Dog Rescue Volunteer in Spain

Galgos are not seen as companion animals and often have difficult lives filled with neglect and abuse. You can help rescue, socialize and love them.

The Galgos are given medical care, physiotherapy, aqua-therapy, socialization and love until they can be adopted. This centre adopts these rehabilitated dogs to new homes all over the world, including places as far away as Norway and Canada. Galgos as companion animals are known for their gentleness, sleepy attitudes and charming facial expressions. And they love being part of the group. There is always a happy pack of Galgos to great you at the gate when you come in to visit! Surprisingly, in spite of their shocking and horrific past lives, this centre does not have many experiences with dangerous or aggressive Galgos- past volunteers have all remarked how gentle and loving these dogs are. 

Volunteers at this centre help care for the dogs – which can number as many as 35 at one time. Waking up early in the morning, volunteers spend time in the Galgos’ area, cleaning their paddock, preparing their meals and deliver breakfast. The dogs are socialized throughout the day while their beds are changed and cleaned. Aqua-therapy and physiotherapy takes place on site while most of the medical procedures take place at a veterinary clinic in town. During the school year the group makes presentations to local schools and community groups, in an attempt to bring awareness to the plight of these gentle dogs. Much of the educational work happens in the middle of the day while the Galgos socialize with each other in their open space runs and yards. 

The group hopes to help change Spain's legal system, which currently does not recognize Galgos as companion animals so does not regard their welfare to be as important as other dog breeds. This centre is a voice for change and we hope our volunteers pick up this mission too. We aren't just looking for volunteers to help the Galgos during their time at the centre, we are looking for global advocates who will help these animals by spreading the message of love, and care and required changes to legislation!

Dog Rescue Volunteer in Spain A rescued Galgo: Lucas Galgo love. Southern Spain. Aquatherapy Your backyard

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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 English (basic level)
Health Declaration
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 Animal Experience International (AEI) are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

In the volunteers free time there are trails to hike, an ocean to swim, cafes to drink coffee in! Volunteers has evenings free to explore Spain at the leisure- or read a book in the peaceful mountains!



What's included?
Airport pick up and drop off (at the Malaga airport), Finca Accommodation, On-site training, Emergency Support, Donation to Placement Partner, AEI Travel Manual, Carbon credits to offset 3 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, Premium Individual Travel Insurance (up to $500, 000 USD in emergency medical coverage), Travel discounts (through automatic membership to a volunteer only travel discount program), 24/7 Travel and emergency assistance.
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.
Airport Pickup

1 hour from the Malaga airport. You will be picked up by the family you live with!


You will be staying in your own cabin that is located inside the centre grounds. The grounds are a small “Finca” (farm), 20 minutes from the town. You will be responsible for your own cooking and cleaning. The cabin has a private bathroom, kitchen and patio! The Finca is completely fenced and has a family living on the grounds.

Bedroom (Single)
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Malaga/Spain between 2 weeks and 4 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Animal Experience International (AEI) 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 Animal Experience International (AEI) during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Spain

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Spain. Please check the visa regulations for Spain.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Spain.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Pablo Ruiz Picasso (AGP) in Malaga. We assist you to find cheap flights to Spain.
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 Spain provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Spain you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Spain.
Family Finca, Malaga, Spain

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