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Volunteer Programs

Whether giving hands-on care and socialization to our animals, assisting with our humane education programs, or helping to make an event successful, YOU can make a difference and help support our mission. Rescue Ranch could not operate without the help of our compassionate and dedicated volunteers!

We currently have over 175 volunteers who donate over 9,000 hours per year. Our volunteers serve on committees, assist with daily animal care, humane education programs, upkeep of our grounds, nature trail, off site booth events, seasonal décor and so much more!

No experience is needed. Training is provided for all volunteer positions. Rescue Ranch could not operate without the help of our compassionate and dedicated volunteers! YOU can make a difference and help support our mission.

Currently, our ongoing volunteer program has the following opportunities for ages 14 and older. All interested parties must complete an online application and attend an in-person volunteer orientation.
  • 14 and 15 years old can volunteer with a parent or guardian present
  • 16 and 17 years old can volunteer with a parent/guardian signature
  • 18 + can join our regular volunteer program

We ask that each volunteer commits to a minimum of four hours per month. A $25 volunteer application fee will be collected at orientation to receive a Rescue Ranch volunteer T-shirt.

See the options below to learn more about our different volunteer opportunities.

GETTING STARTED:

  1. Please complete the Volunteer Inquiry Form at the link below.
  2. Sign up for a Volunteer Orientation at the link below.
  3. Decide what opportunity best suits you and start volunteering!
Animal Care Volunteer

Daily opportunities to assist in:
  • Cleaning & sanitization of animal ambassador enclosures
  • Mucking of stalls & raking of fields
  • Ensuring all animal ambassadors have fresh water & diets
  • Socialization
  • Animal Enrichment
  • Animal Care is broken into two parts: Inside and Outside animals.
  • To volunteer with animals, you must complete 3 trainings after your orientation.
Humane Education Volunteer

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Assist with Education Programs such as Critter Camps, Beginner Buddies, Field Trips and more.
  • Opportunities consist of activity prep, working with kids, helping with animal presentations, crafting and more.
  • You must be 18 years or older to participate in education programs and must pass a background check.
Event Volunteer

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Assist with events at the Ranch and offsite events
  • Event setup and tear down, selling merchandise, handing out feed for the animals, assisting with animal presentations, monitoring the barnyard animals and more. ​
Ranch Hand Volunteer

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Opportunities include landscaping, maintenance, crafting, gardening, woodworking, seasonal decor, painting, small projects, trail maintenance and more!
  • This is the group that makes our legendary Hay Art for events!​
Project Work Days

Have children that need volunteer hours? Want to volunteer but can't commit to the full program? Come to a Rescue Ranch Project Workday! These days will include gardening, crafting, event prep, seasonal décor setup and more!  You do not have to attend a volunteer orientation to sign up for Project Work Days so that means you can bring your family or friends to come help! Workdays are suitable for ages 12 yrs or older. Ages 12-15 must have a parent/guardian on site. 

DIY Animal Enrichment Guide

Have children that need volunteer hours? Want to help our animals by crafting at home? Make animal enrichment items from the comfort of your own home. We also will sign off on service hours for making these enrichment items.

Volunteer Groups

Rescue Ranch loves to host community service or Give Back Days for local businesses, civic, social, church and athletic groups! We have lots of volunteer projects in our Idea Bank to help your group choose a project that suits your skill set.


Volunteer groups can also donate the cost of materials or other items necessary to complete projects.

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Beginner Buddies at Rescue Ranch - SESSION FULL
Feb 13, 2023
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1424 Turnersburg Hwy.
Statesville, NC 28625
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Feb 27, 2023
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1424 Turnersburg Hwy.
Statesville, NC 28625
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Mar 13, 2023
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1424 Turnersburg Hwy.
Statesville, NC 28625
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Apr 10, 2023
9:30 AM EDT
1424 Turnersburg Hwy.
Statesville, NC 28625
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May 08, 2023
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1424 Turnersburg Hwy.
Statesville, NC 28625
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