About Volunteering

Safe Harbor Equine and Livestock Sanctuary would not exist without the time and love of many dedicated volunteers who devote time weekly to the animals in our care, as well as to our outreach programs and open houses for children.  We have an amazing and growing team, and we welcome you to learn more about it, and hope you may want to join our cause!

So, you may be wondering–what does a volunteer with Safe Harbor do?  Well there are absolutely a million and one options!  Some things require you to be on your feet, some can be done from the computer, and there are things in between, too! If you are interested in volunteering HANDS – ON with the horses, chances are we have a foster farm near you.

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Paige reads to foster horse Ulysses during a Children’s Event


Taking on a dedicated role with Safe Harbor is fun and rewarding.  It doesn’t pay in dollars–we’re an all volunteer organization, but the payment in knowing you are making a difference, following your passion and saving lives is priceless.

To start volunteering we ask that you be ready to commit.  A Safe Harbor Volunteer Should:

  • Be 14 years old or older (youth under the age of 18 will need their parent or legal guardian to sign a permission slip and liability waiver).
  • Be willing to commit to a minimum of 1 shift 2 hours in length once per week
  • A commitment to volunteer for at least 6 months.
  • Be willing to read our volunteer handbook, sign an acknowledgment to agree to our policies, and sign a liability waiver
  • Must NOT have a history of animal or child abuse or neglect

What can you expect?  When you apply to volunteer your application will be reviewed and you will be responded to in email or by phone by the appropriate shift leader.  During this phone call the shift leader will sign you up for a small group orientation at one of our many foster farms.

During orientation you will purchase a volunteer shirt ($10 cost) that you can wear during your volunteer shifts and to events.  You are welcome to purchase more than one shirt, but we do ask all volunteers to have one shirt so they can be identified as a volunteer when we hold events.  You will also sign up for your schedule for your six month volunteer commitment.  Most volunteers stay with Safe Harbor for far longer than six months.  We ask for the six month commitment as our shift leaders are all volunteers and it helps to balance everyone’s time and energy in regard to training.

We break our volunteer groups in to the following categories, but have more specific roles that you’ll learn about in orientation in each category.

Trainer/Exercise Rider
Horse and Barn Care
Website and Administration
Donor Relations
Online Gift Shop
Fundraising and Events
Some of these roles are hands on with the horses, some are not.  We find our greatest area of volunteer engagement is in horse and barn care, but there are so many ways to be involved that there are sure to be opportunities that are a match for you.

Ready to get started???  Apply to volunteer today!