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Volunteer at these 5 animal sanctuaries in Malta, and get so much love in return!
Find animal sanctuaries in Malta that you can support by volunteering or donating. This could be the most rewarding thing you'll ever do.

Melanie Drury

Volunteer and get love at these 5 animal sanctuaries

I have grown up with many pets, and have come to regard animals as little persons in animal bodies. Each creature has its own personality and unique quirks. Most animals are capable of bonding with humans and offer affection, loyalty and even protection. Yet, sometimes, it is they who need protection. Pets are abandoned for various reasons, leaving them alone to fend for themselves in a world that is not particularly friendly towards strays. And some humans feel such compassion that they set up animal sanctuaries, where they give up their time voluntarily to care for the voiceless. 

At a time when many animal lovers are unable to have pets of their own, volunteering at a shelter is a great way to integrate the natural being of animals into the clockwork of human life. Stroking animals and playing with them is demonstrated to have healing effects on the human body, mind and spirit. Give some time at an animal sanctuary and get more rewards than you could even imagine. Sponsor, donate, volunteer or adopt a pet at one of these animal sanctuaries in Malta.

1. Association for Abandoned Animals, moving from Marsa to Birzebbugia

The Association for Abandoned Animals is in greatest need during a time when its premises are being withdrawn and a new location is being urgently prepared to house more than 80 dogs. Support, especially financial, is urgently required and highly appreciated. Pictured is Alyn Tamir, on her recent visit to Malta with world-renowned vlogger Nas Daily, also calling for donations to AAA.

2. The Island Sanctuary, Marsaxlokk

This well-established dog sanctuary in Marsaxlokk is set inside a fortress at Xrobb L-Ghagin. This is a beautiful place to walk a dog, complete with trees and wonderful views. Help with the more laborious jobs, such as cleaning, is even more welcome! Any kind of support is always much-needed and highly appreciated.

3. Tomasina Cat Sanctuary, Qormi

This is where the cats are. Cat lovers understand how there is nothing quite like stroking a purring cat, and here you'll find many. The beautiful thing about caring for animals is that you get to be with them and enjoy them too.

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4. Malta Horse Sanctuary, Siggiewi

Those who love horses but cannot keep their own can almost feel like they do when they take on some responsibility at the Malta Horse Sanctuary and get to ride their favourite horse. One-off visits will also find volunteers something to do and offer time with the beautiful horses.

5. Noah’s Ark Sanctuary, Mellieha

Located in Mellieha almost at Cirkewwa, the furthest northern tip of the island, Noah's Ark dog sanctuary is more accessible to dog lovers living in the north who wish to help and support a dog sanctuary, as the others are located in the south. From donations to sponsorship, from dog-walking to cleaning out muck, volunteers for any kind of help is welcome.

Animal Welfare: when an animal needs help

If you find an injured animal or a stray cat or dog in Malta that needs treatment, do something! Call the Animal Welfare Department on the following numbers: (+356) 1717 or (+356) 7996 9918 - the service is FREE of charge.

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Melanie Drury
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Melanie Drury
Melanie was born and raised in Malta and has spent a large chunk of her life travelling solo around the world. Back on the island with a new outlook, she realised just how much wealth her little island home possesses.

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