Support a Cat Shelter

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founded in 2003
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Coordinator | Sergio
Coordinator | Sergio


Explore Chile, one of the most amazing and diverse countries in the world
Boost your CV with international volunteer experience
Grow as a person by broadening your intercultural skills
Enjoy the diversity of day and night activities in Chile's capital Santiago
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Take care of cats in Chile that have been rescued! Support a great cause and help rehabiliate these furry friends! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Unfortunately, in Chile and much of Latin America, animal life is not half as valuable as in developed countries. Despite the constant improvement of the situation in recent years, there is a lack of professional implementation in dealing with the animals, the sterilization practices and the adecuate care of the animals. Throughout Chile there are big problems with dogs and cats living on the street.

Fortunately, there are some charity projects that take care of the animals. Founded in 2010, this NGO is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of stray cats in Santiago, giving cat lovers the opportunity to support the shelter with love and attention to pets in need. The shelter provides veterinarian care and a warm home to deported, neglected and abused cats. In addition, the project regularly organizes adoption events for the nearly 200 cats in the shelter.

Most cats that live in the cat house are rescued from the street, only a small number are brought in from households because of non-species-appropriate attitude. Some cats are pregnant and need a safe environment to give birth, care for, feed and educate their offspring. Others are very sick, malnourished or seriously injured by abuse or by years of stray on the street. Once sheltered, the cats receive food, water, vaccine, socialization program (with other cats and humans), and, of course, treatment for their illnesses and injuries. In addition, veterinary treatment including sterilization, medical therapies, etc. is provided as needed. The organization lives from donations and is happy about every committed animal lover.

Typical day

The cat house would not exist without the help of volunteers. They are very important to keeping the project alive and to protect the current numbers cats, prepare adoptions, and rescue cats from the streets. Unfortunately, there are only a few initiatives in Santiago that deal with street cats. If you love cats and want to protect them, then this is your chance!

Your help is needed in various areas, such as:

• Feeding the cats
• Cleaning blankets and cat beds
• Cleaning and maintenance of cages and premises
• Cleaning and refill feeding bowls
• Cleaning litter boxes
• Administrative tasks
• Accompanying veterinary treatments (not possible for all volunteers)
• Helping with Adoption Processing (not always possible)

In this volunteer project, you have the opportunity to work with a variety of cats and to improve their living conditions. Your support makes all the difference and helps to rehabilitate the street cats in Santiago de Chile, give them a new home and make life outside the street possible. Your activities will change the behavior, the health and the life situation of the cats sustainably and at best enable them to live in a family.

You do not have to be a cat expert to participate in this project in Chile. A serious love of cats and your motivation to help them are enough to change the lives of cats in Chile. These stray animals depend on the support of all of us.

Free-time activities

Chile is a country that unites many different climates and landscapes. Due to its remarkable length of 4,300 kilometers you can discover extremes such as deserts, salt lakes, volcanoes, temperate rainforest, mountains over 6,000 meters high and eternal ice fjords. With its indescribably large variety of landscape, vegetation and climate, Chile is a popular destination all year round.

The capital of Santiago de Chile never sleeps and in recent decades has developed into a very popular and modern metropolis. There are activities that your heart desires! There is something for everyne; for art lovers, nature fans, culture enthusiasts and party people. Santiago’s location is just perfect since within about an hour can either be in the mountains or at the beach. You can find outdoor adventure sports, like hiking, rafting, climbing, horseback riding, and so on, or just relax at the beach during the weekend.

In Santiago you can:
- Hiking/walking in the hills and parks
- Sightseeing
- Visiting museums and art galleries
- Exploring beautiful neigborhoods
- Strolling through local markets
- Shopping
- Enjoying restaurants and bars / nightlife
- Meeting up with other volunteers
- Doing sports
- Going on day excursions to the amazing surroundings

Winter 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 Spanish (basic level)
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
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 and Friday from 09:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by South America Inside
  1. Single room in local homestay
  2. Escort by a staff member to your Volunteer Work Place on your first day
  3. Santiago City Map
  4. Santiago City Guide

  5. Consultation from our experienced staff
  6. Translation of application profile
  7. Volunteer work placement
  8. Advice regarding travel insurance
  9. Advice on local travels
  10. Orientation session upon arrival
  11. Orientation kit
  12. Country handbook
  13. Local support
  14. 24/7 Emergency Number
  15. Certificate of Participation

    Airport pick-up can be added for an additional cost.

We provide single rooms in local homestays. Food is not included but you will have access to a fully equipped kitchen where you can store and prepare your meals.

Guest Family Guesthouse Bedroom (Single)
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. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Arturo Merino Benitez Airport (SCL) in Santiago. We assist you to find cheap flights to Chile.
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 Chile provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Chile you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Chile.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

The volunteer work can be joined throughout the year. The start and end date can be set flexible, according to your availability and travel plans. Ask our experienced staff to coordinate your participation in this meaningfull volunteer project.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 619
3 weeks
$ 766
4 weeks
$ 913
5 weeks
$ 1,060
6 weeks
$ 1,207
24 weeks (max. stay)
$ 3,853
Average fees
$ 235 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South America Inside 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 South America Inside during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Support a Cat Shelter

Take care of cats in Chile that have been rescued! Support a great cause and help rehabiliate these furry friends!


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