Assist Vets in an abused animal shelter in Cape Town

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.

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What to Expect?

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.

  • Program ID: # 2429
  • duration:
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
    1 to 3 Months
  • location:
    Cape Town
    South Africa
    33° 55' 22.2636" S, 18° 28' 44.4144" E
    ZA
  • Fitness level:
    Moderately Fit
    Very Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    Cape Town (CPT)
  • Costs From:
    $1000 to $1500
    $1500 to $3000
  • Program Type:
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
    Learn Abroad
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