Animal Shelter Las Galeras, Dominican Republic

8 reviews8

Help us take care of our animals =)

Help a sustainable project
4 travelers confirmed that this host is actively contributing to a more sustainable future for everyone!
Connect with international travelers
7 travelers recommend this host to meet travelers from all around the world
Connect with nature
7 travelers recommend this experience for reconnecting with nature
Accepts couples and pairs of volunteers
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What you offer


Hours per week
Help out and collaborate with your host only a few hours per week.
Animal Care
Help look after and take care of animals.
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What you get


Days off per week
Have some time off for yourself, go explore the city or rest for a while.
Private Room
You will have a bed in a private room. In other words, a room just for you.
You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.
Use our equipped kitchen
Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.
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3 weeks

The Experience

I have to leave the country for 2 weeks in order to renew my Belgium passport. There will be another person who will take care of the animals, but it would be nice if a 2nd person could stay as well. Animals (25 cats, 2 dogs & eventual horses) need to be taken care of full time so it would be possible than to take turns and enjoy. Beautiful beaches are just a few minutes away. Know that the cats are the most demanding animals here at my place.

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  • Beginner English or Beginner Spanish
  • Between 18 and 80 years old
  • Welcomes solo volunteers, couples, and partners of volunteers

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Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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8 Reviews


Host & Team


Hours & Tasks


Animal Shelter


Learning & Fun


How this experience will transform you

  • 7 Meeting international travelers
  • 7 Get in touch with nature
  • 4 Developing social awareness
  • 4 Developing environmental awareness
  • 4 Practicing Spanish
  • 4 Immersing in the local culture

This host contributes to Sustainable Development Goals

  • 4 15. Life on land
  • 3 6. Clean water and sanitation
  • 2 5. Gender equality

United States


For my first trip ever, I was blown away by my experience. Karin is one of the kindest and most genuine people I have met. She made me feel welcome from my first step inside and it was clear that she deeply loves her animals and gives them an amazing life. I loved spending my mornings working with the cats and taking short breaks to cuddle up with them. I will miss them all dearly, but especially Julio, Stevie, Kitty, Lilith, Melanie, Charlie, Bobby, Tigre and Mona Lisa. The hostel itself is absolutely beautiful and truly felt like a home away from home for me. Thank you for everything Karin!

about 1 month ago

karin replied

Thank you Paige.
We also miss you a lot. It was a real plesure having you here. Come back when ever you feel as.



This volunteering was simply incredible, we enjoyed our experience a lot and miss Karin, the cats and the place so much. Karin is someone truly kind, adorable and careful. The work she asked to do is simple, we had to clean the shelter, change their waters, and pet them. The cats are so cute, we liked to work by their side !! We honestly recommend this volunteering to you because the place and landcape are amazing, locals are so friendly and we enjoyed the culture there. It was a great experience, we hope our future volunteering will be as good as this one ! Thanks for all Karin 😊

4 months ago

karin replied

Girls you where amazing. 2 sun in the house. I loved it having you both around and you took so good care of the Cathouse and the cats. Yes the cats also did miss you that was clear. I have been so lucky with having both of you here.
Hope one day to see you showing up at the gate.
But i'm very sorry...Bobby he is not available for adoption. Take care and don't change.



Our experience was incredible, it was our first volunteering and we enjoyed a lot ! Karin is a lovely woman, very kind. The hacienda is pleasant, situated 10 minutes walks from the sea. It's 40 minutes walk to go to Las Galeras but when Karin goes, she suggests that we come. The job with cats it's simple, we have to clean the shelter, change their waters, take care and pet them. Thank you so much Karin, we already miss you and the hacienda, we come back to France with beautiful memories.

4 months ago

karin replied

Girls you where amazing. 2 sun in the house. I loved it having you both around and you took so good care of the Cathouse and the cats. Yes the cats also did miss you that was clear. I have been so lucky with having both of you here.
Hope one day to see you showing up at the gate.
But i'm very sorry...Bobby he is not available for adoption. Take care and don't change.

Czech Republic


Thank you Karin for this experience. I would recommend this volunteering mainly to animal lovers. Taking care of the cats was not only about feeding and general cleaning, but also petting some cats and trying to remember the names :). Also the town Las Galeras is a great place to stay with many beautiful beaches around (which you will be able to explore after you finish the work in the morning). Not too touristy but a small town.

10 months ago

karin replied

Thank you Denise for all the work you took out of my hands. Me and the cats loved it having you around. You did a great job. And also very important...always a friendly face and a good mood. I'm so lucky with the people comming over making it posible that i can help so many cats.
Hope to see you again.

United Kingdom


This was a great experience! Karin was so welcoming and she has the most amazing cats! The work is simple but can be hard work and time consuming especially in the heat and it can be difficult to da good job as the standards are held high. The accommodation was great in a beautiful quiet part of the Dominican Republic with an amazing beach not far from the property.

3 months ago

karin replied

Thank you Tabitha.
You have been a great help. Lively person and very independent. Sorry that i was to late for the review but know that you have 5 stars for everything.

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