The short answer is caring for and cleaning up after our animals. Brief descriptions of core volunteer tasks in each animal care area are below:
Barn – Mucking stalls, cleaning our coop and pig barn, feeding poultry and waterfowl, picking paddocks, putting out hay for horses, general barn cleaning and maintenance, and providing socialization and enrichment for staff-approved animals. This is a very physical volunteer role, and you will be outside year-round in all weather except lightning. Our barn and outbuildings have neither heat nor AC. You should be able to lift at least 40 pounds and be able to navigate uneven terrain.
Cat – Replacing soiled litter and bedding, feeding and watering, washing floors, assisting with laundry and dishes, and providing socialization and enrichment to cats. Later on in your volunteering career, you may also be able to assist with introducing cats to potential adopters.
Dog – Cleaning kennels, feeding and watering, cutting up hot dogs and cheese for treats, providing enrichment such as food puzzles, assisting with laundry and dishes, and walking dogs. Notice how walking dogs was listed last? Through intake and behavior evaluations, our dogs are leveled 1-4, or Staff Only. When you begin as a volunteer, you start at level 1. Through time and training, you can advance through the levels. We have fewer dogs at Level 1 and Level 2. That means the majority of your volunteer time is often not spent walking dogs. It’s worth it to put your time in and stick with us, because we really need volunteers to stay on and reach Level 3 and Level 4! Dog volunteers must be able to be outside year-round in all weather, except lightning.
Small Animal – Changing soiled bedding, feeding and watering, socializing our tiniest guests, and assisting with dishes and laundry. If you like variety, this is the place for you! Individuals with severe nut allergies should take care in this area, as food for exotic birds can contain nuts. If a nut allergy is of concern, it is possible to volunteer in this area and not care for the birds.