Peru Dog Rescue

Volunteer with Dogs and help care for abandoned and injured dogs at the Peru Dog Rescue Shelter!

Do you love dogs? Want to give back and make a difference? Why not volunteer with Dogs in the amazing city of Cusco.

1 to 12 weeks from £375 / US$450

Volunteer at the Peru dog rescue shelter to help care for rescued, abused and abandoned dogs. Work in the magnificent ancient capital of the Incas and visit the incredible Machu Picchu!

Peru Dog Rescue Shelter Project Overview

Experience the rich Peruvian culture while volunteering in the incredible city of Cusco. Volunteer with dogs alongside the dedicated team at the city's most welcoming dog shelter. Help care for rescued, abused and abandoned dogs.

Assist staff at the dog shelter to provide the dogs a happy and enjoyable life. Live and work in the breathtaking scenery of the Andes mountains for a life changing experience!

This programme provides an unforgettable experience for volunteers who wish to help rescued dogs.

You will have the opportunity to learn a new language and visit the amazing sites that Cusco has to offer including the incredible Machu Picchu. Join us at one of our most popular volunteer programmes at the Peru Dog Rescue Shelter!

Summary of the Peru Dog Rescue Shelter

The Dog Shelter: Stray dogs are commonplace in Peru and this wonderful project provides a humane and long term solution to this ongoing problem. The main objective of the Peru Dog Rescue Shelter is to nurture the dogs back to health through receiving veterinary treatment at the hands of partner veterinarians, as well as loving care from veterinary students and volunteers. Whenever possible the animals from the dog shelter are re-homed with loving families.

Project Location: The dog shelter is located in the UNESCO world heritage-listed city of Cusco; in Peru’s breath-taking Andes Mountains. The city is home to countless museums, restaurants, Inca ruins and fabulous Spanish colonial architecture.

Main Volunteer Activities: Volunteers work with our local Peruvian staff assisting them feed and prepare food for the dogs. Additionally volunteers assist with keeping the centre clean, walking, playing with and socialising the dogs. Volunteers can also get involved with sterilisation, de-worming and animal welfare campaigns that may be taking place during your stay.

Hours: Volunteers work  4-5 hours per day at the dog shelter with with weekends free. Volunteers normally start at 8.30am and finish around 12.30pm/1pm, although exact times can vary.

Duration: Volunteer placements are year-round and from 1 to 12 weeks.

Volunteer Accommodation: Choose from a private ensuite room in a 2* Hotel, shared dorm in a hostel, or private room in a family homestay.

Requirements to volunteer at the Dog Shelter: The minimum age for volunteers is 18. Project volunteers need a passion for animal welfare.

The Peru Dog Rescue Shelter History

This fantastic project began more than 20 years ago on order to promote the humane treatment of street dogs in Cusco through their rescue, rehabilitation, sterilisation and eventual adoption into caring and loving homes. The founders of the dog shelter still run the project today which can house up to 100 dogs at a time.

All of the dogs at the shelter are routinely vaccinated aginst rabies, distemper, parvovirus, coronavirus, hepatitis and leptospirosis. They are also de-wormed and de-flead approximately every 45 days. In addition dogs are neutered when funding is available to help control the population of unwanted dogs.

How the Peru Dog Rescue Shelter is helping
Most of the dogs residing at the shelter suffered abuse by their owner, or were living on the streets and had serious injuries from being run over, getting into fights with other dogs, or suffering beatings by market stall owners, as well as being malnourished and having a general mistrust of humans.
The main objective of the Peru Dog Rescue Shelter is to nurture the dogs back to health through receiving veterinary treatment from partner veterinarians. Also loving care from veterinary students and volunteers. Whenever possible the animals from the dog shelter are re-homed with loving families.
Why the Dog Shelter need volunteers

Any visitor to Cusco will tell you that there are a lot of stray dogs on the streets 24/7. Some cities have even resorted to culling dogs in order to deal with the problem. However, in Cusco the work of this wonderful dog shelter keeps such drastic solutions at bay. Without funding from the government, the Peru dog rescue shelter relies on volunteer support, private donations and grants in order to carry out their important work. The help of volunteers makes the dog shelter's work easier and helps funds to go that bit further.

In addition, the aim of the Peru Dog Rescue Shelter is to be as self sufficient as possible, by using recycled materials, the manufacturing of marketable goods (crafts, pet accessories, etc) that will generate an income to help defray the costs of caring for and feeding the dogs in the shelter.

