • Cleaning the shelters

  • Feeding the animals 

  • Walking the dogs

  • Hanging with the animals and giving and receiving a lot of love. 

Beside the daily rutines there are also many ad hoc tasks that needs to be taken care of - depending on the season of your stay. 

We love to get help - but we unfortunately do not have any accommendation opportunities for volunteers.

Voluntering at SAWA requires that volunteers have a place to stay of their own and the shelter do not have funds to pay for this accommendation.


We hope to be able in the future to offer a free place at the shelter - but this is currently not an option we have.

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