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Volunteer to Rescue Cats and Dogs in Cape Town

Animal Rescue Centre with Veterinary Services

Make a difference for the lives of township dogs and cats in need as a volunteer at the animal rescue centre in Cape Town. Of course this animal rescue program is a perfect fit for veterinary students, but anyone who loves animals and wants to help, is welcome. Volunteers can even do a great job with marketing, website developing or renovating the remises.

The animal centres mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home domestic animals, as well as provide veterinary services to the poorer local communities. The centre aims to care for animals in the poor township who suffered from being abandoned, abuse or neglection.

After rescuing the dogs and cats in the neighborhood, you can assist the centre’s team while applying the best veterinary and animal behavioural practices. Finally, the team prepares the animals for adoption into new homes.

The centre also plays a vital role in re-uniting lost animals with their guardians and carries out veterinary outreach and humane education in low income areas.

Veterinary Assistants focus on Sterilizations and Treatment of Injured Animals

This pro-quality life centre has a full-time veterinarian on site and veterinary assistants who focus on sterilizations and treatment of injured animals. The feral cat project sterilizes over 300 cats alone a month. One of the core aims of the onsite clinic is to control the unwanted births of dogs and cats in low-income areas, and sterilisation of all treated animals is mandatory. Sterilisation drives, including door-to-door canvassing, have resulted in fewer unwanted puppies and kittens. The clinic staff operate two Mobile Clinic vans that, on a pre-arranged schedule, serve the low-income areas offering primary healthcare for animals in these communities as well as free sterilisations, which is carried out at the centres hospital.

This centre is dedicated to improving the lives of neglected, abused, and unwanted homeless animals and being a volunteer means being the best part of a homeless animal’s day!

Highlights of your Volunteer Trip

  • Help cats and dogs get proper healthcare
  • Aid injured animals with their recovery.
  • Help the Vets in the clinic
  • Assist animal welfare officers with mobile clinics in townships
  • Participate in animal rescues (We’d be very happy for assistance from the volunteers however feral cat rescues happen in the evening not during the day also, on weekend.)
  • Assist with animal adoption
  • Assist with animal stimulation

Your Role as an Animal Volunteer or Veterinary Intern

As a volunteer you will receive exposure to a vast variety of cases that you would not normally be exposed to in private practice, making a great working for potential veterinarians, vet nurses, animal welfare officers or companion animals enthusiasts.
As a volunteer you will assist with:

  • Assist at the centres hospital – prepping animals for surgery
  • On mobile units, you can help the animal welfare officers
  • Caring for animals in recovery and ensuring their environment is hygienic
  • Marketing, fundraising and public relations assistance
  • Helping with day to day running of the clinic/hospital
  • Assist with animal husbandry and feeding
  • Cat and kitten socialisation
  • General maintenance, such as gardening, building and painting
  • Please take note that volunteers may not perform any surgical procedures or diagnose animals.

We would welcome volunteers with the following experience:

  • ANYONE who loves animals
  • Veterinary qualification
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Website development and electronic newsletters
  • Building, painting and project management

How to join the Animal Rescue Project as a Volunteer

Visit all wildlife volunteering programs in South Africa here. You can find the project for Animal Rescue in Cape Town on our homepage, too.

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Wildlife Rehabilitation: Volunteer with Injured and Orphaned Wildlife

If you choose to work as a volunteer with wildlife rehabilitation in South Africa holding, caring for and living with African wildlife, you’ll have an experience whicht goes beyond most people’s wildest dreams.

Rehabilitation of Injured and Orphaned Wildlife

Protecting endangered wildlife

Take part in essential conservation efforts in South Africa nursing animals in need back to health. In this once in a lifetime opportunity you will be working in a unique wildlife sanctuary filled with the most amazing species of birds and animals that Africa has to offer.

You will be doing incredible and meaningful work, giving your time and love to the rehabilitation of creatures big and small. You will wake up every morning to the chorus of the African dawn, living in a nearby lodge, and spend your days working hands on with the animals.

Staying only a few miles from the beach and the bush and other tourist attractions, this placement in South Africa has it all.

This experience will develop your insight into the wildlife of South Africa and really touch your heart.

