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Ecuador Cat & Dog Shelter

Quito, Ecuador

Ecuador Cat & Dog Shelter
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Care for Domestic Animals

Project Information

Volunteer Type Volunteer

Cost of Project From $560 AUD

Duration Minimum 1 week

Start Dates Monday - Friday, all year

Work Roster Flexible 4 - 6 hours a day

Age Requirement 16 (with parental consent)


This local organisation tirelessly devotes all of its time and efforts in eliminating the mistreatment of domestic animals and promotes respect to all animals through local education initiatives. The principal objectives are to achieve the approval of an animal protection law, educate people about responsible ownership, assist in the control of dog and cat populations, improve the lives of rescued animals at the refuge and implement campaigns to achieve all objectives.

  • Your Contribution

Since the number of animal welfare agencies are small in Ecuador, this opportunity is unique and your help will be invaluable.

Your experience will the most rewarding if you are a dog-lover as the great majority of rescued animals at the refuge are dogs.

  • A Typical Day

You can offer your help in a variety of activities:
*Cleaning, feeding and undertaking recreational activities for the animals in the refuge.
*Dog walking, washing, playing with puppies or helping our street dogs to trust people again.
*Veterinary assistance.
*Assisting in rescues.
*Creation of advertising material.
*Planning and realising campaigns to diffuse information about the mission and activities of the organisation.
*Planning and realising campaigns about responsible ownership and adoption of rescued pets.
*Fundraising and building positive relationships with donors.
*Centre maintenance.
*Monthly volunteer meetings.

  • Skills Required

You must be hard working and able to show initiative.

  • Challenges

Most of the staff at the project speak Spanish so it is highly recommended to have some basic Spanish. Talk to O2E about taking some lessons while you are at the project and living in Quito. Your Spanish will improve in no time. Bueno!

The staff are very busy so you should be prepared to ask questions and take initiative at the Centre.

  • Accommodation

Home stay - You may choose to stay with a family which is a great opportunity to practice your Spanish and get to know more about Ecuadorian culture. The families are carefully selected and have experience with foreign travellers. All families are located within walking distance from Central Quito and close to bus stations where you can catch the bus to the project. A laundry service and your meals are included and most families have a private bathroom.

Shared Apartments - The apartments are located in a quiet area in the middle of the entertainment district "La Mariscal." Cleaning and a change of bed linen is complimentary and apartments are available on a monthly basis.

Hostels - The hostels are located in the central district La Mariscal. Transport around Quito is easy with buses and taxis very affordable.

  • Meals

Home stays include breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you are in a shared apartment or a hostel, meals are not provided.

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