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our story

Voluntarios Itinerantes was founded to improve the quality of life of shelter animals. Most of these shelters do not have financial means or sufficient personnel to fulfill their duties. We try to fill that gap with monetary donations, advising, and most of all, volunteers. Our objective is for shelter dogs and cats to live in the best conditions possible which will increase their changes of being adopted.

since 2016

Voluntarios Itinerantes was founded in 2016, but the founding members already had many years of experience volunteering with animals. That’s why we know what shelters need and how we can help. Currently, we collaborate with shelters near Barcelona, and in the future, we hope to go even further. To learn more, see the “Shelters” page.

Our mission

The founders of the association met at one of the shelters with the highest number of volunteers in Catalonia. There was a great number of people who wanted to help, hundreds who signed up each year to become volunteers but did not fulfill their commitment in the long term. The number of volunteers began to decline, and a great deal of human capital was lost. This made us ask ourselves whether one’s motivation for the cause itself should be stronger than the link to the shelter where we are helping. For us, the answer was clear. Where we help is not as important as what we do to help. That’s why we created this association, a space where motivated people can coordinate and act according to their skills and availability. In the “Documents” section you can find our statutes and volunteer plan.

qué hacemos

«Vamos y ayudamos» es nuestro lema, y eso es exactamente lo que hacemos. En todos los refugios las necesidades son similares, pero las prioridades, no. En unos nos necesitan para pasear a los perros y facilitar su sociabilización; en otros prefieren que limpiemos y ordenemos a fondo las instalaciones; los hay que recurren a nosotros porque necesitan medicinas o alimentos, y no es raro que nos llamen para construir vallados o crear espacios en los que los animales puedan vivir mejor.

qué hacen los voluntarios

Las funciones de los voluntarios son múltiples y difíciles de clasificar, ya que la lista sería inmensa. Un ejemplo de las actividades que realizamos en los refugios son: paseos, limpieza, mimos, sociabilización de animales, construcción de recintos y/o casetas para los peludos, excursiones, captación de fondos y un largo etcétera. Para saber más, lee el apartado colabora.

cÓmo nos financiamos

Voluntarios Itinerantes se financia con las cuotas de sus socios y los donativos que obtenemos en las actividades que realizamos: conciertos, ferias, venta de calendarios, etc. No contamos con ayudas públicas de ningún tipo ni dependemos de instituciones o empresas. Nuestra gestión es transparente y los socios pueden saber en todo momento en qué se invierte el dinero recaudado.


Junta directiva

Jaime Mateu


I work as an intercultural mediator with the Chinese community. I am passionate about teamwork and proud to say that I learn a little more every day from the people around me. I am the captain of this ship, but it would be unfair and untrue to say that the idea came solely from me. Voluntarios Itinerantes was already there, but we didn’t know how to give it a name. Now, it doesn’t just have a name, it has a structure and a clear purpose to achieve our goals with maximum transparency and while always learning a little more.

Jordi Pastor


I’m a lover of animals. I collaborate with different associations and, at Voluntarios Itinerantes, I manage the commercial side as well as fundraising at companies. I have worked in sales departments and managed sales teams at companies like Benckiser-Camp, Johnson & Johnson, Agroalimen and L’Oréal. In 2014 I founded Kinetic Films production company in order to work in a sector that has always been my passion.

Marta Morera


I’m the head of Administration and Finance at a German multinational, but I also completed my certification as a veterinary technician in order to broaden my knowledge about my true passion: the care and well-being of animals. In addition to fulfilling my role as the association’s treasurer, I also actively participate in the tasks we carry out at all the shelters where we collaborate.

Francesc Ribes


I’m a journalist, editor, and translator. I collaborate with publishing houses such as Planeta, Anaya, Random House Mondadori, among others. I’m been involved in animal welfare since I adopted my first dog. At Voluntarios Itinerantes, I participate in all communication tasks as well as editing any content or documents created by the association.

We thank Terranea for their collaboration these years.