Our animals need your help!

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The Exchange

We need volunteers to guarantee a good level of welfare to our cats and dogs in our shelters! Please come and help! Your task will be primarily to walk the dogs and to play with them and to play with the cats, brush them and check that the cat shelter is always clean (cleaning staff is available 12/24 to keep everything clean, but sometimes a special care is needed). We have paid staff to clean and feed the animals.


36 hours of help per week

Handyman: Help with a wide range of repairs.

Animal Care: Perfect for travelers willing to learn and get experience with animals welfare

What you get

1 day off per week

Private Room: Have a private room to chill and relax just by yourself.

Cook your own meal: Feel free to prepare your own meal here

Pick Up: No worries! Get a free ride to get to our place.

Dance classes: Rock your body! Join our dance classes.

Certificate: Get a certificate of completion after you finish your experience.


Intermediate English or Intermediate Portuguese

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

Program Details

Our organization includes 4 locations: a clinic, an office/volunteers'house/cats shelter, a dog shelter (and also a private house for extra rooms when the volunteers' house is full). The only location that needs shifts with a fixed timetable is the dog shelter. The other tasks may have different schedules depending on various factors, among which availability of the local staff and needs of the animals.

Activities & Shift

The help we need varies depending on your skills. We expect someone who is a self-starter and can work independently with a very high degree of motivation. Work is per shifts: morning from 7:30 to 12:30 or afternoon from 13 to 18. Transport to/from the shelter is provided for free when needed by the paid staff.
Animal care: most basic tasks (cleaning, feeding, walking) are performed by local paid staff - we have 14 local employees. But, we always need help with delicate tasks such as playing with the dogs, brushing the cats, changing the beds, and taking care of ill animals. Notably, volunteers will (1) work in the place of paid staff when they are missing and (2) supervise the work of local employees to ensure the highest possible welfare of the animals in our shelters. Clear instructions will be provided for accomplishing tasks and volunteers are required to perform them accurately.


The rules of the house will be made available on our portal for volunteers, together with any other useful info.