Volunteers get to work hands on with the animals to make their stay comfortable. Volunteers role in the projects is to support and work with the local staff among many things at the center. Volunteers can collect food in the surroundings, if possible do some reforestation as this will be food for the animals, clean cages, give water and food to animals, repair and build cages, make and repair toys in the cages, show visitors around in the center and inform them about what happens with the animals, clean and repair the paths and infrastructure in general, assist the veterinarian that comes from time to time etc. As the center has to find their own financial support they also work as a Zoo for visitors that by paying entrance will support the work while they can learn about the problems animals face with humans and how they end up in centers like this.
The project is located in Ibarra which is located about 2.5 hours away from Quito to the north. On an altitude of about 2,200 meters or 7,200 feet, Ibarra was first founded in 1606 but after getting destroyed in an earthquake in 1868 it was re-founded in 1872 and is therefore the youngest city in Ecuador.
Ibarra is also known as the White City after its many colonial white houses.