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Get up close and personal with our largest Sanctuary residents

Thanks for your interest in volunteering at Horse Haven! Review the calendar below to find available volunteer shifts. Scheduling your volunteer shifts in advance is highly recommended, and shifts can be scheduled as far as one year in advance. Contact the Sanctuary Volunteer Department at or 435-644-2001, ext. 4119 with any questions. 

Ready to get started? Click the button below to create your volunteer account. If you already have a volunteer account with Best Friends, you can log-in to your account and start scheduling your Sanctuary trip!

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Horse Haven Volunteer Projects

Volunteers in Horse Haven could be working with any of the species that live there including horses, donkeys, mules, sheep, and goats. If you are interested in spending time with a specific species please talk to the Horse Haven staff when you arrive for your scheduled shift. While volunteering you might be asked to help with any of the following tasks:

  • Feeding and watering
  • Cleaning feed buckets and pans
  • Restocking feed (hay and grain)
  • Cleaning up the hay and feed storage areas
  • Mucking and raking
  • Unloading the mucking trailer
  • Cleaning the truck and trailer
  • Fence and facility maintenance
  • Grooming animals
  • Hand walking animals
  • Socializing with the animals

Horse Haven Safety Guidelines

To keep you and our animal friends safe, here are a few things that you should be aware of before volunteering:

Closed-toe shoes are required for volunteering in all animal areas. Sneakers or hiking shoes are the preferred footwear and shoes must have a heel strap at minimum. Clog type shoes are not permitted as shoes could fall off while walking or working with animals, climbing ladders or performing other volunteer tasks.

  • Riding horses is not an option for volunteers.
  • You cannot volunteer in Horse Haven if you are suffering from a cold, flu, or upper respiratory infection.
  • If you have equines, goats, or sheep at home, please bring clothes and shoes with you that have not been worn around your animals at home. 
  • Long pants are strongly recommended for volunteering.
  • Please wear clothing appropriate for working outside in all types of weather including rain, snow, and extreme heat and cold.
  • Please avoid any work or activity that might cause or exacerbate back, knee, or other pain; physical injuries or limitations; or allergies. Please consult with your doctor about precautions for your particular condition.
  • Never enter an area containing an animal without permission.
  • Never approach an animal without checking with a staff member first.
  • Never run up to or approach an animal in a quick manner.
  • Don't feed the animals treats without prior approval; some of the animals are on special diets or can be food-aggressive.
  • Do not place your face in harm's way. If you put your face too close to an animal, he/she may turn or jump quickly, causing injuries.
  • As a volunteer, you may come in contact with hay, dust and other allergens.

Are you interested in volunteering at Horse Haven? Click here to get started. If you already have a volunteer account with Best Friends, log-in here.