Animal Rescue and Protection

founded in 2011
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Coordinator | Aldert
Coordinator | Aldert
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Help abandoned animals on the streets and prepare them to find a new home
Learn and practice Spanish while helping the animal population
Gain experience in veterinary activities and develop your profession passionately
Experience the satisfaction of being part of the difference helping to improve the quality of life of abandoned dogs and cats.
Enjoy one of the most beautiful cities in Latin America, its beautiful landscapes and friendly people.
Rescue abandoned dogs and cats, take care of them and prepare them to reach a loving family. Participate in the organization of public awareness campaigns. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Currently, there are many abandoned animals on the streets of Ecuador, largely due to the lack of public awareness to care for, raise and give their pets a permanent home. In this project, every day you join the fight to rescue them from the streets, many times they are injured or show great signs of malnutrition and abuse. You help the team of veterinarians and volunteers to heal their physical wounds and with love and good daily treatment to also heal their emotional wounds so that they are able to trust people again. Then you take them to the shelter together to try to find them a new and lasting home.

This project promotes respect and solidarity towards all forms of animal life, without distinction of species.
The main objective of our partner project is to actively contribute to a civilizational transformation that enables planetary coexistence in a comprehensive framework of non-violence. To achieve this, the following strategic priority areas have been established: legal, educational, concrete actions, training of activists.
All programs designed in the various strategic areas respond to the policy of eradication of all human practices that involve abuse, exploitation and mistreatment of other animal species.

Typical day

In this program it is appreciated to have at least three hours of work daily (Monday to Friday). You usually start the day by having breakfast at 7am in the host family or volunteer house and then you can calmly head towards the project. Here, it is possible to help the whole day from 9am to 5pm but it is also possible to help for a minimum of three hours a day.

This volunteer program allows you to transmit your love for animals during your stay in Ecuador. With daily tasks you help well-being and rehabilitation in a positive way after being rescued. In this program it offers you to experience volunteering but also an internship abroad. A typical day may include the following:

  • Support public awareness campaigns about animals.
  • If you have a study related to veterinary activities, you also help with the different medical needs of dogs and cats.
  • Help with the maintenance of the shelter
  • Clean the shelter
  • Give affection through trust games and activities
  • Feed the dogs
  • Sterilization campaigns to avoid overpopulation and abandonment of animals
  • Promote adoption instead of buying pets

Free-time activities

Volunteer participants have their meeting point in Quito or can fly directly to Cuenca. Cuenca is one of the most beautiful cities in Ecuador, it is also one of the favorite cities of many foreigners to retire, it is not called the little France of Latin America for nothing. This city has so much history! As you walk through the historic center and its characteristic streets, in addition to its architecture, you will constantly be attracted by the markets, the local works of art and people still wearing their colonial era attire.

The surroundings of Cuenca are full of wonderful small towns and cities, such as the Cajas National Park, the Ingapirca ruins of the Incas, Azoguez, Chordeleg and spectacular mountains and rivers. Despite being located in the Andes mountain range, Cuenca also enjoys a spring-like climate.

Participants in this project will stay with local families or in our volunteer house in an excellent location to visit local sites and venture out to explore the surrounding area and other tourist sites.
Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level) or Spanish (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
To help as a volunteer with the different care and protection activities you just need to have a lot of love for animals. But if you want to help in the veterinary clinic, it is necessary to have related studies.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by Foundation Local Dreamers

The mentioned costs involve room, board, airport pickup and preperation & guidance as well as a one-time contribution towards the project.

Airport Pickup at Mariscal Lamar International Airport

If you arrive in Quito, a member of our team will be waiting for you at the airport to take you to our office. There you will receive a lot of information and important details, you sleep in our volunteer house and the next day you can travel by bus or plane to Cuenca. In both cases or if you decide to go directly to Cuenca, you will be received by a member of the team in Cuenca who will guide you to your lodging and the next day will provide you with all the necessary advice to start the project.


You will stay in one of our certified host families, who will be delighted to receive you in their home and to share with you an unforgettable cultural exchange experience and you will experience the flavors of Ecuadorian food (breakfast and dinner included) There is also the option of staying in our volunteer house if you want to live more independently and share your free time with other volunteers like you. In both cases, basic services such as internet, water, electricity and drinking water are included. You will enjoy a good hot shower. The rooms and bathroom are shared.

Guest Family Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

With the host family you will have breakfast and dinner included. Allergies and vegetarian or vegan diets are taken into account. A typical breakfast usually includes bread, cheese, eggs, ham. Coffee, juice or tea. Dinners can include rice accompanied by vegetables, salad and different meats or meat substitutes. From time to time you can be surprised with a delicious and unique food typical of the country or the region. In addition, Cuenca has top quality water so you will always have clean and drinkable water available

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Mariscal Lamar International Airport (CUE) in Cuenca. We assist you to find cheap flights to Ecuador.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Ecuador provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Ecuador you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ecuador.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Feel free to join us in every time of the year, our projects are open during the whole year. We don't have specific arrival days, just search your most ideal flight. Our coordinators are available to welcome you on every day of the week, also during the weekend.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
9 weeks
17 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$268 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Foundation Local Dreamers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Foundation Local Dreamers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Animal Rescue and Protection

Rescue abandoned dogs and cats, take care of them and prepare them to reach a loving family. Participate in the organization of public awareness campaigns.


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