Volunteer in South Africa with Animal Rescue Program - from just $23 per day!

Company : Love Volunteers
Location : South Africa, Imizamo Yethu Township
Duration: 2 weeks to 1 year
Approx Costs: 500 to 2000 £ Pound (UK)

This wonderful project works to rescue and rehabilitate animals in need in the Imizamo Yethu township. 

Home to around 40,000 people of diverse nationalities, the residents live in extreme poverty, well below the poverty line. There is a huge issue with stray animals/pets in the township, largely dogs and cats. Due to the tough economic and social situation in the area, these animals are often neglected and left to fend for themselves, often resulting in starvation and/or sickness.

Because of this ever-growing problem in the community, an animal rescue and rehabilitation centre was established. The centre is a pro-life, non-profit organisation that rescues, cares for, and sterilizes stray dogs and cats, with the hope of eventually finding new homes for them. The centre is only able to employ a handful of permanent staff, depending heavily on volunteers to assist with daily tasks and to supply hands-on care for these vulnerable animals.

Goals of this Project:

  • To rescue and care for neglected and abandoned animals in the Imizamo Yethu township
  • Find forever homes for these wonderful animals
  • Sterilize the animals to combat the over-breeding issue
  • Enable inter-cultural exchange which benefits both locals and international volunteers alike

Start Dates

This project is available year-round and programs start every SUNDAY. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 2 weeks to 12 weeks. Longer stays can be arranged directly with the local team, but will be subject to availability and individual visa conditions. Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.


Love Volunteers welcomes all those 18 years and over who wish to give their time and energy to help protect and conserve the domesticated animals of Cape Town. This project is best suited to those who are either pursuing a career in animal conservation/zoological studies, or who simply wish to explore an interest in this field. However, the project is open to all and does not require participants to have specific education, qualifications or experience, as you will be shown everything you need to know by one of local project leaders. Importantly though, all applicants must first and foremost have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude. If this sounds like you, we want you on the team!

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