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Support a Cat Shelter

Santiago de Chile, Chile show on map
founded in 2003
Coordinator | Sergio
Coordinator | Sergio
Take care of cats that have been rescued in Chile! Support a great cause and help rehabiliate these furry friends! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:

The Project

This project was founded in 2010 and its main objective is to rescue, rehabilitate, and find new homes for stray cats in Santiago. Unfortunately, in Chile, and much of Latin America, lives of animals are not given as much value as they are in industrialized countries. The population does not make a good effort to neuter animals, and this is the type of education that the organization hopes to improve in Chile. The focus of this project is cats, so cat lovers will love being able to give attention to the many cats at the facility. There are always a lot of adoption events that aim to give the cats a new home.

Most of the cats are rescued from the streets, while others have lived in dangerous conditions with citizens. A lot of the cats that arrive are pregnant and need a safe environment where they can give birth, be fed, be treated kindly. Once the cats are in the shelter, any of their illnesses or injuries are treated. They are also fed and bathed. 

This facility operates off donations, so fundraisers are very important to raise both funds and materials for the cats. Most of the items donated are from well-known brands.


Your Tasks

Without the help of volunteers, this project would not exist. The facilities are always in need of help, and this is one of very few programs that focuses specifically on cats instead of dogs.  

As a volunteer, you will have the chance interact with all types of cats and improve their living conditions. If you have any veterinary experience or additional experience working with domestic animals, you can also assist with giving them medication. 

Typical day

On a typical work day you will: 

  • Feed the cats
  • Maintain the building
  • Assist vets 
  • Print and assist with social media and marketing tasks
  • Raise awareness
  • Help organize fundraisers
  • Assist with the adoption of pets

Details on Arrival

This project is open for enrollment year-round, and we are quite flexible and quick in setting up the placement. Please note that a minimum time commitment of 2 weeks is required. 

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 that have both international and national chains. There are also many mountain ranges where you can go hiking. In and around Santiago you can find plenty of opportunities to spend you spare time doing sports, cultural activities or recreational activities.

Winter Sports

Program Requirements

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 Spanish (basic level)
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
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 - 16:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
South America Inside (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by South America Inside
  1. Single room in local homestay
  2. Escort by a staff member to your Volunteer Work Place on your first day
  3. Santiago City Map
  4. Santiago City Guide

  5. Consultation from our experienced staff
  6. Translation of application profile
  7. Volunteer work placement
  8. Advice regarding travel insurance
  9. Advice on local travels
  10. Orientation session upon arrival
  11. Orientation kit
  12. Country handbook
  13. Local support
  14. 24/7 Emergency Number
  15. Certificate of Participation

    Airport pick-up can be added for an additional cost of USD 40.

We provide single rooms in local homestays. Food is not included but you will have access to a fully equipped kitchen where you can store and prepare your meals.

Guest Family Guesthouse Bedroom (Single)
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. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Arturo Merino Benitez Airport (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.
If you are intending to volunteer in Chile you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Chile.
Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 619
3 weeks
$ 766
4 weeks
$ 913
5 weeks
$ 1,060
6 weeks
$ 1,207
24 weeks (max. stay)
$ 3,853
Average fees
$ 235 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Santiago de Chile/Chile between 2 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South America Inside will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Chile.
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.
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