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 – 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested – there is a $20 per student per hour charge.
Visit Defensa Horses & Sanctuary in Aibonito
Learn to or Teach others … HORSE Handling, Riding, Grooming and there are also Horse Adoption opportunities By Appt. Only Please! email@example.com. A $20 donation to our caregiver & trainer in Airbonito is required as well as a donated bag of horse feed when you visit. If you need help covering these requirements please let us know. We will help you cover. Because our horse caregiver & trainer needs to be paid for his time and the food helps teach the horses to come to us when called! Location is ‘Routa Panoramica Calle 7722 ~KM 5’
Horse Help with PintosRUs / La Quinta
Working with horses can be dangerous so if you are new to horses and have the desire to engage more with horses please consider taking a ride with Rincon’s PintosRUs and deciding how much time you want to put into becoming skilled with horses. There is also ‘La Quinta de Aragón‘ in Anasco. You can take riding or handling classes with them to determine your skill set and your comfort level. Both of these groups help us rescue horses and at times they might have volunteer opportunities too but they can always help us know what you can do safely for the horses Defensa needs help with.
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. 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.
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.
Manage Our Animals for Adoption Webpage
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 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
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!
Help another group with their Animals
There are so many wonderful animal rescue groups in Puerto Rico please don’t stop just with Defensa. We have listed the groups we know of our other groups & vets page.