PLEASE BE PATIENT AND BEAR WITH US AS WE HAVE BEEN INUNDATED WITH VOLUNTEER OFFERS for malibu SINCE GOLIATH AND RED LADY AND WE ARE STILL TRYING TO CATCH UP ON THE ADMINISTRATION OF ANSWERING SO MANY QUESTIONS AND EMAILS.
WE TRULY NEED VOLUNTEERS RIGHT NOW TO HELP US IN THE OFFICE TO CLEAR THE BACKLOG OF REQUESTS BUT UNTIL THEN WE APOLOGIZE IF YOUR VOLUNTEER APPLICATION IS NOT ANSWERED FOR A SHORT WHILE. We should catch up by mid april hopefully xxx
Our Volunteer program in Oregon is suspended through April due to bad weather and access to the ranch. The last 30 minutes to Skydog Oregon is a dirt road so you need a four wheel drive vehicle and the mud and rain and snow is not helping access.
We cannot rescue more horses without you...
We have two ranches that need volunteers - Prineville Oregon AND Malibu California. Volunteers need to co-ordinate with the ranch manager at either location to arrange visits and complete two orientation sessions before they can choose a time slot on any day of the week......
HERE are some details which are the same for both ranches :
- Volunteers need to be over the age of 18 - once a month we have a children's visitor day and you can sign up for that below
- Wear work clothes, boots are very important and no flip flops or soft tennis shoes allowed. If a horse has ever stood on your foot you will know why. Jeans and t-shirts are best or cotton shirt as it is often hot in Malibu. In the winter you will need snow boots in Oregon.
- Bring sunscreen, water, snacks
- You will be asked to sign a waiver located below at either facility to interact with the horses
CHORES INCLUDE :
MUCKING horse pens, corrals or stalls. This involves using a muck rake to pick up horse poop and place it in plastic buckets.
CLEANING water troughs, buckets (and spring boxes in Oregon)
SWEEPING the barn, TIDYING tack sheds, SORTING supplies
FEED horses early morning and afternoon
WATER horses - making sure all water buckets and troughs are ALWAYS clean and full of fresh water
If you are experienced with horses you can also :
WASH horses and clean their manes and tails
GROOM horses that need more contact with people to show them how kind and loving people CAN be
TRAIN some of the foals and yearlings. For experienced horse trainers that can volunteer some hours to spend with our youngsters to help them get used to halters and having their feet done and shots will make them easier to handle as they grow up.
RIDE There are riding opportunities especially at our Oregon location to go on trail rides with one or two of the staff there and see the ranch from horse back - this is for experienced riders only in exchange for a donation to Skydog Sanctuary after volunteering with us for a certain period of time.
AT MALIBU - we would love to have more people that can come early around 8am to help muck before it gets too hot and to get the place looking good and clean. There will be plenty of time after for interacting with horses and taking selfies and kissing furry noses :)
SOCIAL MEDIA ` When taking selfies or photographs of the horses please use the tag @skydogsanctuary on Instagram or Twitter and #mustangsanctuary #passthesafeact #rescuedhorses #volunteerskydogranch are all good to use to help the rescue
REIMBURSEMENT - PLEASE NOTE At the Oregon location we provide gas money for people driving out to us as well as lunch and soft drinks and water.
After five visits you can choose a hat or t-shirt free from our Skydog merchandise at either location
We are currently working on accommodation for our Oregon ranch so people from out of state and abroad can come volunteer for longer periods of time and live at the ranch
Please note Skydog Sanctuary is also a sanctuary from negativity and drama.
Please leave your troubles at the gate and give your co-workers and fellow volunteers the same kindness, respect and compassion that you do the horses here. In a world that is increasingly negative we ask that there be no back biting, gossiping, character assassination or meanness. We want to get back to practicing being loving and tolerant and so encourage a community that truly is a sanctuary in the purest form of the word.
If you are interested in volunteering please complete the following forms :
** You must complete the volunteer release in order to volunteer on the ranch along with a Copy of Valid photo ID.
FAMILY DAYS - For Children Under 18
We absolutely adore having children visit Skydog and on the first sunday of every month we have a family day where you can bring your kids to meet the horses and other animals of Skydog Malibu. Clare our founder runs the day and answers questions about our horses as well as educating them about the American Mustang and what they can do to help.
The highlight of the day for the kids is giving one of our horses a bubble bath which is always one of their favorite activities.
If you are interested in coming and want further information just email us at email@example.com
If you have filled out the form for volunteering we'll get back to you very soon and thanks for your offer to help!