Volunteer Program

A couple of wonderful volunteers at Skydog Malibu washing Jackson while Missy helps

A couple of wonderful volunteers at Skydog Malibu washing Jackson while Missy helps


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 OR accompanied by an adult

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 at either facility to interact with the horses


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


If you are interested in volunteering please complete the following form:

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Activities for volunteers, please check activities you are willing to do:

We'll get back to you very soon, thanks for your offer to help!