Abandoned Pets Caretaker

founded in 2010
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Coordinator | Patrick
Coordinator | Patrick
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Take this chance to take care of abused and abandoned pets at a center located in the Greater Vancouver area of Canada. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Takes this chance to take care of abused and abandoned pets at a center located in the Greater Vancouver area of Canada, world’s number one best livable city surrounded by mountains and ocean.

This project is for those who just love dogs, cats and other animals, and who would love to get in to the care and rescue of abandoned and abused pets. Every year this volunteer project treats many animals from throughout the Greater Vancouver area. Your mission is to provide humane care to injured, unwanted and abused pets. Working with the animals at the centre is rewarding but physically demanding, and it is by no means an ’easy holiday option’! Volunteers will be expected to be involved in all aspects of the centre. Animal care volunteers are needed all year round. The minimum stay for this project is 4 weeks duration.

You will volunteer along side international volunteers and local volunteers as well as local staff who will guide and train you during your stay.

The volunteer project is located in one of the suburbs of the greater Vancouver Area where there is something to do for everyone.  Whether it is enjoying the nature, ski or snowboard, mountain bike, hike, going to the nearby coast and enjoying the sea or visiting Vancouver Downtown there is plenty to do near the volunteer station on your days

As a volunteer you will help the staff clean, do vaccines, health checks and keep the shelter going. We have about 50 volunteers, who all work in different fields (cats, dogs, floater). We would try to have you work in all these fields so you would get the most out of this. If there is one area that you prefer, we would definitely try to have you stay there (depending on schedules and staffing).
Most works is directly involving the cats and dogs of the center.

  • Required to commit to a minimum of 4 weeks
  • Must complete 2-4 days of training and shadow a senior volunteer before starting independent shifts
  • NO SMOKING is allowed on the property.
  • Strong work ethics are required: reliable, responsible, honest, good sense of humour, dependable, physically and mentally fit.
  • Age: 18-30
  • No animal allergies
  • Tetanus Vaccination required
  • Jeans and Toe Covered shoes is a must!

Typical day

The domestic animal care and care center was established over a 100 years ago. In the shelter they mainly care for dogs, cats, small animals and birds. Our Criminal Investigation Department will also ensure that farm animals and Livestock are being taken care of in a proper manner. 
You will be involved in many cleaning and socializing related tasks of the animals, some of the tasks you will be involved in but not limited to:
  • Walking and playing with the animals (socializing)
  • Answering phones
  • Grooming the animals
  • taking in new animals
  • Animal Health Checks and vaccinations.
  • Setting up kennels
  • Ensuring the animals have what they need to be happy
  • Maintenance and cleaning duties
  • Complete daily welfare assessments of all animals
For more information about your typical day please contact us.

Free-time activities

Volunteers can get involved in many activities such as shopping the the city or go  mountain climbing, sightseeing, hiking,  water sports nearby. However, these activities will be covered at the volunteers own expense.

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)
Required Documents
CV, Resume, Letter of Motivation, Two pics and Signed Policies and Liability form (provided during application process)
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 07:00 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by Fronteering Travel
The fees includes:

  • Airport Pickup: We will be waiting for you at the airport and transfer you to your Homestay accommodation nearby the project.
  • Accommodation: Homestay near the volunteer project. 
  • Meals: 3 meals a day included (possible catering available for vegetarians)
  • 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 Vancouver International Airport

You will arrive in Vancouver where you will be met at the airport and transferred to the volunteer project.

Your Homestay accommodation will be arranged by FRONTEERING near the volunteer project.
You will live with a Canadian family which includes your own bedroom, laundry facility in the house, wireless internet, cable TV and 3 meals a day. Of course you can also make use of the living room, kitchen and washroom. It’s a great way to get to know the real Greater Vancouver Area and improve your English.
Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

You will be provided with 3 meals a day, specific catering available on request only.

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 Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in Vancouver. 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 on a Monday.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
6 weeks
8 weeks
10 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$412 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. 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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Abandoned Pets Caretaker

Take this chance to take care of abused and abandoned pets at a center located in the Greater Vancouver area of Canada.


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