Saint Francis Wolf Sanctuary has no full-time paid staff and depends on our volunteers to keep the Sanctuary running and our animals happy and healthy. We would love to have your help too!
If you are interested in volunteering with us, please fill out the application form below and email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternately, you can print it out and mail it to us. We will try to get back to you as soon as possible, but please have patience for a response.
It is the policy of this organization to provide equal opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual preference, disability, or species. However, we must caution those of you with any physical limitations or other health restrictions, as wolves and wolfdogs are large, strong, and potentially dangerous animals, and the work we do is often physically strenuous. Ultimately, we reserve the right to restrict the assigned duties of any volunteer as we see fit. If you have any questions regarding the type of work you would best be suited for, please discuss with our volunteer coordinator.
We do at times accept volunteers who are under 18, but this is not always possible. If you are under 18, we will arrange a personal interview with you and your parent/guardian once we have received your application.
Our “ideal” volunteer should be able to commit to coming consistently on a given day each week for an indefinite period of time. When submitting your application, please indicate if this will not be possible for you — for instance, if you live too far away or have work conflicts. Being an “occasional” rather than regular volunteer won’t necessarily disqualify you. The most important quality in any potential volunteer is that you are accountable and responsible. We must be able to trust that you will follow all directions, come when we are expecting you, and communicate with us if there are any scheduling conflicts or other problems. The shifts normally last about three hours—see the application for approximate times—and you should plan to arrive on time and stay until all work is done. Again, let us know if this will not be possible.
Our volunteers perform a number of different tasks: preparing food, feeding and watering, cleaning enclosures, washing up bowls, conducting tours, taking animals for walks, construction/projects, running the gift shop, fundraising, and many more. You should expect your first several months of volunteering to involve fairly “menial” tasks with limited hands-on experience with the animals until you have been thoroughly trained. If there are certain tasks you would be especially interested in helping with, please let us know.
Thank you for your interest in helping us care for our wolves and wolfdogs! We look forward to hearing from you.