-Conditions for participation -Items to bring and expenses -Typical flow of a work day -Participation time and withdrawal -Precautions -Contact us
because the number of dogs has decreased, most of the care is for
Please read and acknowledge the following.###
-Nyander Guard Volunteering Rules
-Things to be done before volunteering-
We are requesting volunteers that can assist with the care of our rescued dogs and cats. Nyander Guard's chief activities are rescuing and caring for disaster area animals. We reject any other objectives.
Please join the natural disaster type "volunteer activity insurance" at the nearest Social Welfare District Council. Injuries to your person will be handled as one's own responsibility, but in cases where you have caused injuries to others, or cases where you have caused damages to goods, you will be liable for compensation. We request that you join the insurance prior to departure. If you do not join by the time you arrive at our facilities, we may refuse to let you participate in activities, or we may limit the scope.
Once the schedule and number of accompanying people is decided, please write an entry on this website's volunteer application bulletin board. Without making a new entry, please open the above link and scroll your cursor to the very bottom and fill in your conditions on the thread titled Re: [Shelter volunteer participation declaration]
For volunteers that will carpool, please read these precautions.
age 20 in Japan) that wish to volunteer on their own need their
parent or guardian to present a letter of consent to the shelter.
"(Name of volunteer) has received permission from parent or guardian (parent or guardian's name) to participate in volunteer activities at Animal Rescue Organization Nyander Guard. Participation date, shelter address, phone number, parent or guardian's name and official stamp." This type of simple document will suffice. Additionally, we will allow up to three students to participate together. *Students high school level and below need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Items to bring
mask -Work gloves -Hats for protection in the cold -Rubber gloves
-Apron or work clothes -A day's worth of drinks -Indoor shoes,
slippers, etc. (something to wear inside the shelter) -*For guests
that will stay overnight: sleeping bag or sheets (futon covers are
acceptable) and pillowcases (towels used as replacements are
(*We have futons at the shelter but we do not have sheets or pillowcases. We can prepare disposable sheets for 100 yen, but there are occasions where we have an insufficient amount, so please bring sheets, pillow cases, or a sleeping bag if you possibly can.
meals at the shelter, and we collect money on an individual basis
after self-reporting expenses.
Breakfast is from 100 yen, lunch is from 300 yen, and dinner is from 400 yen.
If possible, please pay in one lump sum.
where we have many people, we go to an outside public bathhouse.
The price is from 500 yen. (Due to the consumption tax increase from 5% to 8%, it is 500 yen.)
We request that volunteers pay for their own insurance and transportation fees.
Around 7:00 AM, we wake and everyone individually has breakfast
8:00 AM (7:30 AM in summer)
Morning assembly with all members (explanation of today's work tasks, precautions/confirmation of plans for participants, etc.)
After the morning assembly, we begin walking the dogs
Around 8:30 AM we finish walking the dogs, and begin feeding the cats and dogs
Around 9:30 AM we clean the dog kennels and cat rooms
Around 11:00 AM we prepare lunch
Noon, lunch time
Around 1:00 PM
We start the afternoon work (journalizing aid materials, continuing cleaning work, doing laundry, etc.)
Around 3:30 PM we have a meeting, then we walk the dogs again
Around 4:30 PM
We feed the cats and dogs
Laundry and cleaning continuation, dinner preparation
Around 7:00 PM, dinner time
Around 8:00 PM
We use the bath facilities (one time from 500 yen, we drive separately to the nearby bathhouse)
Around 11:00 PM, sleep
*In addition, you may be asked to help with DIY work for shelter facility maintenance.
First-time volunteers will register their address, name, and contact information in a notebook and then receive an explanation from a staff member.
-30 minutes before the morning assembly or
-Between around 1:30-2:30 PM, before starting the afternoon work
is generally when we request your arrival.
*If circumstances make you arrive at a different time, please be aware of the following precautions.
If you arrive after 5:00 AM the dogs will become noisy, so if possible we request that you coordinate your arrival at the shelter to be after 7:00 AM.
If you arrive in the evening, there is a chance overnight volunteers may not be present at the shelter because 8:00-9:30 PM is when people are at the bathhouse. We request that you coordinate your arrival at the shelter to be between 9:30-11:00 PM. (There is a possibility that the shelter will be empty until they return.)
*When withdrawing from the shelter, please inform a staff member of your withdrawal.
Regarding dog walking
In order to prevent humans from being dragged into a fight between dogs, walk between the dogs to keep them separated, and in cases where one dog approaches the other, stay between the dogs as much as possible, shorten the length of the leash in your hand, and continue on while holding control over the dog. (Refer to the illustration below)
*In cases where dogs get into a fight, there is a dangerous possibility for humans to get dragged into the fight and injured. In situations where that kind of accident occurs, please acknowledge that volunteer insurance will be used.
Regarding the cloth used in the tableware, blankets, towels, etc. used by the cats and dogs
After feeding, volunteers will be responsible for cleaning the tableware used by the animals they are assigned to care for. If blankets and towels are dirty, we request that you launder them. Additionally, we ask that you observe the circumstances for your assigned animals and take responsibility for them.
Regarding care for the cats
We ask that first-time volunteers do not enter the room where we keep the cats that have caught a cold or need to be isolated.
Regarding dogs that need special precautions
Please be cautious and acknowledge that amongst the dogs there are some that will become scared, bite, or bark if you carelessly approach them.
*Regarding number 3 and 4, when you arrive at the shelter and register as a volunteer, the staff member in charge of explanations will tell you which cat rooms you cannot enter and which dogs to be cautious with, so please listen and confirm at the time.
If you are unsure about anything regarding the care of the animals, please confirm with an on-site staff member.
Please email us here. There are cases where we cannot reply immediately, but we request your patience and guarantee a response.
We are awaiting the arrival of many volunteers! Thank you very much.