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Animal Welfare Volunteers

 

The Susy Utzinger Animal Welfare Foundation is active all the time: with professional planning and exciting work on site, it supports and promotes animal shelters at home and abroad. This animal welfare work is mainly made possible by donations and legacies. An elementary and indispensable part is also the free cooperation of experts.

The SUST's teams have a big heart for animals, an enormous amount of expertise and experience in the field of animal welfare and an unlimited willingness to work: animal suffering, dirt, working under extreme conditions and possibly also injuries are part of the everyday life of such missions.

Are you interested in volunteering at SUST?

Inexperienced helpers accompany us on working days in Switzerland. During these working days (on weekends, 1-2 days in each case) these volunteers mainly do work for which the shelter staff cannot find time apart from the day-to-day business. Often, this work involves cleaning, conversion or maintenance work. The direct work on the animal is left to the experts present. These working days provide a good opportunity to get to know each other and the way SUST works.  

If the volunteers are interested, qualified and committed, there is also the possibility to participate in animal welfare missions abroad. This approach has proven its worth so far, because it is of great importance to us to get the best out of the ever tight schedule in our foreign missions, and this is only possible if a team harmonizes perfectly and has the necessary expertise.

If you are interested, please send us an e-mail or call us: 052 202 69 69 69.

Adler Daniela

Adler Daniela

In my spare time I support the actions and missions of the SUST with my specialist knowledge, because animals have always been my greatest passion. For this reason I use myself in my spare time for animals. SUST is committed to animal welfare at home and abroad in an extremely efficient, targeted and sustainable manner. It makes me very happy to be able to contribute my little contribution to the activities of SUST.

Profession / current work:
Administrative assistant in the Security Directorate of the Canton of Zurich
Volunteer since:
January 2011
Hobbies:
my cats, SUST
Own animals:
8 cats (Luigi, Minnie, Tom, Jerry, Daffy, Snowy, Bella and Baghira)
Albrecht Simone

Albrecht Simone

Animals have always been part of my life and play a central role in it. Every animal deserves our respect and dignity. This is the responsibility of each individual - but unfortunately, it is not lived by every individual. That is why we need organisations such as the SUST, whose enormous, untiring commitment I admire. I also want to make my contribution to save the animals from suffering and give them joy.

Profession / current work:
Teacher in Economics and Law
Hobbies:
My animals, western riding, animal protection, nature conservation, garden
Own animals:
My horse Peponita, farmer cats, lamas, alpacas
Bieri Regula

Bieri Regula

In my spare time I support the actions and missions of SUST with my specialist knowledge, because I enjoy working with like-minded people and because this makes it possible for me to get actively involved in animal welfare.

Profession / current work:
Employee at the SUST office since 2008
Own animals:
Dogs Roxy und Winston
Bruckner Claudia

Bruckner Claudia

Missions are excellently assessed, organised and accompanied on site. With relatively little means and time for it with much commitment, motivation and commitment can achieve a lot for improved living and keeping conditions of animals. The people affected are also included. The results are visible in the evening. Great camaraderie and good mood. In the evening weary, sweaty, dirty but totally content and happy. in short: Susy, I find totally super and I like to come and feel good. Thank you and the team in the background. Especially that you think of everything. Incl. coffee machine, catering, tools, accommodation etc. Special thanks also for your thank-you notes, short reports and photo CDs. But in the evening it was different. Otherwise I wouldn't have come.

Profession / current work:
Biomedical Analyst
Own animals:
Horses, dogs, cats
Burkart Hanspeter

Burkart Hanspeter

If you help animals, you will get back more than you can ever expect from a human being. I came upon the dog in a training course. I was overwhelmed to see what they were capable of. What I like about SUST is that I am impressed by its professionalism and commitment. The set goals are achieved.

Profession / current work:
retired
Hobbies:
Various duties at REDOG
Own animals:
1 dog
Ehrsam Bruno

Ehrsam Bruno

I support the SUST because it is an efficient and pragmatic approach to animal suffering. The working days are stressful, but you always go home happy.

Profession / current work:
Engineer Product Integration
Hobbies:
Lounging, gardening, hiking, animals, reading, works, history and world events (not necessarily in this order)
Own animals:
Dog Bobby
Eugster Biggi

Eugster Biggi

Animals are a part of my life and mean everything to me. They give us so much, that's why it is such a big affair for me to support them. It is nice to be able to help, feel and see what we can contribute with our own efforts for a better world for animals in need of urgent help. Every assignment gives new energy when we end up in grateful and happy eyes of animals and also the people who looked after and saved them, as well as new courage, motivation and strength for the next assignment and many new projects - we are a great team which pursues the same goal -> "everything for the benefit of the animal". We can achieve a lot with our combined efforts and with every effort we learn a lot of new things. I am very grateful and proud to be part of the SUST team. "SUST tackles the roots" is its motto and the foundation lives up to it. With the important 4 pillars, animal shelter support, castration actions, education and further education of the population, the foundation is super-organized and achieves marvellous and sustainable achievements in Switzerland and abroad in its many years of experience, as one can or may witness publicly or participate in the self participation.

