Wildlife, Cats & Dogs Caretaker

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Coordinator | Patrick
Coordinator | Patrick
This project rehabilitates wildlife, breeds endangered species and takes care of dogs and cats to finance it all! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 22+
This project is the excellent volunteer opportunity for those who can not decide if they want to volunteer with wildlife or help out mans best friends: the dog and the cat! This project rehabilitates wildlife, breeds endangered species and takes care of dogs and cats to finance it all!

This great volunteer project specializes in research, wildlife rehabilitation and the breeding of endangered Canadian wildlife! The project is located on the east side of the Rocky Mountains in Alberta. You will have the opportunity to help, rescue and rehabilitate orphaned and injured animals. The project finances it’s great cause through a kennel for dogs and cats. As part of the volunteer experience you will also on a daily basis get involved with these friendly pets. This wildlife centre specializes in the care and rehabilitation of small mammals like raccoons and badgers to big mammals like moose and Bears. The work with the wildlife on the centre is physically demanding and it is by no means an’ easy holiday option’! The minimum duration of stay is 6 weeks with a maximum duration of 12 weeks.

The Centre is located in a nice community between the Great prairies and Rocky Mountains. There are lots of opportunities for outdoor activities and wildlife viewing as well as several towns nearby. You will volunteer alongside other local and international volunteers as well as experienced staff who will train and guide you during your stay.
There are no special requirements for this program as well no special equipment needed.

Typical day

Volunteers and Interns are the backbone of the organization. It is these individuals, who give freely of their time, that make caring for all the animals possible. The wildlife shelter is run by a dedicated group of volunteers.
Working at a Wildlife Rehabilitation Center can be very intense at times because of the hours they sometimes have to keep. With any luck, you will be working an eight hour day, but at times it can be up to 12 hours, depending on the number of admissions and their problems. Volunteers will be expected to be involved in all aspects of the centre. You will be considered one of the staff during your stay and your jobs will include feeding, food preparation, cleaning, laundry, administering treatment, participating in building projects, assisting with research programs, helping in the public wing, etc. You will 4 hours per day be involved with the care of the dogs and cats.
  • Feed and care for the animals
  • Looking after orphaned wildlife
  • Assist 4 hours a day with the care of the dogs and cats
  • Taking injured wildlife to vet for veterinary care
  • Follow up veterinary care for injured animals
  • Maintaining notes on injured or orphaned wildlife
  • Assist with wildlife research
  • Keeping cages clean
  • Feeding and watering the dogs and cats
  • Assisting with veterinary treatment (injections/giving pills)
  • Walking the dogs
  • Cleaning the dog & cat kennels,
  • Collecting and disposing of faeces
  • Build and maintain animal enclosures

Free-time activities

On days off, volunteers have lots of outdoor activities. They can explore the Rocky Mountains and amazing places like Lake Louise, Banff National park and the Grand Prairie where they can enjoy hiking, sightseeing, climbing and many more. They can also visit Calgary.However, these activities will be covered at the volunteers own expense.


In order to join the program you need to be at least 22 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Required Documents
CV, Resume, Letter of Motivation and Two pics and Signed Policies and Liability form
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 and Friday from 09:00 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by Fronteering Travel
The fees includes:

  • Airport Pick up & Transfer to project site.
  • Accommodation:You will have shared accommodation with bedding provided.  
  • Mail-holding service:You can use FRONTEERINGS office as a reliable address to have your mail delivered
  • Ongoing service & 24/7 Emergency contact
Airport Pickup at Calgary International Airport

We will be waiting for you at the airport and transfer you to your accommodation near the volunteer project.


You will have shared accommodation with bedding provided.  Each home is equipped with a television. full kitchen, bathroom, bedroom(2 people to a room), living room, laundry room and built in vacuum.  You are expected to keep the home clean at all times.

Dorm Room Guesthouse
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. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Calgary International Airport (YYC) in Calgary. We assist you to find cheap flights to Canada.
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 Canada provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Canada you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Canada.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

There are no specific start/arrival dates for this project, however, we recommend that you arrive om a Monday.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
6 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
6 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,595
8 weeks
$ 1,895
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 2,195
Average fees
$ 224 /week

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

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Wildlife, Cats & Dogs Caretaker

This project rehabilitates wildlife, breeds endangered species and takes care of dogs and cats to finance it all!


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