Animal Shelter Las Galeras, Dominican Republic

4 reviews4

Taking care of the cats and keeping the place super clean.

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Connect with nature
3 travelers recommend this experience for reconnecting with nature
Connect with international travelers
3 travelers recommend this host to meet travelers from all around the world
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.
Social Work
Help with volunteer work in local projects and communities.
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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.
Team Dorm
You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other people.
You will sleep in a tent at a camping site.
Discounts on Tours
Get discounts for tours and excursions around town.
Free Hiking Tours
We’ll take you on excursions and hikes around town. For free!
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4 weeks

The Experience

A sanctuary builded for cats with at the moment 25 cats living in that building with acces to the outside area. In the cathouse is a little kitchen, bathroom and washingmachien. The cathouse is on a property with 2 other houses and horses around on the land.

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  • Intermediate English or Beginner Spanish
  • Between 20 and 65 years old
  • Accepts solo applications and also couples and pairs

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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Hours & Tasks


Animal Shelter


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How this experience will transform you

  • 3 Get in touch with nature
  • 3 Meeting international travelers
  • 2 Practicing Spanish
  • 1 Practicing English
  • 1 Developing environmental awareness
  • 1 Immersing in the local culture

This host contributes to Sustainable Development Goals

  • 1 6. Clean water and sanitation
  • 1 15. Life on land

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.

5 months ago

United Kingdom


Daily tasks (about 7 - 10:30): sweeping & mopping the cathouse, cleaning the bowls and emptying & cleaning litter trays. The work isn't difficult but you need to take your time and do it thoroughly. Accommodation: * Basic small 3 bed shared dorm in hostel with fan (can be quite hot) * Interesting visitors: spiders, cockroaches, centipedes *15 min walk to a beautiful beach, 50 min walk to small town/closest shop. I would recommend to anyone who is a thorough cleaner & loves cats but also someone who doesn't mind insects & is happy living a quiet lifestyle away from the town/activity

2 months ago

karin replied

Charlotte i agree about the dorm room but how many times i offered you to go in to a private room...and you didn't want so don't complain about the room as it was your own choise to stay there😉
But were one of the best volunteers i ever had what made it so mutch easier for me. Now it's me who is sweating, mopping and cleaning bowls (don't talk about colecting poop) every morning. Thanks a lot Charlotte i realy appreciate all the work you have done for the cats. Because it is not for me that i want people doing this it is for helping cats. Take care.

United States


My time at La Hacienda was peaceful and tranquil. While the work is minimal and Karin is a lovely woman, she can be rather particular about how it's done. So just be sure to ask her to explain everything in great detail. the shelter is nearby many local beaches and hiking trails, so if you finish with the cats early you can spend the rest of your day by the beach! Overall a welcome change of pace for which I'm thankful.

9 months ago



La experiencia con Karin ha sido literalmente espectacular! Ella es una persona muy amable y gentil y hace una magnifica labor con los gatitos :-) Su casa es muy acogedora y se encuentra en un lugar muy lindo y relajante. Aconsejamos a todo el mundo de venir a ayudarle, el trabajo es ameno y los gatitos son la cosa más linda del mundo. Karin es muy paciente y siempre nos ha explicado todo con amabilidad y paciencia. Seguramente volveremos a su maravilloso refugio! Gracias por todo Karin, ha sido un enorme placer encontrarte y nos vemos pronto! Valentina y Sonia

over 1 year ago

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