Qualifications and Requirements for Wildlife Rehabilitation Volunteers:

  • Minimum Age: 16+ years
  • You will have a key role helping to prepare food and feed the birds and animals twice a day – This is really important work and you must be willing to get stuck in.
  • If you love animals and birds and be committed to their recovery and wellbeing, this volunteer project is for you!
  • You will be expected to work hard and get your hands dirty – your responsibilities may include cleaning enclosures and aviaries, constructing new enclosures and checking for damage to fences in order to prevent anything getting in or out.

Location close to Port Elizabeth

Location of project:  Animal sanctuary on South Africa’s world renowned Garden Route next to Port Elizabeth

Arrival airport: Port Elizabeth (code PLZ)

Shared dormitory style room in wooden lodge at project (2-8 persons per room)

Food: All meals are included

Available from 2 to 8 weeks

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Unusual Friendships Between Animals and Humans

This morning I came across this video, showing unusual friendships between animals and humans. The video is in German, but the pictures speak for themselves. There is a woman, who rescued a lion from a circus, bought him free and embraces him on the video. Another story shows photos of two deers who made friends with the people of a village in Eastern Germany, peacefully walking through the streets, and even queuing up in front of the baker’s shop to get a bread in the morning. The unbelievable story of the “Spaghetti Tiger” who was fed spaghettis, when he was an orphaned baby, and continues on a vegetarian diet up to today.

The title of the video says “God did not create predators” and probably for some of us the religious and philosophical indications of the film go a bit far. I think, we should just open up our minds, that there is more mystery and beauty in nature as we usually presume, and make our own experiences.

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Big Cat Conservation Volunteer in South Africa

Join the Big Cat Conservation volunteer program in South Africa and work for a non- profit organization. Passion and love for the big cats will inspire your volunteer work to protect lions, leopards in the African Bush. The population of big cats in South Africa is being threatened by a high presence of bone trade and canned hunting, and poachers who hunt them for sport. They have also traditionally fallen victim to exploitation in captivity and face a constant and rapid loss of habitat as the land gets developed.

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Make Part of a Passionate Team Dedicated to Caring and Protecting Big Cats

Your role working as a volunteer will be to take part in the activities of a passionate team dedicated to caring and protecting big cats. You will be tasked with helping to prepare their meals, making enrichment objects (toys for the animals), observing the animals, cleaning and maintaining animal enclosures, general farm work and assisting with our educational visits. As a volunteer you should be open and excited to learn about conservation, and be willing to assist in all areas of the project.

This is an incredible opportunity for any wildlife lovers out there to help work towards the long term survival of some of the world’s most incredible animals, which getting to witness some of the world’s most astonishing sunsets.

Qualifications and requirements for Big Cat Volunteering:

  • Minimum age is 18 +  years old.
  • You must love wildlife and be willing to work hard.

**Note: It’s important to note that this project does not breed any of their cats. There will be no cubs or any hands on work with the cats. Also be aware that the cats are carnivorous and you may have to work with raw meat.

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Volunteer Work at the Big Cat Conservation Sanctuary

If you choose to join this animal conservation program in South Africa you will be working for a non- profit organization fueled by passion and love for these exploited animals. The population of big cats in South Africa is being threatened by a high presence of bone trade and canned hunting, and poachers who hunt them for sport. They have also traditionally fallen victim to exploitation in captivity and face a constant and rapid loss of habitat as the land gets developed.

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Caring and Protecting Big Cats in South Africa

Your role while you are here will be to take part in the activities of a passionate team dedicated to caring and protecting big cats. You will be tasked with helping to prepare their meals, making enrichment objects (toys for the animals), observing the animals, cleaning and maintaining animal enclosures, general farm work and assisting with our educational visits. As a volunteer you should be open and excited to learn about conservation, and be willing to assist in all areas of the project.

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Vervet Monkeys Volunteer Program in South Africa

Make part of the vervet monkeys animal conservation volunteer program in South Africa where help is needed with the integration of the foster moms of 23 little orphans back into the troops.

Orphaned Vervet Monkeys from other places are given a loving home….

Join the family at this amazing primate sanctuary. At this special initiative, orphaned primates come from near and far and are given a loving home where they are rehabilitated and cared for until they can be released back into the wild.