Learn more about the Peru Dog Rescue Shelter

Globalteer has been working in Peru since 2007. We have a wealth of experience in this amazing country. If you want to Volunteer with Dogs, then come and join our amazing team in Cusco.

You can read all about dog welfare in Cusco in our article about Cusco’s Canine Conundrum.

Read stories about the Rescued Dogs in Peru or a wonderful story about a Dog Adoption.

Learn about what it was like for volunteers when they visited Cusco during Inti Raymi; the biggest festival of the year.

Get to know when is the Best Time to go to Peru and experience it's wonderful and ancient culture.

Read more posts about the Peru Volunteer Programme.

Typical Volunteer Duties at the Dog Shelter

Volunteers work for 4-5 hours per day at the dog shelter, Monday to Friday with weekends free for relaxing or sightseeing. Volunteers normally start at 8.30am and finish around 12.30pm/1pm, although exact timetables can vary. Volunteer roles vary depending upon the needs of the dog shelter and your relevant skills and abilities.

Tasks when you volunteer at the Dog Shelter

Your main duties as a dog volunteer may include some or all of the following:

  • Feeding and preparing food for the dogs.
  • Cleaning the centre.
  • Basic medical care.
  • Walking the dogs.
  • Playing with the dogs.
  • Socialisation of the dogs.

Other work that volunteers at the dog rescue shelter may assist with includes:

  • Support during sterilisation and deworming campaigns.
  • Vaccination and educational campaigns in the surrounding communities.
  • General maintenance of the centre.
  • Fundraising campaigns.
  • Manufacturing of marketable goods (crafts, pet accessories, etc).
Volunteer Reviews from the Peru Dog Rescue Shelter

Why not read about previous volunteer experiences to get to know more about what you will doing when you volunteer with dogs in Peru?

Volunteer Spotlight: Hannah

Volunteer Spotlight: Theo

More Volunteer Reviews

Accommodation when your Volunteer in Peru with Globalteer

Volunteers at the Cusco Projects can choose from a range of accommodation options including our very own Volunteer House, a hostel dorm, private room in a hotel, and a family homestay. All accommodation has been carefully selected by us to offer the best value for all our volunteers regardless of budget. So if you are looking for somewhere quiet to lay your head at the end of a busy day, somewhere lively where you can socialise with other travellers or a family home where you can brush up your Spanish, we have what you are looking for. All of our accommodations are clean, comfortable and safe and well located for transport to the project as well as all the attractions that Cusco has to offer. When you volunteer in Peru you can choose one of these great accommodation options:

Globalteer's Volunteer House

Globalteer's Volunteer House in Cusco

A popular option for volunteers wanting to share their experience in Cusco with like minded people from around the world is the volunteer house. Globalteer's own volunteer house is located in a safe neighbourhood with easy access to all the projects, our offices and the historical centre of Cusco.

The volunteers stay in shared rooms and have access to a large kitchen where you can cook the food provided as part of this accommodation.

With social areas as well as covered sun patios, the volunteer house is a great option for volunteers wanting to share their time in Peru with fellow volunteers.

Hostel - Shared Dormitory
Volunteer accommodation in Cusco

For volunteers who are looking to meet lots of fellow travellers and have easy access to the great social life that Cusco has to offer, there is probably no better option than a shared dorm in one of Cusco's best hostels.

The hostel that Globalteer has teamed up with is very central, but in a peaceful location near one of Cusco' s most beautiful smaller squares. The hostel is just two blocks from Cusco's world famous Plaza de Armas.

As well as comfortable beds in shared dorm with all your bed linens, the hostel offers 24 hour hot water, towel rental and lockers (bring your own padlock). There are a bar and restaurant on site, pool table, satellite TV, free Wi-fi zones and computers with high speed internet. Continental breakfast is also included.

Hotel - private ensuite room

Volunteer Accommodation Cusco

Volunteers can also stay in a comfortable close to the city centre hotel. The hotel is well situated about a 10 minute walk from the main square of Cusco and just a few minutes walk from San Blas Plaza and market.

All rooms are single occupancy or can be shared if volunteers are travelling together. The rooms are simple but clean and comfortable, each with a private bathroom. The facilities include hot water, free basic breakfast and Wi-Fi.

