Volunteering at a Nonprofit Animal Rescue, NY, USA

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  • Description

    Description

    Our Animal Ranch & Rescue was founded to rescue animals in need to rehab and rehome them or let them life out their life here in safety in peace, as well as revive this fallow land in a sustainable way through regenerative farming with farm animals that will live happily every day of their life.

    The Rescue was founded only a year ago when I moved to this farm in Upstate NY and has in only 15 months rescued 2 dogs and their 7 puppies, over 20 cats, 3 horses, 4 donkeys, 2 hinnies (pony mom and donkey dad), 3 ducks, several roosters and countless little wildlife babies that we typically transfer to a wildlife rehabber. The Ranch is home to grazing goats and cattle (Scottish Highlanders) to revive that farmland that had been laying fallow for the better part of 20 years.

    I welcome true volunteers who are willing to make a difference. The rescue is still pretty new and almost completely financed by myself, in summer with additional income through dog sitting. I ask volunteers to care for their own lunch/dinners while I provide Bed & Breakfast. If there are bigger projects like carpentry etc then it will be full board but due to the lack of funding I have to keep expenses at a minimum.

    As long as the farm animals are grazing it's an easy job:
    In the morning I let the dogs out as I open up the duck coop and then continue to the big barn which houses the chicken coop. I open all three barn doors, make sure the chickens have feed and water, throw them some scratch grain and maybe worms. Then I go to make sure the horses and cattle have water and continue on to the creekside barn and pastures where the hinnies and donkeys live together with the old man Rocky, a 34 year old horse. He decided he wanted to stay with the donkeys after his pasture buddy passed. When these little ones are all set I take the dogs for a walk around the property which features a couple of trails up to 2.5 miles long. Back home I feed the kitties and pups. The cats are in-and-out and come as they please with their humans being their door openers ;D
    As long as the equines and cattle have grass to graze the animals are all set until in the evening when I put feed and water in the duck coop before bringing them in and closing them up, then I make sure all chickens are inside their coop and close all barn doors, check on horse and cattle water and then feed old man Rocky special senior food and some hay for the donkeys and hinnies.
    The goats are currently on the hillside grazing and their fencing needs to be moved every few days, they also get a bag of hay in the evening.
    Should there not be enough grass for the horses and cattle to graze then they need hay in the morning and evening.
    The dogs typically follow me on my barn chores, they are very well behaved and don't ever take off, they are always off leash and friendly to everyone and everything.
    Animals need care every day, so this is not a fixed mo-fri job, things come up and happen, so I ask that my volunteers can be flexible (e.g. all the cattle broke out memorial day when my volunteer was supposed to be off but she agreed to take her day off the next day)

    If you are into animals this is the place to be. you can spend as much or little time with them as you like. All animals here are friendly and most of them love to cuddle and get attention

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will enjoy a wonderful stay with lots of love from the animals and satisfaction from helping these sweet souls. The Ranch & Rescue is located in a side valley of the beautiful Butternut Valley which is a magical and peaceful place. If you love nature and animals then this is the place for you. Working with the animals is so rewarding and helping save lives is the best feeling ever.
    I lived in Germany for most of my life before moving to the US in 2015 and rescue-rehabbing dogs in Florida before starting the Ranch & Rescue in 2021. I have traveled worldwide extensively in my previous professional life and love meeting people from all over the world. Now I am a beginning rancher and despite having taken courses most days I am winging it and could write a book on how/what not to do while I am in a constant learning process.

    There are trails on the 190 ac property to walk or ride on. The creek that’s running along the property line can serve as a welcome refreshment on hot days although during a dry spell it gets pretty low.
    Gilbertsville, only 7 min by car, has a wonderful artisan bakery which was rated the #1 bakery in upstate NY this spring.
    Cooperstown, 40 min by car, has the Baseball Hall of Fame.
    Norwich, 20 min, has a Classic Car Museum.
    Oneonta 20 min

  • Help

    Help

    The Ranch & Rescue were founded in spring of 2021 with minimum infrastructure on land that has lain fallow for almost 2 decades. There are horses, mules and donkeys, cats and dogs in the rescue, there are Scottish Highlanders, goats and chickens at the Ranch (as of 11/21). The farm animals are kept as natural as possible in herds and flocks out in pastures and are rotationally grazed. The goats and cows' job is to revive the land through grazing which requires moving fences every so often until permanent fences can be build.

    As long as the farm animals are grazing it's an easy job:
    In the morning I let the dogs out as I open up the duck coop and then continue to the big barn which houses the chicken coop. I open all three barn doors, make sure the chickens have feed and water, throw them some scratch grain and maybe worms. Then I go to make sure the horses and cattle have water and continue on to the creekside barn and pastures where the hinnies and donkeys live together with the old man Rocky, a 34 year old horse. He decided he wanted to stay with the donkeys after his pasture buddy passed. The barn and the outside shelters need to be cleaned of muck.
    Then I take the dogs for a walk around the property which features a couple of trails up to 2.5 miles long. Back home I feed the kitties and pups. The cats are in-and-out and come as they please with their humans being their door openers ;D
    The goats are currently on the hillside grazing and their fencing needs to be moved every few days, they also get a bag of hay in the evening.

    Evening chores: I put feed and water in the duck coop before bringing them in and closing them up, then I make sure all chickens are inside their coop and close all barn doors, check on horse and cattle water and then feed old man Rocky special senior food and some hay for the donkeys and hinnies. A last walk around the barns with the dogs and making sure the cats are set with food.

    There are a couple cats living in the old barn that need to be fed every other day.

    Should there not be enough grass for the horses and cattle to graze then they'd need hay in the morning and evening.
    The dogs typically follow me on my barn chores, they are very well behaved and don't ever take off, they are always off leash and friendly to everyone and everything.

    The house needs to be kept clean and tidy, there are several cats and at least 3 dogs at a time in the house so vacuuming is necessary a couple of times a week and occasional floor cleaning.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Beginner
    Italian: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    I am German born and lived in Germany for most of my life. In my previous career I traveled all over Europe and other parts of the world and I previously learned French and Italian but since I haven't used these two languages in years my knowledge has gotten basic. I loved to travel other countries and cultures and miss that part of my previous life a bit.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    The farm house has a guest room with a separate bathroom/shower. The downstairs area (kitchen, dining- and living room) are common spaces.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    This area is for anyone who loves nature and the outdoors. We are quite rural yet Gilbertsville, which is just a 7 min drive, is a very artsy town and has a wonderful artisan bakery. Morris has a great ice cream shop open during the summer. There is lots of State Land and are many creeks and rivers, as well as lakes within an hour's drive. Best towns within 90 min drive are Oneonta, Cooperstown and Ithaca, Binghampton and Albany, the Catskills are only an hour drive and Syracuse is just under 2 hours drive. It's 3.5h to Manhattan.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    The farm house has a guest room with a separate bathroom, but it also has an office space and high speed internet. There is no cell service in this valley so only wifi-service.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This being a farm there are several spots to park an RV although WIFI reception is only near the farm house.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This being an Animal Ranch & Rescue I always welcome pets that are well behaved and socialized although they might have to be leashed until they are used to not chase/kill the chickens and cats (nor any other animals)

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    One

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    Hours expected

    approx. 5 hours a day approx. 5 days/week

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