Koh Lanta: Cat- & Dog Resuce

There are many options to volunteer in Thailand, most of them are in the humanitarian area. The project I want to talk about today is focused on animal protection. I visited Koh Lanta in 2015 and came across the Lanta Animal Welfare – project. Koh Lanta is a small and beautiful island located south of Krabi und it only takes you a few hours to see the whole island by scooter.

Information about the Lanta Animal Welfare -Project:

How can I help?

There are 4 areas for you to help:

– Day Trip Help:

You can visit the shelter without an appointment and take a tour through the shelter. The daily tours start at 11 am and 3 pm. Before and after the tour you can play with the cats that are chilling at the shelter, which you can see it in the picture above.You can also take a dog out for a walk. The tour is free but after the tour you should donate some money – how much you give is up to you.

– 1-3 months:

You can stay up to 3 months at the shelter to volunteer, if you want to. The only restrictions the shelter has are a minimum stay of one month and you have to be at least 21 years old.

– Flight Volunteer:

To become a flight volunteer for Lanta Animal Welfare is EASY and will cost you nothing. They will arrange everything for you including all paperwork. But need to let them know in advance to give them time to organize everything. If you are interested in becoming a flight volunteer check out this page: Flight Volunteer

– Vet:

If you’re a qualified vet you can help by controlling the overpopulation of strays and relieving the pain of suffering animals. You will have to sterilize animals on a daily basis as well as examine and treat pets.

How much does it cost?

  • The day trip + tour is free.
  • 1-3 months: 9500 Baht for the first month /  the second month is free and 4000 Baht for the third. The shelter needs 4500 Baht as a deposit which you will get back after the first month. Accommodation is included in these fees.
  • Flight Volunteer: free
  • Vet: The same conditions as for the 1-3 month volunteers but with some extras: free cooking class, 50% discount for the next door restaurant and employee discount at the bar.

What can I expect?

Koh Lanta is a beautiful island with beautiful beaches and with a very rough natural vibe. And there are monkeys, too!


How do I get there?

Via Phuket:

Just take the ferry from Phuket town that also passes Phi Phi Island, where you will have to wait for about an hour. After Phi Phi Island the ferry goes straight to Koh Lanta. The whole ride takes about 2 hours.

Price: 22€ – 35€ 

Via Koh Samui:

It takes about 9 hours in total to get to Koh Lanta from Koh Samui. First you get on a ferry that brings you to Don Sak, the drive takes about 45 minutes. After that you can hop on a bus to Krabi which will take 3 hours. In Krabi you need to take another bus to get to the peer and board the ferry to get to Koh Lanta. To plan your whole trip I would advice you to use http://www.rome2rio.com.

Price: 70- 75€

Where can I stay?

If you only want to make a day trip to the shelter you will need to book your own accommodation. We stayed at the Blue Andaman Lanta Resort and liked it.


Lanta Animal Welfare
629 Moo.2, Koh Lanta, Krabi, Thailand, 81150
+66 (0)843 044 331

Opening hours: 09:00 am Uhr bis 5:00 pm

E-Mail: volunteer@lantaanimalwelfare.com 

Other animal shelter volunteer projects in Thailand:

  1. Care for Dogs
  2. Baan Unrak Thai Animal Sanctuary
  3. Elephant Nature Park Dogs
  4. Lanna Dog Welfare
  5. Santisook Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation
  6. Koh Tao Animal Clinic
  7. Rescue PAWS
  8. Dog & Cat Rescue Samui Foundation
  9. Phangan Animal Care Thailand
  10. Soi Dog Foundation

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