Veterinary Assistance & Abused Animal Shelter Project

Rescue, rehabilitate and re-home lost, abandoned, abused and neglected animals at an animal rescue organisation in gorgeous Cape Town, South Africa. For animal lovers and veterinary students, you will gain incredible work experience while educating the general public about the moral and ethical treatment of pets.


Cape Town is in the midst of an historic drought and water is in very short supply. We would like to assure all volunteers that African Impact has contingency plans in place and all volunteers will have sufficient water throughout their stay. Life in Cape Town will continue and the community programs will need dedicated volunteers more than ever.


  • Fulfil an overwhelming need within underprivileged communities by offering your love and care to abused, neglected and lost cats and dogs, with the aim of re-homing them.
  • Travel with the mobile clinic, assisting with vaccinations and sterilisations and establish a working relationship with the local residents, supporting them through effective education to protect the rights of animals.
  • Get hands on work experience and assist with the animal adoption process. Your love and attention increases their chances of being adopted by caring new owners.
  • Take the opportunity to work alongside highly qualified veterinarians and veterinary nursing staff who will be happy to share their knowledge.
  • Get involved in animal training and make some furry new friends!

Volunteer Reviews

“Although its been short, my time spent living in Africa has been very eye opening. People from other parts of the world make a lot of generalizations and assumptions about Africa, so it has been really nice to experience a small part of the continent first hand. Being in Cape Town specifically has been wonderful. Everyone here is so nice and friendly. I will take the positivity that I have experienced here back home with me.” Kaitlin Boling, USA

“The time that I have spent with African Impact has been absolutely incredible. All of the staff have been so welcoming and made me feel at home from the word go. Being at TEARS has by far been the best thing I have ever done, all of the staff and other volunteers were so friendly and made sure you got what you wanted out of your time volunteering. Being able to see the dogs improving everyday due to your time and patience is the best feeling in the world.” Rachel Castle, UK

Dates & Rates

Prices include:
  • All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
  • 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water
Prices exclude:
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry
How your volunteer fee is used:

Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.

African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.

About the Destination

During your stay at the tip of Africa you will be located in Observatory – the city’s most bohemian suburb, a short 10 minute drive from the Cape Town city centre.

The secure property is fully furnished and staffed with a cook and housekeeper, and very close to shops, bars and restaurants. Volunteers in Cape Town share a room with 2-6 other interns and volunteers and bathrooms are communal. Wifi is available for a small fee as well as access to a small lock-up safe for your valuable items.

Cape Town is hands-down one of the most beautiful cities in the world, so this unique internship destination offers visitors beautiful landscapes, cultural sightseeing opportunities, fantastic leisure and sporting activities and plenty of sunshine for most of the year.

Weekends are usually a good time for tourist activities where you can enjoy the beach during the summer time as well as some really unique adventures such as cage shark diving, paragliding, kite-surfing and taking a wine tasting tour through Cape Town’s beautiful winelands.

As you work and travel in Africa, the people of Cape Town will warm your heart, entertain you and you will discover great diversity in the different communities.

Whether you are a volunteer looking for work experience, coming for a gap year program, or a well-seasoned traveller, this volunteer opportunity in Africa promises to leave you a deeper, stronger individual ready for the next adventure.

The shelter cares for approximately 300 animals at any given time, providing them with food, shelter and positive interaction with people. It has an on-site clinic that serves animals from surrounding disadvantaged townships and a mobile clinic that travels daily. In addition the shelter has a Feral Cat Program which traps feral cats found in public places, sterilises them and releases them back into their habitats. While the prime focus is the rescue of domestic animals, the shelter is also rescues terrestrial birds and wild animals. The shelter is pro-life and animals are only euthanised on the advice of a veterinarian, when they are incurably ill, with absolutely no hope of recovery.

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