Volunteer With Animals in Gig Harbor, WA
Volunteering Your Time
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with animals at Heartwood Haven in Gig Harbor. We believe volunteers at Heartwood Haven are our biggest asset. The majority of volunteers at Heartwood Haven have been with us for years and are dedicated to serving the animals who come through our gates. Volunteers are required to come once a week on a set schedule for 3 hours typically from 8am-11am and we do require volunteers to commit to a minimum of 6 months. Why the early hours? This is when the majority of chores are done. We also ask for a once a week commitment so you stay up to date and informed with what’s happening at the rescue. Heartwood Haven is an active rescue which means there are always new animals coming into the rescue and animals being adopted. Your ability to come once a week means we can continue to provide all of the animals with the top notch care they deserve.
No previous experience working with animals is necessary. You will either be paired with a longtime volunteer or you will work directly with our Executive Director, Kate. We do ask that you come with a positive attitude, a willingness to learn, and a willingness to work with animals. There are days that you may be bottle feeding goats, there are days you may be in the rain shoveling poop, and there are days you may be doing both. Lastly, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Hope, our Director of Operations at [email protected]
The Heartwood Haven Team.
Volunteering Your Talents
Do you have a specialized skill which you would like to share with us? We are interested in working with artists, photographers, marketing specialists, writers, bloggers, grant writers, craftsmen, carpenters, and many other talents. Your hobby or skill may be just the addition the sanctuary needs!
What To Expect ?
Heartwood Haven is home to many rescued animals in various stages of healing. Do not touch, approach, or feed the animals without checking with one of the Founders, Hope or Katya.
Please note: The sanctuary property is strictly vegan. Please do not bring any animal products onto the property.
What to wear: sturdy boots, clothes that can get muddy or dirty, work gloves, and appropriate attire for outdoor weather.
Types of activities include:
- Clearing brush
- Installing fencing
- Cleaning coops or barns
- Digging postholes
- Building new structures
- The work is labor intensive and what we like to call FREE crossfit
- Taking animals for a walk
- Spending time with animals for rehabilitative purposes
- Feeding and providing water to residents
- Cleaning crates