The Animal Care Center of St. John is committed to the idea of voluntourism.
How can I help?
There are 3 areas in which you can help out at the shelter:
- Dog- Volunteer: You can take the shelter dogs out for a walk between 8:30 am and 3.00 pm from Monday till Saturday. Every Sunday there is a group National Park Hike at 8:30 am. Other responsibilities in this area are: socializing, playing, washing, drying, folding & putting away laundry and dishes, brushing, bathing and assisting staff with feedings.
- Cat- Volunteer: Socializing and playing with cats and kittens; Washing, drying, folding & putting away laundry and dishes; Cleaning and drying cat cages and play areas; Washing, drying, and refilling litter boxes; Brushing and grooming cats; Assisting staff with feedings
- Wild cats- Help: The shelter has over twenty feeding stations around the island for feeding feral cats. Part of their program is to trap feral cats on Tuesday nights, bring them to the local vet office on Wednesday morning for testing, spay/neuter, and then pick them up at the end of the day to release them back to where they were trapped. They always need volunteers to assist with trapping. Traps can be picked up from the ACC Tuesday through Saturday.
What are the costs?
The program is free but you should try to contact them before you arrive. You have to pay for your own accommodation and food etc.
What can I expect?
Perfect beaches and awesome dogs.
Where should I stay?
St. John is quite expensive and there are no hostels on the island. After some research I believe these two options are the cheapest:
1. Cinnamon Bay Campground / $67 per day
2. Airbnb / 82€ per day
What to bring?
Your bathing suit obviously. Walking boots and a hat wouldn’t hurt either.
The Animal Care Center of St. John
PO Box 429, 00831
08:30 – 16:00
08:30 – 16:00