Family Homestay

If you choose to stay at a homestay, you will live with and be part of a Peruvian family. The homestays are in safe areas with middle class families that are screened by Globalteer. Your room will be private with a shared bathroom. This is a wonderful experience to immerse yourself in Peruvian culture and a great way to practice your Spanish skills. Volunteers eat with the family when not volunteering at the project.

Upgrade accommodation
Volunteer accommodation in Cusco, Peru

Upgrade volunteer accommodation is available in a hotel located in the centre of historical Cusco and around a 10 minute walk to the Globalteer office. These rooms offer a higher standard of comfort and more facilities for volunteers who don’t mind paying a little bit extra!

Free Time in Cusco and Peru

Whether you plan your entire trip in advance or decide to wait until you get to Peru, our team in Cusco are all very well travelled and can offer advice and help in planning the perfect itinerary for your weekends or for travel before or after your placement. Combine your volunteer opportunities with many of the wonders Peru has to offer!

Getting around

Peru's biggest international airport is located in it's capital city, Lima. This airport is a popular choice for people flying into Peru as from there you can choose to travel onwards by road or plane. Cusco also has an airport so this is an ideal option if you are intending to head straight to your placement. If you have more time and are planning to travel before or after your volunteering, the Peru Hop bus is a popular option chosen by many tourists and Globalteer volunteers! This bus has several options and allows you to travel between Lima and Cusco in a minimum of 3 days.

Peru map

Peru has so much wonderful food on offer, with so many restaurants to choose from in Cusco! Famous Peruvian dishes include Ceviche (seafood), Lomo Saltado (pork in a delicious sweet sauce with vegetables) and also Chifa (a range of dishes inspired by a Chinese and Peruvian fusion). However, you can also eat lots of other tasty food in Cusco from around the world including Japanese, American, Italian and also a range of vegetarian & vegan options. There are also options to try food from stalls and markets, but these aren't always good for a western stomach so be careful!

Food in Cusco

There are so many sights around Cusco and in the rest of Peru. If you can, try and allow yourself some time to travel before or after your placement because Peru has a lot to offer, including the famous Incan citadel - Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu
Free time at Machu Picchu

Surely the number one reason that many visitors come to Peru is to visit the incomparable wonder of the Inca Empire; Machu Picchu. Whatever you read and no matter how many photos you have seen, nothing can quite prepare you for the first time you see the Inca citadel rising high above a bend in the river.

Machu Picchu is easily accessible from Cusco. You can go there by luxury train, trek the amazing Inca Trail high in the Andes or take any other number of routes all ending with lost city itself. Built, but never completed by the Incas around 1450 the Inca capital was only re-discovered in 1911. The breath-taking lost city of the Incas is now discovered by hundreds of enthralled visitors every day.

The Sacred Valley
Sacred Valley

The Sacred Valley of the Incas is a must-see on anyone’s Peru itinerary. Barely half an hour’s drive from Cusco and you will find a magical, steep-sided valley where fresh mountain rivers and streams tumble between ancient mountains and majestic glaciers.

The Sacred Valley’s centuries-old towns and villages are home to remarkably preserved Inca fortsand citadels. Markets with traditional textiles and souvenirs draw visitors to lovely towns like Pisac, Chinchero and Ollantaytambo. The amazing salt terraces and pre-Inca agricultural terraces at Maras are also an easy day trip from Cusco.

The Amazon
Free time in the Amazon

For a truly unique experience, you can also visit the Amazon Rainforest. The small rainforest city of Puerto Maldonado in the amazing Madre de Dios Region of the southern Amazon basin is only 10 hours from Cusco by bus and under an hour by air.

Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca

For long weekends or those travelling before or after their placement with us, Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world is under 5 hours from Cusco by car or 7-8 hours by bus. Here you can take a cruise on the lake, visit the famous floating Uros Islands or do a spot of star gazing in one of the least light-polluted skies on the planet.

Free time in Lima

You are almost certain to travel through Lima on your way to Cusco. Peru’s capital is worth a stop before or after your placement with us. There is excellent shopping in the ocean-side district of Miraflores, wonderful galleries and museums in trendy Barranco, some truly impressive Spanish colonial buildings in the historic centre and amazing restaurants throughout the city.


Less than a day’s drive from Cusco, the city of Arequipa is Peru’s second largest city. It is known as the white city due to the colour of the historic buildings constructed using local white stone called sillar. Like Cusco, Arequipa is located in the Andes mountains bit at a lower altitude so enjoys almost year-round warm and sunny weather. The city is overlooked by the magnificent dormant volcano, El Misti.

