Cat Shelter Supporter

Feed and give fresh water to the cats, play with the cats, maintain and improve the shelter’s infrastructure, cleaning their cages, fundraising

The project

This project was founded in 2010 with its main objective to rescue, rehabilitate and find new homes for stray cats in Santiago. Unfortunately, in Chile, and much of Latin America, animal lives are not given as much value as in some industrialized countries. The idea of neutering pets is seriously lacking, and it is with this type of education diffusion that the organization hopes to improve animal welfare in Chile. The focus of this project is cats, so cat lovers will greatly enjoy being able to offer kindness and attention to many cats, their are always many adoption events for the cats that are card for which is around 200. 

Most of the cats are rescued from the streets and some others which have lived in dangerous conditions by citizens. A number of cats that arrive are pregnant and need a safe environment where they can give birth and where they can be fed and well treated. Once the cats are in the shelter they are treated of any illnesses or injuries, they are then fed and bathed. 

The program operates from donations so fundraisers are very important with nearly all of the goods provided to the cats are donated from good known brands. 

Your work

Without the help of volunteers this project would not exist this is because they are always in need of help and this is one of very few programs just for cats as most are for dogs. 

You will have the chance to work actively with all types of cats, and improve their living conditions, and, if you have veterinary experience or additional experience working with domestic animals, you can also assist with giving them medication

On a typical working day you will: 

  • feed the cats, 
  • maintain the building, 
  • assist vets, 
  • print and assist in social media and marketing tasks, 
  • raise awareness, 
  • help organize fund raisers, 
  • assist in adoption of pets. 

Cat Shelter Supporter Have fun Help kittens Take care of cats Help get new owners Organize events

Suitable for


Program Requirements

Minimum Age
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).
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (basic 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 09:00 - 13:00

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 internship on your first day | Certificate of participation
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

Check out first

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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