Volunteer & Community Service Hours
We are a 501c3 and happy to have your help!
Defensa is a ‘Virtual’ Organization in that we have no dog or cat shelter – We do have horses we take in. We highly recommend you read about our Open Rescue Program and visit our Rescued Animals and Animals for adoption to fully understand how we work. Following are some volunteer ideas, but we are open to creativity and self starters! We are happy to have your help and then sign off on community service hours for local students.
Take a Dog or Cat to The Vet
Many times our rescuers are helping street animals and it is difficult for the rescuer to get their animal to the Vet (on Defensa’s dime). If you are interested in being connected with a rescuer to offer help in transportation and Vet runs we would love for you to email us at email@example.com
Hold a Fundraiser
You can sell something, throw a party, bake sale, garage sale, online campaign or just ask your friends
Raise Funds Online
You can simply follow and share our online and email fundraising activities or you can create your own! Start by joining our Newsletter and following us on Social Media
Donate a nightly or monthly percentage of your Business Sales to Defensa
If you don’t have a Business, maybe you can work with a local Rincon business – or even a business in another part of the World you have connections to, and come up with a fund raising idea. It really can be as simple as ONE DAY OF SALES go towards Defensa. And then we can promote it on facebook! It’s a win win … brings exposure to the business offering the percentage and raises money for street animals in need!
Horse Help with PintosRUs / La Quinta
Please contact PintosRUs directly to see what their current volunteer opportunities are based on your comfort with and knowledge of horses. There is also ‘La Quinta de Aragón‘ in Anasco. NOTE: Please mention ‘Defensa’ if you reach out to these groups, it helps build good will between organizations, we appreciate that!
Horse Help For Those Experienced with Horses
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are experienced around horses and comfortable grooming, feeding, watering, etc. When Defensa has new immediate Horse Volunteer opportunities we post to our Facebook/DefensaRincon page so please follow if you are interested in helping with our Horse Rescue in Puerto Rico program.
Horse Help Physical Labor
If you are interested in helping build/repair barbwire fencing for our horses and/or cleaning the open lands our rescued horses reside in around Rincon please email us at email@example.com. Cleaning can be cutting down weeds, picking up trash or just walking the fence line looking for areas that need repair. There is also opportunity to help in Aibonito Puerto Rico, at our Sister Horse Sanctuary, if you speak Spanish.
Advocate for One Rescue
All of our rescues need more exposure on the internet to raise money for their recover and Vet services. You can view all our active rescues on our Defensa Poundwishes page. There you can decide if there is one rescue you’d like to work to promote on social media. Not all of our rescues are in need of a forever home, but if they are you can also help market them for adoption. To understand how our Defensa Adoption process works please reference the very bottom of our Puerto Rico Animals for Adoption page
Help Barks of Hope with their Dogs
Barks of Hope rescues many dogs from all around the Island of Puerto Rico. They have a facility in Rincon Puerto Rico and they often need hands to help with all their adorable barkers. Please contact them directly.