Arequipa is also the staging post for trips to the Famous Colca Canyon.

Free time in Cusco

Cusco is a beautiful city that has something for everyone; from Inca ruins and splendid Spanish colonial architecture to elegant squares and outstanding mountain scenery. The historic city centre is a lively hub of cafes, restaurants and bars with dozens of boutiques and markets, such as the thriving San Pedro Market. Many shops offer an astonishing range of unique locally made goods to take home as souvenirs of your trip to Peru. There are museums, galleries, churches and monasteries to visit and every Sunday sees a magnificent civil parade in the City’s stunning main square, the Plaza de Armas.

Cusco’s Indian and Catholic traditions are frequently celebrated with street parades, live music and food stalls springing up across the city at any excuse. There are also some wonderful walks and hikes in and around the city centre. You can stroll amongst whitewashed houses and along the cobbled lanes in the Bohemian quarter of San Blas. Maybe climb high above the city to the Inca fortress at Sacsayhuaman and take in the unrivalled views of the city and the surrounding Andes.

Cusco has a rich culture as the ancient capital of the Incas. From many museums, incredible Inca and Spanish architecture, religious festivals to the biggest festival of the year, Inti Raymi. For more detail on events in Cusco, you can read our blog on the Best Time to go to Peru;  you could be there for the Chocolatada in December or the amazing Inti Raymi Festival in June.

What’s Included

√  In-country support from Globalteer staff in Cusco.
√  Peru orientation guide and induction on arrival.
√  Free Cusco town tour.
√  All necessary project equipment and materials.
√  All necessary project training by experienced staff.
√  Globalteer tote bag and welcome pack.
√  Project donation.
√  Daily local bus transport to and from your project.

With the Accommodation Packages
√   Free airport pick up from Cusco international airport.
√   Accommodation in the Volunteer House, a hostel or hotel, or a family homestay. The Volunteer House and Homestay include food.

Upgrade your package!

As a UK charity, Globalteer only works with ethical and responsible partners. These value add-ons are part of our social enterprise efforts to support our projects and charitable objectives.

Tailor-made Spanish classes suitable for beginners or people with advanced language skills. Globalteer can also organise your trip to Machu Picchu or other tours in Peru. Please let us know your requirements.

Volunteers can also choose to upgrade their accomodation to a hotel which includes more facilities and larger rooms. Accommodations are carefully selected by our team in Peru for their great locations, suitability for volunteers and value for money. 

Family and Group pricing

We can arrange family and group volunteering at our projects in Cusco. If you are interested in this then please contact us and we can tailor the placement to your requirements! 

Financial Transparency

As a UK registered Charity, Globalteer is completely financially transparent to you, our donors. You can therefore see a full breakdown of where your money goes and our independently audited accounts by clicking below:

Where Your Money Goes

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About Globalteer

Why do we charge a fee for volunteering?

Globalteer requests a donation from volunteers to allow us to achieve our charitable objectives and support our partner programmes. In return, Globalteer provides volunteers with an amazing, responsible and ethical volunteer experience and in-country support from the Globalteer team in Cambodia. Ensuring that your placement is responsible as well as rewarding, safe and enjoyable takes a good deal of work.

A summary of Globalteer’s total expenditure for the last financial year is shown below:

Donations and Grants 60% – This includes a share of volunteer placement fees, grants we have secured for our projects and donations managed by Globalteer that are made by individuals and groups to our projects and partner projects.

Support Costs 29% – This includes volunteer accommodation, volunteer transport, support staff costs, travel costs and some volunteer meals.

Operational Costs 11% – Costs of running Globalteer.

Pie chart on fees tab
What’s not included
  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Vaccinations and inoculations
  • Onward travel after your placement
  • Police or background check (where necessary)
What do everyday items cost?

The official currency of Peru is the Nuevo Sol, and there are approximately 4.20 Soles to the pound and 3.20 Soles to the US dollar. The cost of living in Peru is low compared to most countries in the developed world. The costs of some typical items are:

  • Bus ride up to half an hour - 1 Sol
  • Taxi journey up to 10 minutes - 4 Soles
  • Meal in a market -  6 Soles
  • Bottle of soft drink - 1.5 Soles
  • Coffee - 5 Soles
  • Meal in a restaurant - 10Soles to 40 Soles

Quick Summary of the Peru Dog Rescue