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Veterinary Assistance & Animal Shelter Support, South Africa

Animal protection and care is often overlooked in impoverished communities, including those surrounding the iconic South African city of Cape Town. As a volunteer, you’ll join African Impact at a reputable animal rescue center and assist in rescuing, rehabilitating, and re-homing lost, abandoned, abused, and neglected domestic pets.

*No specific experience is needed for this project, but for those studying veterinary medicine (or those already qualified) there is an internship opportunity that includes assistance in surgeries. 


  • Gain valuable experience in veterinary care and animal welfare
  • Take a hands-on role in the kennels, caring for dogs and being a part of their training
  • Volunteer at two different animal welfare sites and gain an all-encompassing understanding of veterinary care in Cape Town
  • Spend necessary ‘cuddle-time’ with cats at the Cattery
  • Rehabilitate animals, enabling them to be adopted into a loving home
  • Take dogs out of their kennels for walks and enrichment outings
  • See for yourself why Cape Town has been named the ‘Most Beautiful City in the World’ for the past 5 years
  • Live like a true ‘Capetonian’ by exploring the many diverse food markets, restaurants, live music events, and world-class beaches
  • Take advantage of the once-in-a-lifetime activities this city has to offer, including shark cage diving, whale watching, visiting Nelson Mandela’s prison cell, and snorkeling with seals

About the Destination

Cape Town is an internationally renowned destination and has something for everyone. The Mother City (as it’s known to locals) has been named the ‘Best Food City in the World’ and regularly makes the top lists for the ‘Most Beautiful City in the World’. It is also famous for its adventure activities, scenic drives, and friendly people.

What makes volunteering in Cape Town so unique is discovering the ‘unseen’ side to the city. The informal communities where we work are home to around two-thirds of the population, yet is hidden away from the eyes of tourists who rarely venture beyond the main tourist attractions. We will show you the real Cape Town!

You will be staying in a fully-furnished volunteer house in Muizenberg, just 3 minutes from the beach. This area is one of the major tourist attractions in Cape Town and a surfer’s paradise. Muizenberg has a number of vibey bars, cafes, and amazing restaurants. There is also a major grocery store nearby for you to do extra shopping.

The animal shelter we work with is a pro-life, non-profit organization, that aims to rescue, rehabilitate, re-unite, and re-home lost, abandoned, abused, and neglected animals, and educate disadvantaged communities. The shelter strives to uplift the lives of companion animals in underprivileged communities by providing free sterilizations, primary health care, veterinary treatment, food, and humane education to pet owners.

Dates & Rates

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Our project fee includes:
  • Accommodation throughout your stay
  • 3 meals a day cooked by a local chef (weekdays only)
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Transport to and from project
  • 24/7 support from experienced international and local staff
  • Full orientation to ensure you contribute responsibly
  • Project equipment and resources
Our project fee excludes:
  • Flights (we can assist you with this)
  • Medical or travel insurance (we can assist you with this)
  • Visa-related costs
  • Weekend trips or tours not on the itinerary
  • Snacks, soft drinks, gifts, and souvenirs
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