Want to help out at the sanctuary and see what it is really like caring for over 250 rescued animals? Come along to one of our dedicated volunteer days. You do not need to register before the day but if you are a part of a large or special needs group we would appreciate notification beforehand to ensure we can accommodate you. The days start around 9.30am and finishes around 4.00pm. We ask that all volunteers report to the volunteer volunteer co-ordinator on the day, sign in on arrival (and out when you leave) and for first time volunteers we ask that you complete a volunteer registration form.
Please note that if this is your first time volunteering at the farm we ask for you to be at the sanctuary at 9.30am for a 10am induction.
We work through all the elements Mother Nature can throw at us so please be prepared. Bring a hat, sunscreen and your own gloves if you wish (we can supply them, so don’t panic if you do not have any). Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty as we are sure the pigs will want to personally autograph every inch of you! And dress for the prevailing (and not so prevailing) weather conditions. Sturdy footwear is a must and even better if waterproof.
There are no canteen facilities on site and the nearest town is some distance away so please come prepared with your own food, snacks and drinks. We ask that out of respect for our rescued animal residents no meat products are brought on to the sanctuary grounds.
As this is a working farm, with mechanical and animal activities we advise against small children partaking in volunteer days. Most of our volunteer tasks involve manual labour and heavy lifting, therefore they may not be suitable for children.
Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian whilst on Edgar’s Mission grounds.
Please note children must be a minimum of 10 years to volunteer at the farm.
If you are injured please report such to our volunteer volunteer co-ordinator who will attend to you and log the details in our incident report book. If you see an animal or something which appears odd or in the wrong place again please report this also.
We encourage interaction with the animals but due to the size of the pigs and cows request that volunteers do not go in with these animals unless specifically requested to do so, as in a contest between your toe and a large animal’s hoof, our money is on the hoof! And regardless of what the pigs tell you, they are on strict diets and under no circumstances are they to be fed. It is really important that we monitor what they eat. Feel free to bring along treats for all the other animals and these include;
- goats & cows wheetbix, cut apples and carrots, bread (not too much)
- sheep & alpaca wheetbix, bread (not too much)
- horses carrots, apples
- poultry corn on the cob, melons (of all varieties), leafy greens including lettuce & bok choy
- rabbits bok choy, fresh cut grass (no lawn clippings please)
We greatly appreciate and value our volunteers giving up their time to help our cause and would appreciate your feedback. Directions to Edgar’s Mission can be found here.
If you have any queries please email Kyle.