Vervet Monkey Volunteer Program South Africa

Vervet Monkey  Animal Conservation Volunteer Program South Africa

With over 500 cheeky monkeys in care at any one time, this sanctuary always needs an extra pair of helping hands. Your participation will help to ensure they are all well fed, cared for and loved; and will help raise funds to maintain the place up to scratch for its gorgeous guests.

Care for the Monkey’s Wellbeing in South Africa

This is an incredible option for those who go bananas for animals as you will get the chance to work hands on the vervet monkeys, under the guidance of experienced professionals.  At other occasions, you will be helping to carry out all the back-stage tasks which really ensure the monkeys’ wellbeing.

Gijs van Suijlichem volunteering with monkeys in South Africa

Gijs van Suijlichem volunteering with vervet monkeys in South Africa

“I’m having a wonderful time here and there is nothing that I don’t like.” Gijs van Suijlichem in our South African program

At the same time you will get to experience the amazing life in the African bush, and make friends you will remember forever – some furry and some a little less so.

Highlights for Animal Conservation Volunteers

  • You must be 18+ years old.
  • Working and living with Vervet Monkeys.
  • Enjoying the bush life of South Africa
  • Meeting amazing people from all over the world.

Qualifications and requirements for Animal Conservation Volunteers in South Africa:

  • You must have a Tuberculosis (TB) test, or a free letter from a medical professional to state that you don’t have it – This is really important as it if for the safety of the animals.
  • You must be willing to get your hands dirty and really give your all. You will be required to help with a broad variety of tasks from observation & research, to the construction of new enclosures, maintenance, or eradicating invader plant species.
  • You must be passionate about primates and love animals, you must be committed to taking care of them.

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Costa Rica – Work with Sea Turtles!

I would HIGHLY recommend this volunteer experience. I did lots of research going into this trying to find the most affordable program, and Iko Poran was definitely the most affordable. I was doing the same volunteer work as volunteers from all over the world, but I was paying much less money to do so.

Costa Rica Paige working with sea turtles

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A fantastic time in Costa Rica

I had a fantastic time in Costa Rica with the turtles and I met many people and created memories I will never forget. I definitely recommend Iko Poran and the Sea Turtle experience in Costa Rica and I cannot wait until I volunteer with them again. Pura Vida!

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Animal Conservation in Costa Rica: The Sea Turtle Project in Full Detail

Volunteer in Costa Rica to save sea turtles in this paradisiac community on the Caribbean cost of Costa Rica is a wonderful opportunity to help protect these endangered species. You will see giant female sea turtles nesting on the beach and baby turtles crawling out of their nests in the sand towards the ocean. It is an exciting opportunity to help a town that relies on its sea turtle population and to contribute to the growth and success of this grassroots conservation project.

Four-hour Nightly Patrols Looking for Nesting Sea Turtles

The primary work for the participants in the animal conservation volunteer program is to accompany local guides on 4-hour night patrols searching for nesting sea turtles. These patrols are part of an on-going scientific investigation so turtles are measured, checked for diseases and tagged while the eggs are collected and relocated to the project’s guarded hatchery. The presence of more people on the beach means less opportunity for the poachers, who will steal the turtle eggs and kill the turtles to sell the meat illegally. For the night patrols volunteers should be in good physical condition to walk 6 km of beach and back. They should also have good night vision as most of the work is done in the dark with only red-lensed flashlights. Some nights you will be soaked by heavy rains, other nights high tides will spray you, and always driftwood is there to trip you in the dark. But there will also be beautiful nights with a full moon, the sky full of stars and best of all nesting turtles. Day work involves hatchery duty, beach cleaning and assisting in nest exhumations and release of hatchlings. There are also a lot of other environmental projects to help with around the village.

Go for it! Wonderful Costa Rica is waiting for you!!

Start your Volunteer Experience in Costa Rica now!

Find the complete information about volunteering in Costa Rica.

We will take you step by step through the enrollment, and you will learn about everything provided with the program, costs and requirements.

Have Fun!

Paige working with sea turtles in Costa Rica

Paige working with sea turtles in Costa Rica

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