Holly Sutton


At HIS there is always a need for more helping hands as the number of animals increase each year. Thank you for considering to volunteer. We can you your help!

We welcome people from all over the world to help us at our hospital and camps, and make sure that your stay is well taken care of. If you are not from the state or even from the country, in your spare time, you can also see the sights of Jaipur, and enjoy the hospitality of the Rajasthani people!



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Do read the Guidelines if you wish to Apply.



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Do read the Guidelines if you wish to Apply.




Thank you for offering to give your time to help the animals of India through the work of

Help in Suffering (HIS).

We have prepared some guidelines for volunteers so that you can understand how our

shelter works before you arrive.

About Help in Suffering (HIS) – Help in Suffering is a registered Indian charitable trust, founded in 1980 by the late Miss Crystal Rogers who was an Englishwoman. There are five trustees, the Managing Trustee being Mrs. Timmie Kumar. Mme Janine Vogler and Mrs. Christine Townend are Patrons of HIS.

HIS animal shelter lies about 10 kilometres south of the city of Jaipur in the outer suburb of Durgapura in a relatively peaceful area known as Maharani Farm. The site is well shaded under the many trees of the compound which encompasses approximately 2 acres.

About thirty-six people work at Help in Suffering. The majority of these are known as “compounders” who are responsible for the day-to- day care of the animals and are like veterinary nurses or animal techs; there are a few administrative staff. The veterinary team consists of 5 Indian veterinary surgeons, and one British vet. Of these, three are small animal vets; one is our resident camel vet. Volunteer veterinary surgeons from the UK, Australia, and New Zealand often work at the shelter. During the summer months especially, there are often veterinary students helping, from many different countries.

HIS runs main animal welfare projects:

Camel Project – The project helps the working camels of Jaipur and educates owners in humane husbandry. Most of the work is done on the streets of Jaipur and surrounding villages. Free reflectors are fixed to camel carts to prevent road accidents. Dr Swami undertakes most of this work. In addition Help in Suffering runs a rural camel rescue centre based in a small town Bassi 25 miles (40 km) from Jaipur which provides care to hospitalised camels and working camels locally. Dr Rakesh lives at the CRC and runs the Centre.

Equine Welfare Project – Some animals are hospitalised at HIS and severe welfare cases are humanely destroyed. The formal equine project was wound up by Brooke Hospital for Animals but HIS maintains an interest in equine welfare and has a limited budget to help equine cases but on a smaller scale than hitherto.

Animal Birth Control Programme (ABC) – The animal birth control programme sterilizes and vaccinates approximately 3,500 street dogs per annum. A further 5,000 dogs annually are vaccinated against rabies. Extensive records are kept to help understand street dog biology and rabies epidemiology.

ABC Extension Project – Although without formal dedicated funding this project allows HIS to share the expertise gained in conducting the ABC programme, with other animal protection groups in south Asia which are establishing ABC programmes. Managers, vets,compounders and dog catchers are trained at HIS and on training trips. The project collects and publishes data on the effects of the ABC programme.

Rescue and Re-homing Programme – Injured street animals are rescued and where possible re-homed. An out-patients’ clinic is run at the shelter to provide veterinary care. Village camps are also conducted in remote areas where free treatment is given to the working and production animals.

Greater information on the work of Help in Suffering and on the staff involved can be found on our web site www.his-india.in.


Puluikytė Gabrielė

In overall, India changed the way i see world, i learned a lot of new things and i started to look at things from different perspective. This was an experience of a lifetime and i would gladly come back to volunteer at any time soon. It was the best summer ive had and all thanks to volunteering and India. I can not imagine my life without animals and if theres anyone who feels the same way as i do, i would recommend to go to India and help animals, who really needs the help. During the month, i made a lot of new friends and im still keeping in touch with them. The people are so kind and i  didnt have any problems communicating with others. I gained lots of valuable experiences which will be useful in the future as i am studying veterinary medicine. I have seen a wide variety of animals who needed help – starting with new born birds, ending with huge mammals such as camels. I helped a lot of animals, which were begging for help. Ive seen how one person can change hundreds of animals lives. This month in India was the best choice of my life and i would recommend it to anyone who is still not sure if it is worth to go there. Forever thankful and dreaming to come back.

