Abandoned Animals Rescue Worker

Care for street dogs and cats , clean cages, drug administration, support sterilization procedures, rescue operations

The project

This work program allows you to rescue and work with abandoned cats and dogs and help to rehome them. The organization is based in Chiles capital Santiago, which has lots of stray cats and dogs. These animals often eat rotten food and garbage which mean they are in need of medical care. Some suffer from serious injuries caused by fighting or by humans which untreated results in the animals dying an unnescessary death.

Luckily there are many people in Santiago who work to rescue and protect these animals. Locals work with volunteers from around the world to help improve the situation of animals that are currently living on the streets, the main objective of this program is to take care of the dogs and cats until they are healthy enough to find a new home via adoption. 

Your work

You do not need any experience for this role but you should not be afraid of cats or dogs as they are the main focus of the project, you should be passionate about animals and care for them. 

On a day to day basis you will be: 

  • bathing, feeding and walking the animals, 
  • cleaning cages and equipment
  • drug administration and support in sterilization procedures,
  • help with rescue operations where animals are brought in from the street, 
  • distribute the food for animals that live on the street, 
  • help with public relations and educational work, 
  • support in the adoption process, 
  • help raise funds 

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Suitable for


Program Requirements

Minimum Age
In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (intermediate level)
Education Requirements
at High School 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 and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at South America Inside are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

The city of Santiago has a wide range of activities for our volunteers to enjoy such as a variety of different shopping malls with international and national chains, there are also many mountain ranges where you can go hiking.



What's included?
Consultation on travel | Translation on documents | Organization of your volunteer program in Chile | Delivery of necessary documents for visa application (if required) | Individual attention from your contact person in Chile | Informative manual about your stay in Chile | Santiago City Guide (130 pages) | Informative welcome talk with the staff in our office | Escort by a staff member to your program site on your first day | Certificate of participation from South America Inside
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
25 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Santiago de Chile/Chile between 4 weeks and 25 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South America Inside will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
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.

Get ready to volunteer in Chile

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Chile. Please check the visa regulations for Chile.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Chile and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Chile.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Chile.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Arturo Merino Benitez (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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Chile you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Chile.
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