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Farm Animal Sanctuary Volunteer

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ORGANIZATION: Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary


Join our fun team of volunteers that help care for our amazing farm animals and sanctuary. Must be able to commit to six (6) months of volunteering, have dependable transportation, over 14 years of age, enthusiastic learner and not afraid to get dirty! You will meet new people, learn about farm animals and be part of a non profit that makes a difference in farm animals and peoples lives!

Some of the fun you be part of:

* Shoveling manure ( builds muscle, great for funny jokes and stories)
* Washing buckets, tubs and dishes ( good for cleaning dirt from out of your fingernails from shoveling that manure AND will help with that whole COVID-19 hand washing thing)
* Brushing animals ( Think of a two year old human child with knots in their hair, definitely teaches patience and creative body balance mechanics)
* Cleaning stalls ( We have a horse nicknamed "Trooper the Tornado", for obvious reasons once you get the dubious honor to clean up after his highness)

Of course, this is not limited to these opportunities but so, so much more. And we mean more (poop)! Having around 100 animals (many are poultry) there is no shortage of work that needs to be done. In all seriousness, this is labor intensive and not all fluffy kittens and cute puppy dogs. This is dirty, but rewarding work.

One and a half hours of your shift is devoted to the care of the animals, the last half hour you are required to "play with the animals". Not a bad deal.

We offer an orientation class and a training class and periodically a beginning horsemanship class. You will be placed after training with an experienced volunteer for at least 3 shifts, or until you feel comfortable on your own.

If over 18 years of age, you must be able to pass a background check.

Still interested? Great! We look forward to getting to know you!

3 Shifts

  • morning / 10:00 AM to 11:45 AM
    Shifts available Tuesday thru Sunday.
  • afternoon / 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM
    Shifts are available Tuesday thru Sunday.
  • afternoon / 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
    Shifts are available Tuesday thru Sunday
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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. You can directly apply at


Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary started in 2014 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.




We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 3 shifts


12020 123rd Ave SERainierRainier, WA 98576



  • Farming
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Gardening
  • Horticulture
  • Carpentry
  • Janitorial Maintenance


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • We require a time commitment of 6 or more months. Shifts are two hours in length, once weekly.
  • You must be 14 years and older to volunteer independently. Children 10-13 years of age may volunteer with a parent or legal guardian.

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