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

Over 340 rescued farmed animals call Woodstock Farm Sanctuary home. We need approximately 4 to 8 volunteers each day to make our daily operations possible.

Volunteer Activities

Typical volunteer activities include mucking barns and coops, raking, and pasture cleaning.  Many of the animals will come visit you while you complete your tasks but please remember that some tasks might not include much animal interaction.  Volunteering is physically intensive, so expect to get a good workout!  By the way, if you’d rather just hang out with animals, please check out our weekend visiting page.

Volunteer Hours

The volunteer hours run from 10:15am-4:00pm. We respectfully request a minimum commitment of 3 hours, but you can work the whole day if you’d like! Our volunteer orientation begins promptly at 10:15am to go over safety rules and assign tasks for the day, so please arrive 15 min early so we can get started on time. If you miss 10:15 orientation, you will not be able to volunteer. If a situation arises where you will be arriving late or need to cancel last minute, please email us at ASAP.

Age Restrictions

For safety and liability purposes, all volunteers must be at least 14 years of age, no exceptions. Volunteers who are ages 14 or 15 will need parent/guardian supervision for the duration of the day.

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Special Needs

If you have any special needs or service animals, please contact us directly at so we can plan volunteer activities for you ahead of time.

Ready to Sign Up?

Please check our Volunteer Availability Calendar and then fill out the form below at least 2 business days prior to the date you are requesting to volunteer. With our current staff and resources we can only support a limited number of volunteers each day, so please provide us with an alternative date that you’d like to volunteer. Please be sure to check your spam folder for our responses, and if you have not heard back from us within 48 hours at any point during the sign-up process, please call Todd at 845-247-5700 ext 117.  To volunteer with a group larger than 4, please email us at with at least two weeks notice.

Useful Tips 

Bring clothes & boots that are weatherproof and that you don’t mind getting muddy, and work gloves if you have them. Check the weather forecast for zip code 12440 and dress appropriately. Rugged boots (not sneakers) are a must and don’t forget your sunglasses and sunscreen. We encourage you to pack a vegan brown bag lunch — no meat or dairy please, out of respect for the animals.  

Please note that diseases occur naturally among farm animals. Although the chances of such diseases occurring in a factory farm are greater than they are at a sanctuary with standards as high as ours, it can still happen. And some such diseases can be transmitted from animals to humans. Pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems are at higher risk. Pregnant women should not handle calves, kids (baby goats) or lambs younger than four months old, or mother animals who have given birth in the previous four weeks. Volunteers working directly with animals or in areas where animals live and produce waste should wear gloves and face masks. All visitors and volunteers should practice excellent hygiene after performing such work, by thoroughly washing their hands and scrubbing the bottoms of their shoes with antibacterial agents – especially prior to touching their faces or eating. And ideally, it’s a good idea to change clothes before spending time back in your home after a visit to the sanctuary.

Though we always appreciate it when people from out of town volunteer with us, 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.