Volunteer Opportunity: Farm Sanctuary Hero

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ORGANIZATION: Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary

About Our Sanctuary:

At Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary, our mission is to provide a safe haven for farm animals who have been rescued from neglect, abuse, and abandonment. Nestled in the heart of Thurston County, our sanctuary is a place of recovery and rehabilitation where animals are treated with love and respect. We’re committed to educating the public on compassionate living and the importance of animal welfare.

The Role:

We’re looking for spirited and compassionate individuals to join our team as Farm Sanctuary Heroes! This role is perfect for anyone who loves animals and is eager to make a tangible difference in their lives. As a volunteer, you’ll help with daily care, cleaning, rehabilitation efforts, and creating an enriching environment for our furry and feathered residents.

Your Responsibilities:

  • Animal Care: Feed, water, and groom our residents. Assist in daily health checks to ensure all animals are thriving.
  • Sanctuary Maintenance: Help maintain clean and safe living spaces, including barns, coops, and pastures.
  • Education and Outreach: Participate in tours and workshops, sharing the stories of our residents with visitors and educating them about animal welfare.
  • Event Support: Assist in organizing and running sanctuary events such as open days, fundraisers, and educational workshops.
  • Gardening: Help tend our sanctuary gardens that provide fresh produce for our kitchen and enrichment for our animals.

Who You Are:

  • A big heart for animals and a commitment to animal welfare.
  • Physically able to work outdoors and engage in manual labor.
  • Reliable and can commit to a regular volunteer schedule.
  • Able to commit to six or more months.
  • Self-starter and self-directed.
  • Friendly and enthusiastic, with good communication skills.
  • Willing to learn and follow sanctuary protocols and procedures.

Volunteer Benefits:

  • Connect with Nature: Spend your days outdoors with amazing animals and like-minded animal lovers.
  • Learn and Grow: Gain valuable experience in animal care, gardening, and nonprofit operations.
  • Make an Impact: Directly contribute to the well-being and recovery of rescued animals.
  • Community: Join a community of passionate and supportive individuals dedicated to making a difference.

How to Apply:

Are you ready to become a hero for our farm friends? For more information, you can also contact us at volunteer@blackdawg.org. We can’t wait to welcome you to our team!

Be a part of our sanctuary family, and help us create a better world for farmed animals, one day at a time!

5 Shifts

  • morning / 08:00 AM to 10:00 AM
    This is a feeding position, must be experienced
  • morning / 09:45 AM to 11:45 AM
    Animal Care and Cleaning Shift
  • afternoon / 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM
    Animal Care and Cleaning Shift
  • afternoon / 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
    Animal Care and Cleaning Shift
  • afternoon / 02:45 PM to 04:45 PM
    Closing feeding duties
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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 https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?AP=1043099842


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.


Children & Youth
Animals, Children & Youth, Environment


We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 5 shifts


12020 123rd Ave SERainier, WA 98576



  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Critical Thinking
  • Multi-Tasking
  • Organization
  • People Skills


  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • Must be able to commit to six or more months. This is essential to the care and well-being of the animals in our care.
  • Applicants Eighteen years and older must be able to pass a background check.

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