Profession / current work:
financial expert
Hobbies:
My animals, various sports like hiking, jogging, biking (be in nature), dancing, Thai boxing, fitness/FunTone/BodyPump, ski tours, skiing, Harley riding, animal welfare with the SUST
Own animals:
3 cats: Shawny, Kimy & Jazzy
Flammer Sabina

Flammer Sabina

In my spare time I support the actions and missions of the SUST with my specialist knowledge, because I also want to do something good for the animals that don't have a home yet and because I want to support the people who invest so much time for these animals.

SUST mission leader and project manager for laying hen campaigns

Profession / current work:
Trainer
Hobbies:
Dogs, riding, dog sitting and gardening
Own animals:
Dogs: Brina, Macu, Sky and Niki, cats: Trix, Mutz, Doppolino and Diavolo. Horses: Leander, Shetlandpony
Frana Corinne

Frana Corinne

SUST is a professionally managed, transparent organization that works objectively and efficiently. The core activities of emergency aid, shelter support, neutering, training of professionals and public information have been chosen correctly. Very important: Although financed by donations, it doesn't play one's heart strings. I appreciate the fact that I am not only able to participate financially, but also with my work and assistance. Thanks to the many opportunities for further training, I am able to expand my specialist knowledge on an ongoing basis.

SUST mission leader

Profession / current work:
SUST Project Manager
Hobbies:
My animals, read, travel, history and world affairs
Own animals:
Cats Svea, Kimba and Kik, dogs Metcho, Sophie and Cali
Füglister Dunja

Füglister Dunja

I admire people who live according to the motto " there's nothing that can't be done"! People who stand up for the weak. It is a good feeling to be allowed to contribute a small part and to learn a lot of new things!

Profession / current work:
Nailstylist
Hobbies:
my profession
Own animals:
Chealsy (Parson Russel Terrier),Snoopy (Romanian street dog)
Gaeng Natascha

Gaeng Natascha

I found my way to SUST as a volunteer helper through the material collection and sorting days. I registered spontaneously and have been thrilled ever since. It's a great team and I've been welcomed so warmly, even though I can only offer "little help": helping in the warehouse, various administrative tasks, small pick-up and delivery services, baking for training events. What I am convinced about SUST are the people behind it, and that little things are also appreciated. Because even with small things you can move forward....

Profession / current work:
Executive Assistant
Hobbies:
my cats, in summer the garden, reading, being creative
Own animals:
Finny and Luri (both male), godparenthood: Smokey, Bluemoon Animal Center Hurghada. Unfortunately Simba has left me on 16 Aug. 2017.
Gesuiti Pina

Gesuiti Pina

In my spare time I support the actions and missions of the SUST with my specialist knowledge, because I have seen the animal misery in Italy since childhood. That's what shaped me. I wanted to do more than just donate money and therefore volunteer for charities.

Profession / current work:
Commercial assistant
Own animals:
Cats Tito, Mythos and Ali
Gloor Darleen

Gloor Darleen

Animals - whether dog or cat - are the real owners of this world that man has stolen from them, living creatures = animals or humans, no one is less valuable and therefore man has no right to do with everything he wants to do! But man remains man and animal remains animal - so I am proud to be able to help the weaker ones and hope that it will finally get better with the animal suffering and that man will be able to reason a little bit. SUST has my highest respect in what it does and I am proud to be able to help make the animals at least a little bit better.

Profession / current work:
Carpenter
Hobbies:
Hiking / climbing / fire brigade and above all my animals
Own animals:
2 dgs and 3 cats
Hammes Karen

Hammes Karen

I support SUST as a volunteer veterinarian, because like Susy and other likeminded people, I prefer to tackle animal welfare problems at the root, instead of looking away. It is very fulfilling contributing my time and expertise to helping animals in need, animal shelters, and the people that run them.

SUST veterinarian

Profession / current work:
Veterinarian
Hobbies:
Travel, reading, make vegan cheese
Own animals:
Two cats, Mosh and Chräläli
Howold Lars

Howold Lars

I support the work of the Susy Utzinger Animal Welfare Foundation because I consider it an obligation to stand up for the weak and defenceless. In my case, it's the animals I want to help. At SUST, I have the opportunity to do this in a targeted manner. I have learned a lot about proper animal welfare in the SUST missions and further training courses and I don't want to do without the cooperation any more.

