Dog Shelter Supporter

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Coordinator | Loana
Coordinator | Loana
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Feed, clean and walk the dogs.
Give dogs love, cuddles and affection!
Collaborate with a multinational volunteer team.
Experience Mexican culture and local life.
Enjoy nature's paradise at the beach.
With currently over 100 dogs PEP needs a lot of help with the daily work, such as feeding and walking, maintaining the shelters and finding new loving homes for our dogs. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

We are in need of more hands and financial aid. Choosing to join the volunteer program will help the shelter become a sustainable, safe and secure place for dogs for many years to come. For now, Annette (funder) is able to sustain the shelter financially with her savings. She has dedicated more than 13 years and kept the shelter running 24/7, 365 days every year.

The shelter is divided into three sections, and each section is again divided into enclosures, each housing between 2-5 dogs. The dogs sleep, eat and play in their own enclosures and are taken out at least once a day for exercise. This is done one group at a time. Whilst the dogs are out, their enclosure is cleaned of dog poo and the water bowls cleaned and filled. When they return from their walk, the dogs are given their food. This has a specific order and each dog has a specified amount of food.

Puerto Escondido is hot all year round and the shelters are outside, some have only little shade and can be dusty during the dry season. The rainy season from May to October can be very humid and wet. You will most likely be doing active, manual work so be prepared to get hot, dirty and sweaty!

List of the daily tasks

    • Assisting with the daily walks
    • Cleaning each enclosure of dog poo whilst the dogs are out walking
    • Cleaning and refilling the water bowls
    • Giving the dogs their food - this will involve learning names, feeding order, and quantities
    • Giving the dogs love, cuddles and affection!
    • Assist with administering medicine or accompanying dogs to the vets
    • Help with rescuing or collecting stray dogs that are in need of help


The dogs we work with have been rescued from the street, many have been mistreated and as a result are wary of humans. They are not aggressive but can be rather shy the first time you meet them. Some have psychological problems and traumas.

During your first week you will always be accompanied by an experienced volunteer when entering the shelter, until you get to know all our 4 legged friends and feel comfortable.

Please always treat them with respect! Approach calmly, get down to their level and let them sniff you before touching them – earn their trust! Some will jump up but they just want to play and be loved and with time you will be able to give them the attention and affection they deserve!

Typical day

Daily basisThe dogs at the shelter are taken care off 7 days a week.
You as a volunteer do assist 5 days a week with 2 days off (may vary with availability).

  • Morning shift starts at 7:30 am – 12:30 pm with a break for breakfast at 9.30 am
Daylight saving season.
  • Morning shift starts at 8:30 am – 1:30 pm with a break for breakfast at 9.30 am
  • Afternoon shift starts at 3 pm – 6.30 pm (only available for volunteers who are familiar with the dogs)
You are not required to work both shifts or work every day. The only requirement we have is that you commit to the days you sign up for and notify us ahead of any changes you would like to make.

Free-time activities

Welcome to Puerto Escondido! A multicultural laid back surfer costal spot in Oaxaca. There is a diversity of activities you can enjoy. 

Sport Activities

  • Surfing
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Beach volleyball
  • Hiking and more.

Culture and Local Activities

  • Spanish lessons 
  • Markets 
  • Ancestral beverages and food  

Holistic Activities

  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Reiki
  • Natural medicine

Social Activities 

  • Artistic exchanges
  • Coworking spaces  
  • Nightlife. 

No matter what you choose to do, at the end of a long day watch the sunset and treat yourself with a relaxing massage. 

Puerto Escondido may be a small place, but it offers seven beaches to visit. If that is not enough, there are many more nearby. As well as lagoons and beautiful sightseeing spots.

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 (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 07:30 - 13:30

What's Included

Services by Perros en Puerto
  •  Accommodation
  •  Local support
  •  Project placement
  •  On-site supervisor
  •  Supports the dog shelter and locals
  •  Registration fee included
Airport Pickup at Puerto Escondido Airport

You will be picked up at the airport by a volunteer in a private transpiration and dropped off at your accommodation. A volunteer will assist with information about transportation to the site. At the end of your stay you will be picked up at your accommodation and dropped off at the airport.


Generally,  you will stay in a private room with share common spaces (may vary depending on the season or upon request). When booked, details will be given.

Dorm Room Bedroom (Single)
Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Puerto Escondido Airport (PXM) in Puerto Escondido. We assist you to find cheap flights to Mexico.
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 Mexico provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Mexico you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Mexico.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

You can join our volunteer program all year round. At your arrival, it's up to you to have a few days to settle in or start right away. When ready, guidance from volunteers will be given to help you get adjusted and familiar with the work and surroundings.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
9 weeks
11 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$225 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Perros en Puerto 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 Perros en Puerto during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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