Volunteering at Big Ears Animal Sanctuary

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Being a volunteer is not glamourous, it involves hard work, getting dirty, working in all types of weather. You will get attached to the animals and it will be sad when it is their time to pass. You will hear stories of animals and their backgrounds that will break your heart. There will be cold mornings and wet mornings and you may not want to get out of bed, but we need people who can get up and come as promised because you are letting the animals and your fellow volunteers down by not committing to your decision to volunteer.

Of course there is also a lot of good as well, being part of a team that cares about animals, you will make new friends and be among like-minded people. You will have the pleasure of getting to know animals and make friends with them and to help make their lives comfortable and kept to a very high standard which we all expect – especially the animals.

If this hasn’t put you off then we would love to hear from you. We work on a roster base system as we must always have a certain number of people per day to cover all the jobs that must be done each day. However, we always have more work to do than can be done in a day such as maintenance work.

Some of the jobs include

Sorting the food bins and feeding the animals

Cleaning and filling water bowls in the 110 rabbit paddocks

Preparing and feeding the special needs animals

Cleaning cages and pens of poop and old food

Brushing animals

Helping provide health care

Washing up and washing bedding etc

Socialising with the animals

Painting kennels, shelters


We are flexible with start time and hours but in winter months volunteers must be off the property by 5.00pm.  This is for OH&S reasons in the darker months.

Also please be mindful that the Sanctuary is also the home of the co-founders who live here permanently.

Volunteer Positions Vacant

Friday and Sunday each week. We are looking for people who can start at 9.30 – 10.00am and work for 4 to 5 hours.

Groups of volunteers to do targeted specific tasks like cleaning out shelters or brushing all the equines etc.

If you are interested please send us an email at bj2103@bigpond.com

What do we ask of you

Your commitment

Your love of animals

You will get to work autonomously and as part of a team

We do ask you don’t eat any animal products whilst you are here, for example no ham sandwiches. We do provide water, tea and coffee facilities and a fridge and an area for you to have your morning tea and lunch as well as a beautiful new bathroom.

Your responsibility is to tell us if you have any health issues etc you will undergo an induction and training from experienced volunteers.  It is also your responsibility to let us know if you do not wish to volunteer anymore.  Please don’t just disappear never to be heard from again, we understand that this job isn’t for everyone.

Group volunteering is also a great way to help. Get together a group for a few hours and we can arrange some targeted work for you all to do such as cleaning up the shelters and putting in new sawdust, cleaning paddocks of pony and donkey poop etc all whilst the animals try to help you out and insist on some loving.

1st Sep 09 047     Hay time Brett and PigSarah