Profession / current work:
physiotherapist
Own animals:
2 dgs
Karrer Maya

Karrer Maya

The working days and foreign assignments are always very intensive but also always very enriching days! The work with the various very dedicated people is always very exciting and satisfying. I have also attended various further education courses and have been very impressed by the many professional offers and varied assignments at home and abroad.

Profession / current work:
Kindergarten teacher / retired
Hobbies:
My hobbies have always included animals. Especially for homeless animals I have always supported my holiday resorts. My favorite is definitely the cat! Other hobbies are nature and making music, as well as handicrafts with various materials, but also like to read an exciting book.
Own animals:
Cat Spassi, 21 years old
Keller Christine

Keller Christine

The SUST makes it possible to implement animal welfare where it is most urgently needed. To solve the problems where they arise is, for me, the ideal way to protect animals. With the commitment for the SUST I have found a meaningful addition to my work in the animal shelter Pfötli.

Profession / current work:
veterinary medical assistant, Responsible Animal Welfare at Foundation TierRettungsDienst
Own animals:
Dog Yangu (Rhodesian Ridgeback-Appenzeller-x) and Momo (Podengo Portugues-Mix)
Keller Esther

Keller Esther

By working at SUST I can help directly and personally on site and can see the' result' of my/our work. The gratitude and joy of the animal shelter managers and their staff members shows me how meaningful my/our work is. It's a good feeling to do something honorary. I really appreciate the fact that SUST works with' common sense'. It is very professionally managed and offers a wide range of help. Through the offered seminars I can always improve my skills.

Profession / current work:
Police officer
Hobbies:
Animals, walks/hiking, meetings with friends and family, gardening and rebuilding projects, camping, fitness.
Own animals:
two dwarf rabbits Bugsy and Filou, fish (pond)
Leuenberger Tommy

Leuenberger Tommy

In my spare time I support the actions and missions of the SUST with my specialist knowledge because I believe in the cause. Animals also have the right to fair treatment. Every human being should be aware that it was not man who was the first in the world, but animals. Supporting the Susy Utzinger Foundation is therefore a special need for me.

Profession / current work:
Musician with own studio
Hobbies:
Animals and riding, collecting guitars, caretakings of Salto (horse) and Safira (pony)
Own animals:
Raynie and Häxli, my two cat ladies
Lock Kea

Lock Kea

With my help, time and expertise, I support the sensible projects of the Susy Utzinger Foundation directly on site, where the problems are tackled at the root. SUST stands for sustainable and transparent animal welfare at home and abroad and I am proud to be a part of its team.

SUST mission leader, veterinary assistant

Profession / current work:
FBA, dog trainer-psychologist ATN, owner of the dog day care centre HUTA - Hundetagesstätte Seuzach
Own animals:
5 dogs, 2 cats, 1 horse and some aquarium fish
Luongo Rocchina

Luongo Rocchina

Through a good friend of mine, I became aware of the SUST. Since I'm not the type to donate money, I wanted to help. In the missions the animals are in the center of attention, something is achieved together and you get to meet great new people who stand up for the same thing. Since there are no assignments in the winter months, I like to attend the advanced training courses, the contents of which are very instructive.

Profession / current work:
Social worker / gardener
Hobbies:
my animals, big vegetable garden, riding, dancing, reading, photography and swimming
Own animals:
20 turtles, 5 rabbits, 3 resp. 6 chickens after laying hens campaign, 3 cats, 1 dog and 2 horses
Maurer Simone

Maurer Simone

In my spare time I support the actions and missions of the SUST with my specialist knowledge, because animals mean everything to me and I think that every help counts. Animals give me a lot and that's why I care about doing something good for them. I am very pleased to be able to help in such a professional and efficient foundation as SUST.

SUST mission leader and project manager for laying hen campaigns

Profession / current work:
property manager
Hobbies:
My animals, animal welfare and animal protection, e. g. laying hens rescue operations, diving, travelling, sports and friends
Own animals:
Rabbit Clyde, Jody and Pirinha, dogs Nura, Nyla, Soraya and Happy, chicken, cow Colibri
Niggeler Alexandra

Niggeler Alexandra

In my spare time I support the actions and missions of the SUST with my specialist knowledge as a video producer, because animals are part of my life. Since I like to do something useful in my spare time, I think it is great to be able to support the SUST actively. The films show what SUST does every day and what I like about the SUST: I learn a lot of new things during the SUST missions, with great people who all have the same goal.

Profession / current work:
Producer Postproduction 3D/VFX
Hobbies:
Riding horses
Own animals:
Cat Keanu, horse Lopez
Rothfuchs Angelika

Rothfuchs Angelika

In my spare time I support the actions and missions of the SUST with my specialist knowledge, because everyone should find something for themselves, so that they can give a small piece back to the world. I found it with these missions.

