Daniel and I spent a day volunteering in Budapest at Noah’s Ark Animal Shelter.
It’s the biggest shelter in Hungary and has over 1,000 residents. Of course, there are plenty of dogs but it also has cats, goats, pigs, chickens, a llama and many more animals to meet there as well.
Noah’s Ark Animal Shelter is an easy way to volunteer in Budapest because they have open volunteering every Saturday at 10 am. So, you don’t even need to call ahead or do anything but show up. Plus, it’s even possible to get there with public transport.
I definitely recommend taking a few hours out of your day to volunteer in Budapest and spend some time with the doggos in need of love at Noah’s Ark.
Here’s everything you need to know to make it happen!
Get to Noah’s Ark Animal Shelter Without a Car
If you have a car, you can skip this section. Daniel and I went by public transport and it took about an hour and a half to get from the city center to the shelter.
First, take the M2 metro line to the last stop called Ors Vezer Tere. When you arrive, exit the station and turn right. After a few minutes you’ll see a parking lot full of busses and the sign for 169E. On Saturdays they run around every 20 minutes so you shouldn’t have to wait too long for the next one.
This will take you to your last stop, Eberygeny Utca. Budapest busses are really nice because they all have signs in the front that continuously update with the next stop, so you don’t have to worry about missing it.
When you get off, walk to the first street ahead and turn right. You’ll follow this for a few minutes ’til it dead ends and then turn left. The treelined drive to the shelter will come into view soon.
Total Cost to Volunteer at Noah’s Ark Animal Shelter
Volunteering at the shelter is free to anyone who wants to go on Saturday mornings.
The only thing we had to pay for was our transport. Each leg of the journey cost 350 huf / 1.25 usd and I recommend buying all four of the tickets you’ll need at once, before you leave the city.
In total, Daniel and I each spent 5 usd for the metro and bus to and from the shelter and that’s it.
My Experience Volunteering in Budapest
Daniel and I arrived at 10:30 on Saturday morning and stayed for two hours, but you can definitely stay longer if you’d like.
If it’s your first time, remember to bring an ID so they can sign you up (I didn’t have one, but a picture of my passport was enough). Then, one of the workers asked us if we had experience with dogs and what size we would like to walk. If you don’t want to work directly with the dogs there are other jobs, like cleaning, that you can do too.
They asked us to walk our first two dogs for up to an hour, so we took them out on the trail behind the shelter. It’s spacious and runs through fields with horses and crops on either side. The shelter is out in the suburbs and surrounded by farmland, so the walks were really pleasant.
Afterward, we brought the dogs back and waited for the next ones to take out. Be patient, because a lot of people come out to volunteer so it can take some time to get a dog.
On our second round were assigned a dog that had to walk alone, but that was ok with us.
After that, I was pretty tired. We had walked over three miles with the pups and it looked like most of the dogs had gotten a chance to get out, so we said our goodbyes. If you’re hungry, there’s a small cafe to get coffee or a snack before you leave.
Volunteer in Budapest at Noah’s Ark Animal Shelter
The shelter is clean and well run, the area is spacious and easy to get to by public transport, and all in all our day at the shelter could not have been easier.
If you want to volunteer in Budapest, Noah’s Ark is a great place to do so.
Visit their website to learn more about how you can get involved and I promise the dogs will thank you 🙂