Catskill Animal Sanctuary operates with a small, full-time staff so we rely on caring and dedicated volunteers for much of what we do. If you love animals and want to be part of creating a more compassionate world for all beings then volunteer at the Sanctuary!
Volunteers help with animal care, business administration, Compassionate Cuisine, Camp Kindness, weekend tours, outreach, events, and projects.
We are always working on new projects, so check back often!
Our Animal Care department is responsible for the overall health and well-being of our 300+ animal residents. We need approximately 4 to 8 volunteers each day to assist our staff with daily animal care-related tasks. More
The Compassionate Cuisine program’s mission is to educate visitors about preparing delicious vegan meals and living a compassionate vegan lifestyle.
Our Compassionate Cuisine program relies on the support of volunteers to help with our on-site cooking classes and special events. Cooking classes are generally offered year-round on Saturday afternoons, twice a month. The dates and times for events vary. Please check our Events page for specific dates and times. More
Camp Kindness is a weekly day program for children ages 8-14 that focuses on fostering compassion for all living beings. Camp runs Monday through Friday, July 9 to August 3, with a special leadership camp program August 6-10. It is strongly preferred that Camp Kindness volunteers participate for the entire duration of camp. This helps volunteers develop a rapport with campers as well as the Sanctuary's animal residents.
Camp Kindness volunteers are crucial for providing a safe and fun environment for the children we serve. This position provides an opportunity to work at a unique summer camp that encourages children to learn age-appropriate lessons about the plight of farmed animals, as well as how the similarities between animals and humans, while they explore compassionate choices. More
Weekend Tour Greeter
Our Tour Greeter is an important volunteer role during our open season (April-November). The Tour Greeter helps visitors experience the Sanctuary as a welcoming, unique, safe, and friendly environment.
Schedule: 10:30am – 3:30pm on Saturday and/or Sunday. Greeters do not need to be available every Saturday or Sunday during our open season. More
New Leaf Vegan Mentor Program
Our national program connects volunteer mentors with individuals for one-on-one individualized support to help them become and remain vegan. As a mentor, you'll answer questions, share information and resources, discuss challenges and celebrate successes.
Research shows that a supportive environment is vital for helping people become and remain vegan — and we’ve created a program designed to support mentors in guiding others.
The New Leaf Vegan Mentor Program is right for you if you've been vegan for one year or more, can spare one to four hours per week, and are enthusiastic about sharing your vegan knowledge and experience. Volunteers receive a free training in vegan mentorship, gain new vegan advocacy skills, make a difference in someone’s life, help save animals and the planet, and join a powerful community of vegans who share your values. More
Our Outreach Department is responsible for raising awareness of the Sanctuary's emergency rescue work and innovative educational programs, and increasing stakeholder engagement. In addition, the Outreach Department oversees special fundraising and educational events, including Cocktails & Cow Tales (annual fundraiser in New York City), Shindig (on-site summer festival), and Gobble & Groove. Volunteers provide support in a variety of ways. More
Our Outreach Department oversees the creation, planning and execution of special events, including Cocktails & Cow Tales (annual fundraiser in New York City), Shindig (summer festival), and Gobble & Groove (Thanksgiving season celebration). Volunteers provide support in a variety of ways. More
There are many projects at the Sanctuary that contribute to our mission of rescuing, protecting, and caring for farmed animals in need. Due to our limited resources, most of these projects cannot be completed without the time and special skills of volunteers.
Individuals with an interest in volunteering professional skills (e.g. carpentry, engineering, inventory management, landscaping, mechanics, etc) are encouraged to fill out the Volunteer Interest Form. We will continue to keep this page updated with special projects needed by the Sanctuary (see Special Projects and Offsite Opportunities at bottom of the page).
For your safety and the safety of our animal residents, the minimum age to volunteer is 12; volunteers who are 12–15 years old must be accompanied by an adult at all times. In order to operate any Sanctuary vehicles or equipment, all volunteers (of any age) must have a valid license and be trained and approved by staff.
The animals and humans of Catskill Animal Sanctuary need you. Are you ready to be part of our team?
First Time Volunteers
Before arriving at the Sanctuary to volunteer, first time volunteers should please complete the online Volunteer Interest Form.
For first time volunteers, once your Volunteer Interest Form is submitted, you will receive an email with the next steps.
Volunteers who have volunteered at the Sanctuary before should fill out the Volunteer Schedule Request Form prior to arriving at the Sanctuary. Ideally, the request should be submitted at least 7 days prior to the requested shift to allow us to schedule accordingly. After submission, a Sanctuary staff member will be in touch to confirm your shift.
When you commit to a volunteer shift, you become a valuable member of our team and play an important role in the success of the Sanctuary's mission. Our staff scheduling and task assignment is based upon the assumption that a requested and confirmed volunteer shift will be filled. For that reason, we ask that you please do not make a commitment that you may be unable to fulfill. If you are not available to complete your confirmed volunteer shift(s), please send an email to email@example.com as far in advance as possible. By doing so, the Sanctuary may be able to fill the shift with another volunteers or staff member.
If there are more than 4 members in your group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your volunteer shift.
If you have any special needs or service animals, please contact us directly at email@example.com so we can plan volunteer activities for you ahead of time.
Bring clothes and boots that are weatherproof (and that you don’t mind getting muddy). We also suggest bringing work gloves if you have them. Please check the weather forecast for zip code 12477 and dress/pack appropriately. Sunscreen and rain gear are suggested. We encourage you to pack a vegan brown bag lunch — no meat or dairy please, out of respect for the animals.
Special Projects & Offsite Opportunities
Currently Seeking Volunteers for Special Projects:
Can’t make it to our location? There are still opportunities to volunteer to help with our programs and activities. Offsite opportunities vary throughout the year and may include assisting with promotion of special projects, identifying donors of money and/or supplies for special projects and directing them to the Sanctuary, procurement assistance, engineering solutions, and offsite event support. We also consider applications from individuals who are interested in donating professional services that can be done remotely from your own home or office.
We will post offsite and special project opportunities when they are available, so please check back, sign up for our newsletter to receive updates, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your idea for how you want to help!