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

Our project fee includes:

• Full board and lodging
• 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
• Housekeeping service
• Comprehensive orientation and training program
• Assistance and support from the African Impact staff and Project Managers who live and work with you
• WiFi

Our project fee excludes:

• Flights to your chosen destination, but we can guide you on this
• Medical or travel insurance
• Visa-related costs
• Weekend trips or tours, or any other non-project activity
• Snacks, soft drinks, gifts or souvenirs
• Laundry

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