Animal Shelter in Germany: Cologne-Zollstock


Today I want to introduce the animal shelter I’ve been volunteering at for over a year. The animal shelter Köln-Zollstock.

How can I help?

  • Dog-/ Cat Care: You will mainly clean the shelters and check up on the dogs. You will need a valid tetanus vaccination and a liability insurance.


  • Dog walker:You will need a “Sachkundenachweis” which costs 30 € and is a small test. The walking hours are: Mo.- Fr. 9.30 am – 12.30 am, 2.00 pm – 4.45 pm, Sa. 10.00 am – 12.45 am. Closed on Sundays and holidays.
  • Cat Socializer: Take care of shy cats and make them comfortable around humans.
  • Foster Carer: Fostering is extremely rewarding and a great option if you want to spend time with animals without the permanent commitment.


Any costs?

The program is free, but if you want to walk the dogs you will need a “Sachkundenachweis” which costs 30 €.

What to bring?

Bring something to drink and a snack, the break starts at 11am and there are no shops around the shelter. No matter if it is raining or not bring some rubber boots since you will be cleaning the shelters with a garden hose. I use these ones: Boots

What to expect?

There is an incredible team at the Cologne shelter. I’ve been volunteering here for over a year and it is so much fun! When you are volunteering long term you can really get to know the dogs and sometimes you fall in love. My favourites are the three Shar Peis you see in the video above. I spent 6 month with them and almost cried when they were adopted.

How do I get there?

Via Cologne Train Station: Your stop is called: Pohligstraße and it takes you about 20 Minutes to get there. Please use Google Maps or this site: KVB to plan your trip.

Via Car: Just use Google Maps, you can park directly at the shelter.

Some impressions:


Kölner Tierschutzverein von 1868

Vorgebirgstrasse 76
50969 Cologne
Phone: 0221 / 38 18 58

Opening Hours

Mo – Fr: 2 pm till 5 pm
Sa: 10 am till 1 pm
Closed on Sundays and public holidays.

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