Planning your Sanctuary volunteer experience

We’re OPEN! Our staff is working hard to keep you safe. For more on what you can expect when you visit, see COVID-19: Keeping you safe »

Volunteer shifts must be scheduled as far in advance as possible. Each animal area has a maximum number of volunteers it can accommodate during each shift. To get started, please visit or contact the Sanctuary Volunteer Department at or 435-644-2001, ext. 4119.


We truly appreciate the wonderful work our volunteers do towards making a difference in the animals’ lives and would love to welcome you as a volunteer.

Volunteers at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary give the animals what they want and need most: personal attention, hands-on care and love. So, thank you for your interest in volunteering! Please read the information below to learn more about volunteering at the Sanctuary.

Where can I volunteer and what’s the minimum age?

UPDATED June 23, 2020 to reflect current COVID-19 protocols as the Sanctuary slowly reopens to visiting volunteers.

Minors under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times while volunteering. One adult can supervise two minors.

For safety considerations, each animal area has its own minimum age requirements. During the Sanctuary's yellow reopening phase, the minimum age to volunteer in each area is:


Minimum age

Cat World


Bunny House


Parrot Garden




Horse Haven


Marshall's Piggy Paradise


Wild Friends


Sanctuary Store


Angels Rest




Best Friends Animal Clinic


*Licensed veterinary, vet tech and other medically skilled volunteers may be eligible to volunteer during a multiple-day visit with prior arrangement. Email for more information.

What are the typical volunteer activities?

Activities vary by area and shift, but these are the most common:

  • Cleaning (animal living areas, dishes, mopping, etc.)
  • Providing the animals with enrichment (car rides, petting, playing, etc.)
  • Walking the animals with a leash or stroller
  • Preparing and serving pet food
  • Making toys or treats
  • Doing upkeep on the grounds and buildings (weeding, painting, building, doing maintenance projects, etc.)

Volunteers may also be eligible to take approved cats, dogs and bunnies on sleepovers, which is a fun activity for all and helps prepare pets for forever homes.

What allergens might I come into contact with?

Common allergens at the Sanctuary may include:

  • Animal dander
  • Hay
  • Indigenous foliage
  • Sawdust

Where can I get more information?

Visit our FAQ page or contact us at

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