Looking for face-to-face interaction with Wild Friends residents? You can help with daily care, provide companionship, and more.

Here at Wild Friends, you’ll find everything from rodents, reptiles, and amphibians to birds, ferrets, and minks. Some of our wildlife residents are here permanently due to injuries that prevent them from being released, while others are here until they’re rehabilitated and ready to go back into the wild. 

Because of the broad scope of our work here, there are so many ways you can help out.

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Enrich the lives of the Wild Friends residents with the gift of your time

See what a day in the life of a Wild Friends volunteer looks like:

Here’s what you can expect as a volunteer at Wild Friends

When you lend a hand at Wild Friends, you’ll improve the lives of the wildlife residing at the Sanctuary.

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Volunteer Tasks

As a volunteer at Wild Friends, you can expect to help with feeding and socializing the animals at Wild Friends. You might also help with various cleaning tasks or special projects.

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Time Commitment

You can choose from two volunteer shifts daily: 8:15-11:30 a.m. and 1:15-4 p.m.   

We also offer disability-friendly shifts that are shorter and last for one hour total. 

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Volunteer Requirements

Due to the nature of the animals in Wild Friends, please be aware that our animals are often fed meals that consist of what they would eat in the wild such as mice, rats, worms, etc. If you would like to experience this area but do not want to participate in the feeding, we would recommend the daily Wild Friends tour instead. Please contact the Welcome Center at 435-677-6486 for tour information.

Safety guidelines: We're focused on keeping you and our animal friends safe while you're volunteering. Before your trip to the Sanctuary, make sure you've read through what to expect at the Sanctuary and in specific animal areas.

Book your volunteer experience

Ready to plan your time at Wild Friends? We’re so excited you’ll be joining us soon — and the wildlife are, too!

Scheduling your volunteer shifts in advance is highly recommended, and shifts can be scheduled as far as one year in advance.

Once you sign up and complete your volunteer agreement, you can access the full list of volunteer opportunities.

If you already have a Best Friends volunteer profile, go to the volunteer portal to see opportunities available to you.

Volunteers with disabilities are welcome! Contact us to learn about volunteering with a disability; we offer shorter hour-long shifts for anyone interested. Email volunteers@bestfriends.org or call 435-319-0622 with questions or sign up for a shift.

Read about our wild friends

Check out these tales about our pals at Wild Friends and the people like you who love them.

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Adopt or sponsor a wild friend

Looking to add a new wild friend to the family? Great! Start your search today.

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Sponsor a Wild Friends resident

By giving a gift of sponsorship to your friends or family, you can provide love and care to the wildlife at our animal sanctuary.

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