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Volunteer

You will have the unique opportunity to get to know our resident animals and participate in a cause that makes a difference to disabled farm animals!

Our animals are on a very structured routine. This is the reason we need reliable and committed individuals.

  • Being able to commit to one day a week the same day every week is extremely helpful for me, other volunteers, and the animals to know that we can count on that day being covered.

  • Retirees are welcome.

  • For the most part, the sanctuary is run by me - from caring for the babes, social media, website upkeep, and running the nonprofit.  There's only so many hours in the day to wear all these different hats and it can be incredibly exhausting that's why having regular volunteers is so helpful and appreciated. 

  • We are not a large sanctuary that has volunteers in and out throughout the day. We have a dedicated few that help with animal care and other chores. This is the reason that the animals and I depend on you for consistency, commitment, and reliability.

  • The volunteer tasks consist of cleaning our animal residents’ living areas, so there is a lot of poop and hay involved. 

  • Cleaning water bowls/troughs and filling them, discarding soiled bedding and replacing with fresh bedding, helping with bandage changes and the wheelchair goats...etc. Keeping other areas clean and organized. Each task directly contributes to the absolute best quality of care for our residents! Other related tasks may include helping other team members, etc. We need help year-round, rain or shine, so please be prepared!

  • Tasks include walking, bending, and lifting. 

  • Being aware of something that may need to get done and taking the initiative to just do it on your own is a wonderful skill that I sincerely appreciate!

  • We ask that you only apply if you are truly committed and interested in volunteering. It takes a significant amount of time to train new volunteers. Those are precious hours that are taken away caring from our disabled animal residents.

  • As we invest time and energy into your training, we ask that you invest time and energy as well.

  • Please read through our mission to make sure your compassion aligns with ours.

  • Must be able to work as a team and individually.

  • No Smoking anywhere on premises

  • College students are welcome, however: 

  1.   Due to the time spent for training-we request a minimum of 25 hours to be completed.

 

Please understand that the sanctuary is a place for the animals. We are not open to the public for this reason. Their care, comfort and well-being are our top priority. It takes special people with compassionate hearts to care for disabled animals. 

Age Restrictions

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Those that are 15-17 can volunteer on a trial basis. Parents will be required to volunteer alongside their child the first time.

Volunteering Tips

Boots are a must! No sandals/sneakers. Clothing is likely to get dirty, so keep that in mind when deciding what to wear. The majority of work is outside. Dress for the weather! Work gloves are also a great idea if you have them available. We always have water/beverages/snacks available.

Morning Feeder

  • Start time varies with season and days - 7:30am/8:00am until done. Some like to come in early to beat the heat of the Summer.

  • You will be responsible for following a checklist and putting feed together for all animal residents - this includes, but not limited to; supplements, measuring feed out, soaking pellets (where needed), adding medications (as needed), changing/cleaning water buckets. Refilling feed bins when low, gathering designated bowls after feeding and washing storing away.

  • Training Required. Training Shifts are hands-on shifts where new volunteers learn safety protocols, policies and procedures, and are shown animal care procedures by an experienced volunteer. 

Shelter Help

You will be responsible for assisting to help get our disabled goats into their wheelchairs. Typical volunteer activities include following & completing checklists in all areas this includes but not limited to; cleaning animal shelters, raking, and pasture cleaning. Lifting & walking is involved. Other duties may include, adding animal bedding, cleaning/refilling water buckets, cleaning/organizing areas, stocking hay, etc. You will have a lot of animal interaction while completing your tasks! Must be able to work as a team and as an individual. 

  • Start 9:00am - until done.

  • Training Required. Training Shifts are hands-on shifts where new volunteers learn safety protocols, policies and procedures, and are shown animal care procedures by an experienced volunteer. 

Night Shift - N/A

 You will be responsible for the night feeding of the residents. Setting up enclosures for the evening. Topping off/changing water buckets. Setting up for areas for the morning. Getting stalls/beds ready for the evening, and locking all animals up for the night. There may be lifting/bending involved. This position depends on the light of the day and may take longer or shorter to complete. 

  • Hours change with the season and daylight.

  • Start 7:00pm - until done

  • Training required. Training Shifts are hands-on shifts where new volunteers learn safety protocols, policies and procedures, and are shown animal care procedures by an experienced volunteer. 

Handyman/Helper

The warmer weather brings a myriad of things to do. This is a great opportunity for the retiree or someone that loves being outdoors with the animals. They will always come up to see you to make sure that you don't need any help. A variety of odd jobs. A few include but not limited to - Clean out the pump for our little pond, cut back the shrubbery before it grows through the aviary netting, help putting shade cloths up or taking down, keep the little branch free of debris that falls through the netting, occasionally mow some of the animal areas, put a lock on a gate, etc...

Some experience would be helpful. Once a week for a few hours.

Goat Nanny

This position is a trial basis. These are some of our most disabled goats. The house babies that have received 24/7 care since they came here. Their comfort and well-being is #1 priority. So, you must be aware at all times and be able to multitask. You will get training for everything.  Tasks will include, but not limited to: Fresh/clean water is to be offered to all goats several times a day. Hay must be available and easily accessible to all goats during the day - Clean up discarded hay at the end. Repositioning or moving - the disabled goats that are in the sun and cannot get out by themselves (they can overheat). Check leg straps on wheelchairs. Must be able to lift and bend. You will be tending to disabled goats, some are in wheelchairs. If they fall over, get entangled, start slipping out, get stuck on a lump of grass out you must be able to immediately correct this. You must be observant at all times - playful headbutting can turn into another goat getting injured. You need fast reflexes if any of the above should happen. Be extremely watchful of Rea being too vocal -she is paralyzed in her hind end and her rectum at times may slightly prolapses - this situation needs to be addressed.  If things like this or changing bandages grosses you out---then this position is not for you. Your main objective while you are here is the safety and comfort for these disabled babies. Additionally, brushing, lap time, and snuggles are required for these babies.

  • The shifts are 3+ hours. Dependent on the weather. Training Required

  • 11:00am

  • 12:00pm

If you are interested in volunteering. Please click the below link to fill out the form.

        

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