Volunteer & Community Service Hours

We are a 501c3 and happy to have your help!

Defensa is very honored and proud to be listed on the 2018 Consumers Advocate 10 Best Volunteer Opportunities in Puerto Rico.  Defensa is a ‘Virtual’ Organization in that we have no dog or cat shelter, but we have opportunities to help dogs and cats listed below.  We do have donated lands around Rincon Puerto Rico that house our rescued horses and where there are opportunities to volunteer.   We highly recommend you read about Animal Rescue in Puerto Rico 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 an Adoptable Dog or Cat Back Home

Many times people reach out to us before they come to visit Puerto Rico asking how they can volunteer.   The #1 most important thing you can do is take a rescued dog or cat back home with you.  There are simply too many unwanted animals on the Island.  If you don’t want another animal for yourself you can foster it from your home and Defensa can help market for adoption from your home!  Or you can arrange with a reputable no-kill cage-free shelter in your area to help.   If this sounds of interest to you start planning now.   We can work with you to setup a fundraiser to cover the airline flight back home.   Email us to get started defensarincon@gmail.com

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 defensarincon@gmail.com

Hold a Fundraiser or Raise Funds Online

You can sell something, throw a party, bake sale, garage sale, online campaign or just ask your friends.  *OR* 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.  Here is a 1 page PDF that might be helpful About – Defensa Animal de Rincon Puerto Rico

Horse Help For Those Experienced with Horses, or Wanting to learn Horses

Please contact us at defensarincon@gmail.com if you are experienced around horses and comfortable grooming, feeding, watering, etc.  If you are new to horses but would like to learn to feed and groom our horses also email us.     When Defensa has new immediate Horse Volunteer opportunities we post to Facebook/DefensaRincon & Rincon Puerto Rico FB, so please follow if you are interested in helping with our Horse Rescue in Puerto Rico program.  There are normally opportunities to feed and water horses from outside their living area.  This work is not so glamorous but many find it very rewarding and a way to get more comfortable around horses.

Learn to Ride & Handle Horses in Rincon

There are weekly opportunities, by appointment, to learn to ride and handle horses in Rincon. Email us at defensarincon@gmail.com if you are interested – this is a donation based activity and the donation goes directly to our Professional Horse Trainers and Handlers who are critical to our abilities to continue to rescue horses.  Or you can volunteer to be an assistant in such a class.   We are able to take our horses to schools and events for a donation.  All these activities help support our abilities to rescue horses.   Get an idea of the events by visiting our facebook album Defensa Equine Education and Horse Class.

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 defensarincon@gmail.com.  Cleaning can be cutting down weeds, using a weed-wacker/trimmer in fields, picking up trash or just walking the fence line looking for areas that need repair. You will need your own tools and machines.

Help with the Dogs at Barks Of Hope

Our friends at Barks of Hope can normally always use hands to walk and wash, etc dogs.   Reach them at 201-966-1965 and please mention Defensa so they feel our love for what they do 🙂

Manage Our Animals for Adoption Web Page

Currently we simply post photos of our adoptable animals to our Facebook Album ‘Adopt Me’ and than those photos are automatically shared to our DefensaRincon.org/Adopt page.   But if we had more computer hands we could take advantage of RescueGroups.org.    We have an account with them, we used to use them and we can show/explain to you how to manage it if you have a few hours a week to dedicate to maintaining our page.   The beauty of RescueGroups.org is they automatically propagate all the rescues you enter to the big adoption sites like Petfinder, All Paws, Adopt A Pet, etc.    But currently we just don’t have the hands to keep the listing current with all the vital information an adopter would want to see.

Advocate for One Rescue

All of our rescues need more exposure on the internet to raise money for their recovery and Vet services, some need exposure for adoption.   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

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!

Our Yearly Community Appreciation Day “Dia de Defensa at The Wok” /  If you are in Rincon around March/April when we normally hold the event your help would be greatly appreciated!