Please visit our calendar and sign up using the form provided at least 2 business days prior to the date you are requesting to volunteer. We can only support 6 volunteers each day with our current staff and resources, so please provide an alternate date that you’d like to volunteer. If you wish to volunteer with a group larger than 6, please contact us directly with at least two weeks’ notice.
Typical volunteer activities include mucking the barn, cleaning the coop, raking, fence maintenance, and pasture cleaning. If we have a building project in the works, we’ll get you involved! Many of the animals will come visit you while you complete your tasks but please remember that some tasks might not include much animal interaction. Volunteering is sometimes physically intensive and happens in any weather.
If you’d rather just hang out with animals, please check out our Visit Us page.
Volunteer hours run from 12:00pm-4:00pm most Sundays.
We respectfully request a minimum commitment of 2 hours, but you can work the whole afternoon if you’d like!
Our volunteer orientation begins promptly at 12:00pm to go over safety rules and assign tasks for the day, so please arrive on time so we can get started. If you miss 12:00pm orientation, you will not be able to volunteer.
If a situation arises where you will be arriving late or need to cancel last minute, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
For safety and liability purposes, all volunteers must be at least 14 years of age, no exceptions. Volunteers who are under 18 will need parent/guardian supervision for the duration of the day.
If you have any special needs or service animals, please contact us directly at email@example.com so we can plan volunteer activities for you ahead of time.
Please note that diseases occur naturally among farm animals. Although the chances of such diseases occurring in a factory farm are greater than they are at a sanctuary with standards as high as ours, it can still happen. And some such diseases can be transmitted from animals to humans. Pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems are at higher risk. Pregnant women should not handle calves, kids (baby goats) or lambs younger than four months old, or mother animals who have given birth in the previous four weeks. Volunteers working directly with animals or in areas where animals live and produce waste should wear gloves and face masks. All visitors and volunteers should practice excellent hygiene after performing such work, by thoroughly washing their hands and scrubbing the bottoms of their shoes with antibacterial agents – especially prior to touching their faces or eating. And ideally, it’s a good idea to change clothes before spending time back in your home after a visit to the refuge.