What a wonderful place to volunteer. Spending time with the animals and hearing their stories is a great experience everyone should have.
Amazing organization that provides each and every one of its rescued residents with compassion, providing them with a safe haven for the rest of their lives.
I've been volunteering with Wildwood for about 2.5 years now. The animals (we call them residents) are treated with the utmost respect and watched over so carefully. Who better to run a sanctuary than a vet tech? We all have very special bonds with the animals, which is evident in the way they give us trust and affection like any cat or dog would. We have a little corner of the world and we've decided to make it kinder for animals that people would otherwise think of as nothing more than objects. I love Wildwood.
Wildwood is the reason I became vegan. They do so much great work to ensure that the animals rescued are well taken care of and loved. They also are really great at being open and honest about what is happening with the world and what we can do.
I’ve been a weekly volunteer at Wildwood for some time now and it is the one thing in my week that I refuse to give up when I need to schedule something! The animals are amazing and so loved, the volunteer team cares deeply that they get exactly what they need but also what they enjoy individually! Shauna is absolutely incredible and works unbelievably hard. I can’t imagine my week without it. Talk about the perfect place to center myself and stay grounded. Plus, who doesn’t love goat kisses?!
Wonderful sanctuary benefiting animals and the environment.
I recently spent some time volunteering at this sanctuary and was impressed with the care and respect for the animals (as well as the volunteers). All the animals seemed relaxed and at home in the sanctuary. Their accommodations are well kept and clean (we were even cleaning windows in the chicken house!). It was clear the regular sanctuary workers and volunteers view the animals as fellow beings rather than property or commodities. They moved around the animals with care, spoke to them by name, and provided some information about their history. We were asked not to wear leather shoes as respect for the cows, and I learned that eggs laid by the rescued hens are disposed of rather than eaten as a gesture of not continuing to use the birds for human gain. During my time there, we mucked out a barn, stacked fresh hay, washed various feeders and equipment, and cleaned out the hen house. There were activities for a variety of abilities and ages. After the work was done, we got to feed watermelon to the chickens and play with the goats- they loved to be brushed. My understanding is this property has been in the owner’s family for several generations. She and her husband were both working with us during the volunteer work party, and they were friendly and thankful for everyone there. I feel my time and financial support of this sanctuary is truly put to good use.
I have volunteered here a handful of times for work parties and have enjoyed my experience so much that I am considering a weekly standing volunteer position. I greatly value my time at Wildwood knowing all of the animals there are someone, not something, and will get to live out their natural lives.
The sanctuary is truly beautiful, the animals receive amazing care, and best of all Wildwood does a spectacular job at promoting a compassionate lifestyle in a way that brings people in rather than pushing them away.
Great place to volunteer and learn about animals and ecology.
This is a piece of Heaven on Earth. The forest, fields, orchards, wildlife, rescued animals: every bit of life and nature is so lovingly protected and cared for here. Going there for a work party or an organized event is a way to refresh and recharge. The animals there have often come from horrifying conditions, and in this environment they thrive, make friends, and learn to trust humans. It's such important work, and truly an inspiration.