If you are looking for an unforgettable volunteer experience, Kindness Ranch has opportunities for animal lovers of all ages!
Our on-site volunteers get ample hands-on time with the animals on a daily basis. After morning cleaning chores are done, we give the cats and dogs our full attention, and volunteers are invited to join the staff in many activities - socializing, exerising, grooming, training, and much more! We also offer opportunities to help with our farm animals - the horses, sheep, pigs, and cows - who are all lifelong residents and enjoy spending time with our visitors!
Many volunteers visit for a few days, a holiday weekend, or even a full week, enjoying the company of the animals and the peaceful surroundings. There is no minimum requirement for daily hours and volunteers can be involved as little or as much as they like.
There is also plenty of non-animal-care work to be done on a daily basis that helps keep the ranch up and running. Interested volunteers can help with deep cleaning, building projects, yard work, or any number of other things as needed. And if you have any special skills that you would like to offer, let us know!
Because of our remote location, we offer unique guest accommodations on our property for those interested in visiting and volunteering. These fully-furnished, pet-friendly rental cabins
are available year-round and deliver a one-of-a-kind experience for the whole family!
Have questions about volunteering at Kindness Ranch? Please use the volunteer inquiry form below!
If you can't visit, but still want to help the animals of Kindness Ranch, consider becoming a foster parent! Foster homes are an important part of our mission and allow our very special dogs and cats to get even more one-on-one attention. You can get more information on our foster program here.
Message from Volunteer Karen Olsen:
“Do you love animals and want to have an extraordinary weekend or vacation experience? Think about volunteering at Kindness Ranch. I first began volunteering one Thanksgiving weekend several years ago. That first visit, I helped care for dogs and cats. I cleaned the yurts where they lived, fed them, helped with exercise programs and grooming. In between doing chores, I spent time just sitting with these incredible animals helping socialize them. Add to that the quiet setting with the lovely yurts where you could enjoy nature, friends, and or family. That was all it took to make me a longtime repeat volunteer. Since then, I have done everything from help fold and mail thank you letters to the fantastic contributors who make the ranch possible, to helping bath and settle dogs who arrive came from the laboratory setting. Each time I volunteer, I do something slightly different. No matter what task the staff asks me to do, I always come away feeling like I helped contribute to the goal of finding animals who were used by laboratories find their forever homes. If you want to do something incredible with your weekend or vacation, try volunteering at Kindness Ranch. It will be one of the best experiences of your life!”
Message from Volunteer Kendrick McNamee-Taylor:
“Our first visit to Kindness Ranch changed my husband, Josh’s, and my life. We had no idea what to expect, but it was above and beyond any experience we could have hoped for. After meeting all the animals and spending time with them we realized there is so much to learn from them. Not the other way around. Especially when you experience the zest for life that these animals have after living in laboratories for their entire life. Their resilience is amazing. We were in awe the whole time. We knew we had to do something to help Kindness Ranch continue to help the animals. The only way we could really offer support, since we live 4 hours away in Denver, was to foster dogs in our home. By doing this and networking with local rescues who help us “advertise” the dogs in Denver we have gotten homes for all of our fosters and plan on continuing fostering for a long, long time. All of the feedback we have received from adopters is positive. They love their new dogs, who grow, adapt and change into new dogs daily. The transformation process is very rewarding, although it takes patience, it is completely worth it to see these animals learn who they really are. All we can do is sit back and watch and support the dogs. They blossom all on their own and grow more confident every day. Fostering is just a small part of the solution. There are many other ways to volunteer for Kindness Ranch, but I can’t think of any that are more fun than fostering!! Thanks for helping and supporting in any way you can!”