Travel to Canada’s western province of Alberta, become part of an experienced team dedicated to animal welfare and help taking 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.
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, discover the magnificent nature of the North American state.
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.
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: feeding other animals on the farm like goats, chickens, cows, pigs and rabbits, cleaning paddocks, washing buckets, building and repairing sheds, shelters and fences, supporting fundraising events and helping with administrative tasks in the office.
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.
Everybody interested in volunteering abroad should be able to adjust to entirely unfamiliar standards of living in their future host country. Therefore, we would like to point out the importance of being flexible and adaptable regarding the accommodation and sanitary facilities provided by the project. Those are very basic and – depending on the project – cannot be compared to European standards. The equipment and furnishings are limited to a minimum; air conditioning is not available. Depending on your host country occasional power blackouts or water outages are quite common. Please contact us if you have further questions about your accommodation. We are pleased to provide you with comprehensive information since we would like you to feel entirely prepared for your time abroad.
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.
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.