Holly Sutton


“After a rather unsteady start to my 5 week trip to India, Help In Suffering welcomed me with open arms and a beautiful cup of chai, made by the fabulous Manju ji. As a UK vet student, I planned to come to India to gain veterinary experience in another culture but was let down by the charity that I had planned to work for. I loved my time at Help in Suffering; they gave me the opportunity to develop my skills and learn what the average day is like in the running of a charity in India. Help in Suffering is passionate about caring for injured animals, and helping promote animal welfare, and this shines immensely through in their work. Each day I worked with the team to look after the animals staying in the centre, assisted on rounds with the treatment team (treating wounds and helping with medications), and observed work in the dispensary and surgery. I enjoyed working with the treatment team the most as I’m extremely interested in trauma care and so I found it most enjoyable learning skills in this area. From injured monkeys, to dogs, cats, birds, cows, donkeys, horses, the list goes on… there were so many opportunities to learn and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. One morning I also spent with the team that collect dogs for the animal birth control programme. The staff at Help in Suffering were eager to help me learn and this made my experience very enjoyable; I left with an array of new skills and new experiences and I am very grateful for everything. Not only that, but their love for animals I will never forget.”

Caoimhe Connaughton

A classmate of mine and I spend four weeks at HIS in July 2017 and we loved every minute! We were welcomed with open arms by everyone at HIS and they took great care of us throughout our stay.

The work they do is phenomenal and we were delighted to be able to contribute and to learn from the team here during our stay.

The ABC program is very well organized and an amazing project targeting a very big issue in the area and we were delighted to take part in it!

I would highly recommend anyone – veterinary student or not, to go and volunteer with Help in Suffering, you will not regret it!!

Thank you the all the team, a special shout out to Dr. Sanjay and Jack and the ABC boys .

Barry Moran

Last June I undertook 4 weeks veterinary work experience in HIS Jaipur. An amazing experience in every way, I was immersed in both a thriving modern veterinary hospital as well as Indian culture. Every day was a learning experience treating everything from parrots to monkeys to camels, as well as dogs of course. The wonderful staff, doctors and dedicated compounders all made us feel really welcome and at home. Through them we learned so much about Indian culture, people and most importantly it’s cuisine! An unforgettable experience in every regard, I hope to come back and visit soon!!”

Adele Walsh

Myself and another classmate of mine spent 4 weeks working in HIS as vet student volunteers from Ireland. We enjoyed every minute of our stay! The Animal Birth Control (ABC) Programme is hugely beneficial for the overpopulation of stray dogs in Jaipur – we were so lucky to be able to take part on a daily basis. As well as that, we were able to interact with, and care for, many different animals that you wouldn’t see in our home Country of Ireland! We learnt so much and we gained skills that we will use in our future careers as Veterinary surgeons. We would like to thank everyone at HIS for making our experience so worthwhile and rewarding, paticularly Doctor Jack, Doctor Sanjay and all the team in ABC! Volunteers are always welcome at HIS, so we would encourage anyone to do so if they can. Thank you HIS!

Anna Kate Jones


After finishing fourth year, my housemate and fellow vet student, Rachel Wyllie and I took the opportunity to do something a bit different with some of our EMS and contacted Help in Suffering (HIS) in Jaipur, India to spend a month seeing practice with them.

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Vet student Fraser nurses a monkey.



Volunteer vet and student treat a donkey.



Hi I am John Neskudla, I am a veterinary student from Australia. I have just spent 1 month learning and volunteering at Help In Suffering! I have had a fantastic experience with the team at HIS through December and this holiday season! The hospital and rescue teams have been very busy with many animals needing assistance.

I have had an unparalleled opportunity to learn about a variety of animal diseases, injuries and welfare related issues. The staff at HIS are very passionate about the work they do and the animals are in very good hands.

I assisted with my 50th surgery this Christmas eve as a part of the important breeding control program and rabies vaccination program. what an experience for a student!