Volunteer Abroad Canada: Alberta Horse Protection
Travel to Canada’s western province of Alberta, become part of an experienced team dedicated to animal welfare and help take care of rescue horses. As a volunteer you support the project’s horse ranch with all horse-related tasks: grooming, feeding, leading, and handling as well as supporting the animal intake process and medical treatments.
If you are not experienced with horses, there are other things you can do: taking care of other ranch animals like goats, pigs, chickens and cows, cleaning and maintaining ranch grounds, supporting fundraising events and helping with administrative tasks.
- Be part of an animal welfare project in Western Canada
- Become active in taking care of rescue horses and other animals
- Work in an experienced team dedicated to animal welfare
- Live in the midst of Canada’s pristine nature
- Get to know Canada and its incomparable landscapes
Plan your trip
Included in the programme fee
- Placement in the programme
- Assistance with travel arrangements
- Assistance with selecting travel insurance
- Assistance with booking flights
- Pre-departure information pack
Chrissy, your travel agent for Canada
You are interested in joining this adventure? I am happy to help you! From the first steps until the end of the trip – I answer all of your questions and support you throughout your time abroad.
Volunteering with horses in Canada
In this project on a horse ranch in the Western part of Canada you get the chance to actively contribute to animal welfare and, at the same time, experience the magnificent nature of the North American state.
Arrival and orientation in Alberta
Your time as a volunteer begins at Calgary International Airport. A staff member picks you up and takes you to the ranch. After you get to know your team, you can learn more about the project, its tasks and its aims. After you’ve finished the project you are taken back to the airport.
Volunteer activities in Canada
As a volunteer in this project you are involved in all daily tasks on the ranch. If you have experience with horses, you can spend time grooming, feeding, leading, and handling the animals. You may also assist with picking up of animals, animal intake process, medical treatment and hoof care. Additional tasks that are especially assigned to volunteers with little or no horse experience are: cleaning paddocks, washing buckets, building and repairing sheds, shelters and fences, supporting fundraising events and helping with administrative tasks in the office.
Accommodation during the horse project
The horse ranch is located in the midst of Southern Alberta’s nature, approx. 1 ½ hours driving time from Calgary. Together with other volunteers you live in a small guesthouse on the ranch grounds. You share a dormitory, a bathroom and a kitchen in which you can prepare your daily meals. You can accompany the ranch staff on regular trips to the nearest town to shop for groceries.
Leisure time as a volunteer in North America
As a volunteer you work from approx. 9am to 5pm from Monday through Friday. In the evening hours and on the weekends you’ve got enough time for your own activities. After talking to the project’s staff it is possible to organize a day or weekend trip so you get the chance to discover the country and its unique nature from up close.
Arrival in Calgary
Your stay in the horse project: A typical volunteer day
Last day in the animal welfare project and departure
“In the end the volunteers and the ranch-staff was even like a little family to each other.”
“I really recommend this programme. Natucate cared for me very well. I felt very comfortable and was sure I’m in good hands. I spent two unforgettable months in Florida.”
“...but who shares my love of animals (and is not afraid of big dogs), would like to spend some time in the US, work at a volunteer project and get to know a bunch of amazing people along the way: This is your project!”
“I am sure I will miss this place, the work, the nature, the animals, the people and the knowledge to work for a good cause.”
Alberta is one of Canada's provinces, located between British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan and the USA. Its capital is Edmonton; the largest city is Calgary. The landscape is dominated by the prairie, which stretches east to Saskatchewan. The foothills of the Rocky Mountains dominate the western border of the province.
The three climatic regions of Alberta – alpine, forest and prairie – are home to a multitude of different animal species. With a bit of luck, travellers can spot bears, wolves, moose, bobcats, pumas and an abundance of other wildlife that are at home in the picturesque natural landscapes.
Purpose of the animal welfare project in Canada
The project founder’s research on the topic “PMU” and “PMU farms” was the decisive factor in founding the rescue ranch in Canada. Thousands of pregnant mares spend their lives penned up in factory farms in Canada and the USA for the production of hormone replacement supplements, derived from a pregnant mare’s urine (abbreviated as PMU). The foals being born each year to PMU mares often do not have any future but slaughter ahead of them.
The project has been dedicated to those horses since 2004, attending horse auctions and horse feedlots, purchasing the animals, providing a safe haven for them at the ranch and later on trying to place them into loving new homes.
In order to secure the protection of the ranch animals – more than 150 horses as well as cows, chickens, pigs, goats, rabbits and llamas – and the survival of the project, the helping hands of numerous dedicated volunteers are needed.
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