Profession / current work:
Veterinary assistand
Own animals:
dog Stella, cat Amy
Saccone-Ritter Nadja

Saccone-Ritter Nadja

My mother taught me the love and respect of animals from an early age, and for years I have had several guinea pigs who taught me responsibility for animals, and now there are three cats that make my life more colourful. I love animals very much and was always looking for an animal protection association, where I can bring my joy and time. With SUST I have found the right thing. The missions about SUST are a matter of the heart, it fills me with happiness and pride, if I can help where help is needed. I particularly like SUST: the organisation, Susy and her team and their tireless efforts for the benefit of the animal.

Profession / current work:
Management Assistant in a medium-sized company in the field of heating, cooling and ventilation technology
Hobbies:
Home and garden, Decorating/Crafting, Animals, SUST, Organisation committee Animal Welfare Association Pfötler
Own animals:
3 cats (Moritz, Munzli and Tiger)
Scheier Anne-Marie

Scheier Anne-Marie

It is important to me to do something useful in my spare time. In animal shelters there is always a lot of work and many worries. After a mission for SUST I have the feeling that I have done something useful to relieve the shelter people and benefit the animals. I am happy to support the people who use all their time and energy to offer the animals a good and loving home. The sowings are always very well organized. The fun factor is also included. We are always a great team, we work a lot, but we laugh a lot. Every time I play, I learn something new. In addition, I can also benefit regularly from the continuing education offered by Susy Utzinger. I am looking forward to many more missions, behind SUST I can stand fully behind SUST.

Profession / current work:
Passenger services at Zurich Airport
Own animals:
cat Tigi
Temiz Deniz

Temiz Deniz

"Animals can't speak for themselves. And that's why it's so important for us humans to raise our voices for them and stand up for them." What I like about SUST is that it always tries to educate the population and offers valuable training courses. Volunteering is always a wonderful experience and balm for the soul: you get to know new, like-minded people, you can pack together where help is needed and have fun with it. Material and financial donations are essential; working with your own hands to pay a small amount for the SUST, the animal shelters and of course for the animals gives me an equally good feeling. The SUST definitely makes this world a better place.

Profession / current work:
Commercial assistant Import / Export
Hobbies:
Travelling, reading, environmental and animal protection, currently Distance learning as a "cat psychologist" at ATN AG
Own animals:
3 cats (Chopper, Chase and Shila) as well as family dog Chinno
Tschümperlin Cornelia

Tschümperlin Cornelia

In my opinion, the SUST is an organisation that works publicly and honestly. I feel comfortable being allowed to help here, not only with donations but also through my physical cooperation, which is also a lot of fun. It is also nice that I can do something good for my two godfather dogs.

Profession / current work:
Owner gift boutique
Hobbies:
my animals, family, hiking, touring, skiing, garden, SUST-help days
Own animals:
Dog Aminta and Katze Keks, godparenthood Papi und Monicaa
Utzinger Susy

Utzinger Susy

I spend a large part of my free time on these missions because looking away doesn't save any lives.

Profession / current work:
Managing Director Susy Utzinger Animal Welfare Foundation
Hobbies:
Dog sport: Active in the areas of BH (accompanied dog) and SanH (sanitate dog)
Own animals:
dogs Arab and Noroc
Volkart Brigitte

Volkart Brigitte

In my spare time I support the actions and missions of the SUST with my specialist knowledge, because I find it important not only to pity the animals, or even to look away, but also to actively help to improve their lives.

Profession / current work:
Care of small animals on organic farm
Own animals:
Dog Laska, Mixed breed from an animal welfare mission in Hungary, horse/Irish Tinker Bagheero, budgerigars Tschicco and Tschippsi from the animal shelter Pfötli, cats Serino and Soraja taken over from bad keeping.
Volkart Lisa

Volkart Lisa

In my spare time I support the actions and missions of the SUST with my specialist knowledge, because the welfare of the animals is very important to me. Only if I don't look away can I make a difference!

Profession / current work:
Staff member of the SUST office
Own animals:
Various reptiles and saltwater animals
Witsch Alessandra

Witsch Alessandra

At SUST I am convinced by the transparent and pragmatic way in which animal suffering is grasped at its roots with common sense. I am impressed by Susy's hard work, her knowledge and energy and how she has built up this great organisation over the years. I think it's particularly good that I can donate not only money but also my time and make a contribution myself. I am always very much looking forward to one of the well-organised work assignments in animal shelters, farms or cat facilities. It's great to work physically in a team of like-minded people and to see in the evening what you have achieved together. For the welfare of the animals as well as for the support of the people belonging to them. I am also happy to take part in the advanced training courses that are organised in the winter semester. I can learn so much on the working days as I can learn so much from the advanced training courses. Thank you - and keep it up!

Profession / current work:
Medical secretary in hospital
Hobbies:
nature, garden, outdoor activities, travelling, photography
Own animals:
at the moment unfortunately none (had 13 years long a dog)