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Volunteer Socializer- Animal Care

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Animal Socializer – Level 1, Mentored

Location: Animal Place’s Main Sanctuary, Grass Valley

Objectives: Companionship for rescued animals, developing trusting relationships, allows animals to be more open to human affection, and provides better educational opportunities for sanctuary guests.

Training and Supervision: Attend General Orientation and Socializer Training, reports to volunteer mentor and animal care staff upon check-in


  • Socialize with goats, rabbits, sheep, and chickens and provide them with human companionship
  • Options: feed them species-specific, staff-approved treats, talk to them, provide physical connection as allowed by individual animals, and groom them


  • Interest in working for and with farmed animals
  • Sensitive to behavioral cues of animals
  • Reliable and dependable
  • Strong communication and listening skills
  • Able to follow detailed instructions
  • Team player and self motivator
  • Committed to Animal Place’s mission and a desire to be a part of the Animal Place community

Time Commitment: Minimum of two 2-hour shifts per month for three months.

Shifts: Mon-Sat, anytime 10:00am-4:00pm, sign up on volunteer mentoring calendar

Benefits: Hang out with rescued farmed animals! Learn more about farmed animal behavior and the individual personalities and needs of sanctuary residents.