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Your trip at a glance

Highlights

  • 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

Locations

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Alberta

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  • 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

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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.

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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.

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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 got 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.

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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.

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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 groceries.

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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 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.

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    1. Alberta

    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 dedicates itself to those horses since 2004, goes to horse auctions and horse feedlots, buys the animals, provides a safe haven for them at the ranch and later on tries to place them in a loving new home.
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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