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Volunteering with JCN not only allows you to do something to save the lives and reduce the suffering of Japan’s stray and abandoned animals, but you can also be part of a great group of people. Help us plan events, start TNR projects, get the word out; there are lots of ways that you can become a part of the amazing things that we accomplish every year. With just a little of your help we hope that this year will be even better. We need volunteers at our Shiga shelter, at our Fukushima shelter, and at events all over Japan. Even if you aren’t located in Japan, you can help out by remotely volunteering in several ways like updating Facebook, contacting media outlets, and maintaining video archives among other things.

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Specific positions we are looking to fill as soon as possible

Apply by using our contact form or send an email to volunteerjapancatnetwork.org

Animal Shelter Volunteer

Where: Fukushima Shelter

When: All year round

We provide free accomodation. Food and travel expenses not covered.

Duration: Up to 3 months

We are a registered non-profit organization in Japan, helping people help pets.

We help with rescue and re-homing of abandoned or stray animals, and provide limited sheltering space to those working to help stray or abandoned animals in their communities. We help to organize sterilization campaigns, and we provide advice to people who contact us about animal welfare issues in Japan.

Following the earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan, we responded immediately, in order to provide animal rescue and sheltering assistance to evacuees needing help with pets. We continue to run a small shelter and rescue base located in a completely safe area.

The main duties of the volunteers involve tending to the animals. There are more than 30 cats in three rooms and currently 2 dogs. The primary duties include dog walks; cat room care and clean up (changing litter boxes and refreshing food); general shelter maintenance (cleaning, dishes, laundry); building projects; animal transport; and charity event planning.

English is the primary language so people looking for a language study might be disappointed. Many volunteers who stay with us have no Japanese ability.

Also, the shelter is located in Fukushima, but far from the reactor. It is located in the woods in a small town, but there is a convenience store and a few restaurants around. It's about a 45 minute walk from the nearest station (taxis are available).

We can take on up to five volunteers at one time, and are in need of volunteers year round.

Shelter Manager for Inawashiro Shelter

Where: Fukushima Shelter

When: Contact us at [email protected]

We provide free accomodation. Food and travel expenses not covered.

Duration: 3, 6 months or more

Our small animal shelter in a safe and beautiful resort town in northern Japan is looking for a new shelter manager. We can provide training, on site support, food, and lodging. We are ideally looking for a candidate who is able to come on a working holiday visa, staying for 6 months or more. Must love animals, and people; must be able to manager a volunteer team; must be responsible, flexible, and positive by nature; and must be able to respect cultural differences.