Rescue abused and abandoned dogs and cats

Project name:

Animal Aware

Project purpose:

To rescue abandoned, injured, abused and mistreated dogs and cats (among other animals). To provide shelter, medical veterinary assistance, rehabilitation, spade, neuter, promote adoptions. Educational programs and fund raising events to support the project.

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

  • animal rehabilitation

  • teaching

  • rescuing animals in need under the "no kill policy"

Weekly cost (approx USD):





Central America

1 Ratings


Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • field research skills

  • gain a qualification and/or credit

  • practice for veterinarian students

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • development goals (supporting local community)

  • ethical rehabilitation centre/practices

  • publishes work


When does the project run?


accommodation included, cooking facilities, electricity, refillable drinking water, hot shower, western toilet, wifi. It is pretty basic facility located within the property and therfore is safe. Allows the volunteer to be on site, taking care of the required tasks.

How long can I stay?


  • Genuine good will to help out

  • be fluent in Spanish.

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

Feed the animals, walk the dogs in groups, clean the cages and the lots, assist the vets with the esterilization cirguries and other type of medical proceedures, socialize with the animals, bring people to the shelter, tour people inside the shelter, promote the adoptions, participate organizing fund raising events, writing articles and the shelter´s letters, educational activities with the communities nearby.

Reviews & ratings



Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday



It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of

Wild Sun Rescue is an animal rehabilitation center located in the remote and scenic fishing village of Cabuya, Costa Rica. The long-term (12 week) volunteer experience involved getting to do hands-on work with all of the animals that are housed at the center, including howler monkeys, capuchins, opossums, squirrels and raptors. The daily duties included diet prep (mostly chopping and cooking fruits and veggies), enclosure cleaning, facility maintenance (repairing enclosures, building new enclosures and enrichment), and animal handling and medical treatment. It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of--nowhere else in the world would I be able to work with all of these amazing animals, in such a unique and beautiful location. As a wildlife biology intern, I also had the opportunity to create my own research project at the center, supervised and assisted by the internship coordinator.

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