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Working closely with vets at an animal shelter in Cape Town, you will spend 2 to 4 weeks or even longer on these volunteer abroad programmes helping to tend and care for neglected and abused pets. This particular clinic sees over 170 dogs and 130 cats per day, all of which need veterinary care and rehabilitation. If helping to care for these animals, either by assisting vets, or by exercising, feeding and playing with them appeals, then read on…..
The animal shelter is based in a Township in the Southern Peninsula of Cape Town. There is a clinic on site and also a mobile clinic which visits local Townships. Typically, you will spend the morning working in the mobile clinic. You might find yourself helping to educate people in the community about animal care and welfare. You may also get involved with helping the vets to administer de-worming treatments and inoculations. Education is also an important aspect of the mobile clinics, especially teaching young children how to care for pets, to reduce the issues with animal abuse in the Townships.
This volunteering project in Cape Town is run by the award-winning African volunteering specialists African Impact, the largest on-the-ground facilitator and operator of responsible volunteer projects in Africa.
In the afternoon (after a lovely lunch served up at your accommodation) you will head over to the animal shelter where you will spend the afternoon helping to care for the cats and dogs housed there. By feeding these animals, petting them and playing with them, you will give them valuable attention and affection which could help them to be rehabilitated and then re-housed.
In the evening, you will be picked up and taken home for dinner. You can then spend the rest of the night relaxing, or go out socialising with the other volunteers.
Given that you have come all the way to Cape Town, you will also want to make sure that you also get a chance to take in some of the local sights and sounds. Included in your trip price is a tour out to Cape Point and a chance to see the penguins at Boulders Beach. You will also be taken up the cable car to visit the world famous summit of Table Mountain. Don’t stop there! After you have finished your volunteering, you could head off down the Garden route or go off on safari…..
This is a very genuine opportunity to meet local people and gain an insight into their lives and culture. And there is always the chance to extend your trip so that you can have some R & R afterwards – which you will have well and truly earned!
You will be spending a lot of time with animals, so a love for cats and dogs is essential.
Some volunteers view the experience as a chance to make new friends with other participants on the volunteer abroad programmes and enjoy socialising with each other in the evenings. You don’t have to participate, but bear in mind that you will be living in communal accommodation, so some degree of social interaction is likely!
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