Many farm animal sanctuaries, such as the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, the Farm Sanctuary and the Heartland Farm Sanctuary, accept volunteers who want to learn and help care for farm animals for free. Volunteers can learn how to take care of and improve the lives of the animals in the farm as well as learn how to protect the animals from cruelty.
The Woodstock Farm Sanctuary in High Falls, New York, is a nonprofit organization that rescues farm animals, such as pigs, chickens, cows, sheep and goats, from neglect, abuse and abandonment. Nestled in the Catskill Mountains, the sanctuary accepts volunteers over the age of 14 who are strong enough to use a shovel or a rake. The farm welcomes volunteer parents who want to bring children under the age of 16 as long as they properly guide and care for the children.
With three sanctuaries across the United States, the Farm Sanctuary is one of the largest farm and animal rescue organizations in the country. The organization rescues animals that are victims of factory farming and promotes vegan living. Volunteers may choose to help in Watkins Glen, New York, or in one of the sanctuaries in the state of California.
The Heartland Farm Sanctuary in Madison, Wisconsin, also accepts volunteers who intend to learn more and take care of farm animals. Volunteers perform animal care and barn chores twice a day throughout the year. This involves feeding and watering the farm animals; preparing produce for over 60 animals; socializing with, interacting with and grooming the animals; and moving them in and out of their homes.