Veterinary Assistance & Animal Shelter Support, South Africa

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.


  • 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

Our project fee includes:
  • Accommodation throughout your entire stay at our African Impact volunteer home in Cape Town – a cozy, safe and lively house shared by our volunteers, interns and staff
  • 3 delicious meals a day cooked by chefs from the local community (weekdays only)
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by the African Impact team
  • Experienced international and local staff members who live and work alongside you every day
  • A full induction, orientation and training session to ensure you can contribute sustainably
  • All necessary project equipment and resources you’ll need on the ground
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
  • WiFi – it’s pretty slow here anyway!

Why volunteer with African Impact?

Why AI Africa Specialists
We live and breathe all things Africa

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Why AI With you all the way
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Wrapping ourselves around you like a giant fluffy blanket, our awesome staff on the ground will make sure you see, do and experience as much as possible.

Why AI Measurable Impacts
We are about real, measurable change

Responsibility and sustainability is the aim of the game on our very own volunteer projects, having built and developed them hand-in-hand with local communities since 2004.

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We knock it out of the park

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We are leading the way

With some of the most progressive policies, we are helping to push the boundaries of what the responsible volunteer travel industry can achieve.

About the Destination

Cape Town is officially one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Framed between oceans and mountains, it’s surrounded by incredible natural beauty, with Table Mountain, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, an absolute highlight. Cape Town is also a place of huge diversity, lively cultures, and a vibrant nightlife. Living here is dynamic and interesting, and weekends will give you a huge variety of exciting activities.

You can, for instance, venture to the top of Table Mountain, go paragliding, take to the ocean by kayak, hang out on some of the many beaches, sip wine at stunning vineyards, head out on safari, enjoy some Africa’s finest restaurants and even take to the skies on a helicopter flight over the city. For those more interested in exploring South Africa’s culture, how about visiting the historic Robben Island, or taking a free walking tour through the city to learn about Apartheid?

Volunteers live in a shared volunteer and intern house in Muizenberg, just 3 minutes away from one of the most popular beaches in Cape Town’s South Peninsula. Aside from being one of the best surfing beaches around (ready to get suited up?), it’s an area filled with vibey bars, cafes, and amazing restaurants. Our team of international and local staff members live and work with you, so expect to see and do more than most tourists could ever dream of.

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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