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Volunteer Gali Neufeld took a break from cleaning to hang with Marley, Lennon and Miambi.

Volunteer Gali Neufeld took a break from cleaning to hang with Marley, Lennon and Miambi.

Why watch CNN at the gym when you could be burning calories lifting 3 cowpies on a shovel!

Over 200 rescued farmed animals call Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary home and we invite you to become a member of our sanctuary family too! WFAS depends on volunteers to make our daily operations, rescue, education and advocacy efforts possible.

The shelter animals need to be fed, watered and have their barns cleaned 7 days a week and with the staff busy doing all that we need extra help with cleaning.

Typical volunteer activities include: mucking barns, coops, raking and pasture cleaning.  Parents and/or guardians who would like to bring children under the age of 16 please note that we require your presence for the duration of the child’s volunteer-time.  For the sake of safety and productivity, we respectfully request that all volunteers be over the age of 12 – or at least strong enough to wield a shovel or rake!

playvideoWe recommend contacting us by filling out the form below at least a few days beforehand to let us know your volunteer interests and availability.  We ask for a commitment of at least 3 hours of work (starting any time after 9:30), but you can stay until dusk if you like!  We can also be reached at 845-679-5955 but please only call between 9 – 5, we are farm folk and go to bed early!

check_availability200Bring clothes & shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty (we’ll supply the pitchforks), and work gloves if you have them. The work is mainly outdoors, so check the weather forecast for zip code 12495, and wear rugged shoes, a hat and sunscreen as needed. If you’re staying for many hours we encourage you to pack a brown bag lunch — no meat or dairy please, out of respect for the animals.  

Also, if you’re coming with a group of volunteers we’ll need more advance notice.  School and community groups are welcome but we have super-strict town requirements about the use of vehicles larger than a 16-passenger van (like school buses) so make SURE to talk to a human being here at the farm. See our group visit page for more info.

We invite you to see our Visiting Page for driving directions, bus information, restaurants and accommodations.

Though we always appreciate it when people from out of town volunteer with us for a length of time, we are currently unable to offer room and board for volunteers and we are not affiliated with WWOOF.  However, there are a variety of other accommodations in the surrounding area.

Gali brushes Joy

Gali brushes Joy (photo: Derek Goodwin)


Volunteers are needed year-round!