1 Rescue Ranch | Non-Profit Animal Welfare Organization


Get Involved

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Rescue Ranch! We rely on the assistance of volunteers to fill many roles in our organization.

Training is provided for all volunteer positions, so no prior experience is required. 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!

Resolve to Volunteer in 2019

Congratulations to our 2018 Joanne Boyle Legacy Volunteer of the Year Award winner, Joe Ryan!  Joe volunteers at the Ranch weekly and can be found mowing, working on special projects, driving kids on hay rides and so much more....!  He always has a smile on his face, hardworking and believes in the mission of Rescue Ranch.  We are so thankful to have Joe as a dedicated volunteer!

Daily volunteer opportunities for Animal Care, Humane Education Assistant, Staff Assistant, project & event committees and so much more.....!  We offer scout projects, host civic, social and corporate group team building.  

Resolve to volunteer at Rescue Ranch for 2019!  Volunteer orientation scheduled for January 26 & March 23 at 9:00am here at the Ranch. Come join us! 

Contact volunteer@rescueranch.com to learn more!

Why Volunteer?

Volunteering is good for you – it reduces stress and makes you healthier.

Volunteering brings people together – a chance to make new friends.

Volunteering allows you to learn new skills and acquire work experience.

And most importantly, when you volunteer at Rescue Ranch, you are contributing to the development of a more humane community.

Expectations of a Rescue Ranch Volunteer

Punctuality & Commitment - Dedicated volunteers make up the majority of our workforce and we schedule hours according to animal care, educational, and event needs. It is vitally important that volunteers show up for shifts they sign up for.

Honesty & Kindness - While people come to Rescue Ranch for many individual reasons, our volunteers must be able to work well not only with our animals but also with other volunteers, visitors, and staff members.

Adherence to Policies - For everyone’s protection, volunteers are asked to always follow all Rescue Ranch policies and procedures as instructed by our trained staff members.

Get Started

If you are interested in becoming a Rescue Ranch volunteer, please follow these steps:

1.  Be of Age. Volunteer positions have a minimum age requirement of 16 years old. Are you between 12 and 15? If so, please visit our Junior Volunteer page.

2.  Submit an online application.

Our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you after your application is received to schedule an orientation date and time.

3.  Attend an orientation.

4.  Make a commitment. We ask our volunteers to commit to a minimum of 6 hours of service or 1 major event per quarter.

Looking for group opportunities ? If you would like to volunteer as a group, be it a Scout Troop, School Group, Community Group or a Business; please refer to our Group Volunteer & Service Project Opportunities page.

Volunteer Opportunities

Click  HERE to download our Volunteer brochure


Animal Care

Humane Education assistant

Trail Blazer

Staff assistant


Birthday party assistant

Ranch Ranger

Educational Programs

Perfect volunteer opportunity for retired teachers, young adults looking to gain experience in classroom settings or anyone who likes working with children and animals. Please note in order to volunteer for an Education Program volunteers must be at least 18 years old and consent to a background check.

Beginner Buddies Instructor & Assistant

Homeschool Assistants

School Program Helpers

Scout Program Helpers


Birthday Party Helpers

Community Outreach & Marketing

Rescue Ranch Special Events

Group volunteer opportunities for Fall of 2018

  • Fence line maintenance in agriculture center
  • September 17 – 21 Hay bale spray painting each day (weather depending)  Volunteer shifts run 9:00am – 12:00pm/1:00pm – 4:00pm.
  • September 29 & 30 OR October 6 & 8 Hay Art Construction days.  Saturday/Sunday volunteer shifts 9:00am – 12:00pm & 1:00pm – 4:00pm.  10 volunteer shifts available.
  • October 27 & 28 Fall Fun Days at the Ranch.  Saturday volunteer shifts run 9:00am – 1:00pm & 1:00pm - 5:00pm.  Sunday volunteer shifts run 11:00am – 2:00pm & 2:00pm - 5:00pm.  38 volunteer shifts available per day.
  • November 10 & 11 Break down of hay art.  Saturday volunteer shifts run 9:00am – 1:00pm.  Sunday volunteer shifts run 9:00am – 12:00pm.  10 volunteer shifts available per day.
  • December 1 Photos with Santa,.  Volunteer options:  assisting photographer, checking in our guest & craft time with the kids. Volunteer shifts run 9:00am – 12:00pm & 1:00pm – 4:00pm.  6 volunteer shifts available.
  • December 14 Ryan Newman’s Charity Dinner & Auction.  8:00am set up and decorating at Statesville Civic Center (15 volunteers).  4:00pm silent auction assistants, silent auction runners for guest and more.  10:00pm – until clean up and tear down of dinner.  25 volunteer shifts available. 

Volunteer Orientation

  • Volunteer Orientation on Saturday, September 22 at 9:00am at the Ranch.  Please complete an online application before you come.
  • Volunteer Orientation on Saturday, October 13 at 9:00am at the Ranch.  Please complete an online application before you come.

For more information please email volunteer@rescueranch.com or call us at 704-768-0909.