Work alongside vets who will train you in veterinary practice and educate people from the disadvantaged communities on animal care whilst experiencing the local culture. Be part of a pro-life rescue organisation whose main focus is to assist distressed pets from the townships.
Hands On Veterinary Assistance & Abused Animal Shelter Project In Cape Town, South Africa Cape Town Southern Peninsula
The animal rescue shelter was established in 1999 and is a pro-life, non-profit organization whose core aim is to rescue, rehabilitate, re-unite and re-home lost, abandoned and abused neglected dogs and cats. Responding to calls for help from the general public, rescuing lost and stray animals in our community and beyond and acting as an unofficial pound by caring for the animals until they are claimed or re-homed is all in a day’s work!
The shelter has both a busy on-site clinic which serves animals of surrounding disadvantaged townships as well as a mobile clinic which travels into the surrounding township areas daily to provide assistance to animals in need. The shelter is pro-life and animals are only euthanased on the advice of a veterinarian, when they are incurably ill with absolutely no hope of recovery.
If you are interested, studying veterinary care or have any veterinary experience you will have the opportunity to assist in both the on-site and mobile clinics. From sterilisations to accident victims, you will have the opportunity to work closely with the shelter staff and the vets are highly qualified and will be happy to share their wealth of knowledge with you! They are also keen to get you as involved as possible, and will enjoy teaching you all that they can to equip you to contribute to the health and well-being of animals.
The shelter cares for, at any given time, upward of 300 animals (approximately 150 dogs and puppies and +150 cats and kittens), providing them with food, shelter and positive interaction with people.
The love and attention that you give these animals not only improves their quality of life but enables them to be adopted into a loving home.
In addition the shelter has a Feral Cat Programme which traps feral cats at business premises, restaurants, schools, clubs, complexes etc., sterilizing them and releasing them back into their habitats.
While our prime focus is the rescue of domestic animals, the shelter is also called upon to rescue other creatures such as otters, porcupines, buck, genets, snakes, sea birds, owls and various other terrestrial birds.
The core aims of the shelter are to lessen the suffering of abandoned, injured and abused dogs and cats by rescuing them, providing for their well being and placing them into loving homes; reduce the number of unwanted animals by providing free sterilisations in disadvantaged communities and provide humane education to the people to create an awareness of the moral and ethical treatment of the animals whose world we share.
The shelter strives to meet the needs of the underprivileged communities it serves by:
•Providing primary health care such as vaccinations, deworming and parasite control
•Offering free sterilisations for their companion animals
•Providing a scheduled, daily Mobile Clinic offering basic health care (vaccinating, deworming, parasite control) and food to the animals six days a week
•Establishing an essential working relationship with the residents to protect the rights of the animals and empowering and supporting them through effective education, guidance and follow up
•Providing a registered clinic on our premises offering veterinary care for pets for any condition, illness or injury
The love and attention that volunteers give the animals at the shelter really does improve their quality of life and future prospects of adoption and integration into a loving home. It has been said “the best shelter is a caring community!” With your help and the help of enough volunteers, we can make that statement come true! Rest assured your work will be necessary, rewarding and exciting!
What is the minimum stay?
Where exactly is it?
Cape Town Southern Peninsula
What will I be doing?
Provide rescued animals with TLC while gaining veterinary experience and educating disadvantaged communities on pet care
Gain valuable experience in veterinary care and animal welfare
Teach the local community how to care for animals and help to create awareness in local townships
Rehabilitate animals to enable them to be adopted into a loving home
Take trips with the mobile clinic and help animals in poorer communities
Observe minor animal operations
Shadow and assist a resident veterinarian as available
Take advantage of optional trips to explore Cape Town’s spectacular attractions including world famous Table Mountain and Robben Island
Make friends for life with the other international volunteers on the programme and immerse yourself in Capetonian culture
- The project fee goes directly back into the project that you are involved with. It facilitates funding for items such as resources, building materials, equipment and project supplies. It also covers operational costs such as housing, communication, and project vehicles.
- Full board and lodging which includes 3 meals a day at our volunteer house (excluding weekends)
- All airport transfers from Cape Town International Airport upon arrival and departure
- All daily transfers to and from your projects during your stay
- Weekly laundry and housekeeping service
- Comprehensive orientation program
- Assistance and support from the African Impact staff and Project Managers
- Transportation to Cape Town
- Visa fees
- Personal travel insurance for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
- All items of a personal nature, such as curios, gifts, clothing (work and other)
- Email and telephone calls made during your placement
- Any activities and excursions outside of your planned project itinerary
- Soft drinks, between meal snacks, and weekend food
What’s not included in the cost?
No specific prior experience is required for this project, the only exception is if you would like to take part in the special needs programme. Please talk to your destination manager about this. We also encourage volunteers to take time to build a foundation of understanding around the legacy of the Apartheid era in South Africa.
- Introduction to the beautiful Cape Peninsula
- Overview of all of our Cape Town Projects and the communities in which you will be working
- Introduction to all project staff
- Familiarization of the surrounding neighborhood where you will be living
- Full induction into your role as a volunteer with African Impact
Minimum 17 years, maximum decided on potential participants health.