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Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary

Philosophy of Volunteer Engagement

Volunteers at Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary are essential to our success and sustainability as a non-profit community resource. Our volunteers are more than helpers and assistants, they are the essential supportive force that allows us to continue to provide the animals with the best care possible . We appreciate their talents, skills, energy and passion as they help us achieve our mission to rescue, rehabilitate farm animals and to educate and inspire the public about their care and welfare. Our volunteers are our partners, allowing us to achieve a level of service that would otherwise not be possible.

It is our goal to help our volunteers feel engaged, by providing a meaningful , satisfying and fun experience with recognition, opportunities for social engagements and personal growth.

Program Volunteers

* No experience is necessary, we will train you

* Ages 14+, children under 14 years can participate with an adult family member

*Orientation and training provided

* Positive and can-do attitude is essential

* Ability to communicate in English is important

Program volunteers are essential and crucial to the programs success. Program volunteers commit to a weekly or bi-monthly volunteer time-providing consistency of care for the animals and organization. Two-hour volunteer shifts are available 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Saturday. We ask new volunteers for a six-month commitment.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

It takes many different talents and skills to help BDFS continue to care for the animals and organization at a exceptional level. Below are a few additional ways you can get involved:

Barn Team:

Help with animal daily turn outs and feeding needs, along with the maintenance and upkeep of their stalls and or paddocks.


Maintain the facilities and grounds.

Gardening & Horticulture:

Maintain and care for farm flowerbeds and garden area.


Join a planning committee, help procure items, set-up or assist on site- no matter what you choose, its a fun way to volunteer!

Administrative Team:

Filing, data entry, re-organization projects & more!


An excellent opportunity to help the community, while building team camaraderie. Open to companies, faith-based centers, alumni groups and more!

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About Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary


12020 123rd Ave SE, Rainier, WA 98576, US

Mission Statement

Our goal is to rescue, rehabilitate farm animals and to educate and inspire the public about their care and welfare. We provide a lifelong sanctuary for our adopted animals with veterinary care, proper feeding, environment enrichment and love. At the same time giving people who might not have had contact with farm animals a hand on experience. We offer learning programs for children and teens, helping them to connect and build emotional and mental well-being through the human- animal bond. We also work with mental health providers and their patients, through equine assisted activities and therapies.


Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary started in 2015 with two horses from the kill pen, it has since grown and evolved from there. We are located in Rainier, Washington on 10 beautiful acres of farmland nestled in Thurston County. We are a farm animal sanctuary that provides a lifelong home to the animals in residence.

We do not adopt out any animals.

Many of the animals are not considered adoptable due to age, nature of injuries, psychological and emotional trauma. This is their last chance for a home, where they are loved, cared for and are allowed to be happy individuals.

We receive the animals through other animal rescue agencies, the sheriff's department, abandonment and owners that are no longer able to care for their animals.

We are making a difference in the community through education and awareness. Our Vision and mission guide us in everything we do and how we will continue to proceed in the future.

Besides being a farm animal sanctuary, we are an educational learning center- teaching the public about the social and ethical responsibility of animal ownership. We do this thru educational tours, hands-on-learning, and by hosting professionals who are experts in their field- come and speak. We believe that the human-animal bond is crucial to to mental health and well-being. These animals that were once unwanted are able to teach us about love, empathy and so much more.

Children & Youth


We'll work with your schedule.


12020 123rd Ave SERainierRainier, WA 98576



  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Animal Therapy
  • Interactive/Social Media/SEO
  • Environmental Education
  • Gardening
  • Farming


  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • Shifts are minimum 2 hours in length, at least 2 days a month. Time commitment of at least six (6) months.
  • Sense of humor, patience and passion for animals and children, those over 18 years of age must be able to pass a background check.

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