Becoming a Rescue Ranch volunteer is a great way to support us. We rely on volunteers to help us save lives, and we deeply appreciate their contribution.
Rescue Ranch needs volunteers, now more than ever. COVID caused a significant drop in volunteer numbers and, unfortunately, these have only marginally improved over the past year. Now, with the holiday season upon us and winter rolling in, we’re facing a real shortage.
There are so many different ways for people to donate their time, we thought it would be fun to explore some of them in this article. Remember, volunteers can do what they know or take the opportunity to learn something new. Usually it’s a bit of both.
A typical day at Rescue Ranch
Our daily routine starts around 7:30 a.m. First, the dogs get breakfast, which usually consists of kibble topped with crock-potted roast prepared the night before. Then, they go to their outside yards. Once the dogs are gone, staff and volunteers spend the morning cleaning and sanitizing kennels, doing laundry and washing dishes.
A little later, volunteers can help by spending time with the dogs, playing, working on basic training, and going for walks. Playgroups help dogs get the exercise and mental stimulation they need to be healthy. Volunteers also assist with maintenance, data entry, reception, phones and administrative tasks.
From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., experienced volunteers might help by showing dogs to visitors, giving tours, and speaking with potential adopters.
In the afternoon, the dogs come back inside. They settle in, eat dinner and receive toys for the night. In the summer, they might even get a frozen Kong or pupcicle as a cool treat!
Other ways to volunteer
Video and photography: you can promote dogs, make training videos, or work with Communications to create social media posts, cover events and engage in special projects.
Fostering: nearly half our dogs live with foster families. Puppies, seniors, special-needs dogs, pregnant moms, there are many options to chose from.
Special outings: If you can’t adopt right now, you might want get to know a particular dog. You can visit regularly and you might eventually even go out for hikes or puppuccinos.
Crisis Support: We always need extra help when there’s an emergency. Last summer’s Lava Fire is the perfect example.
Driving: Do you like to drive? Maybe you can help with vet runs and rescue transport.
There are so many opportunities to choose from! You’re sure to find something that aligns with your interests and schedule.
To learn more, visit our Volunteer page. We also encourage you to come to the ranch during visiting hours to get to know us. We’re open seven days a week from 12 p.m. to 4 p. m.