Why watch CNN at the gym when you could be burning calories throwing hay bales and building fences? Who cares how much you can bench-press when the real challenge is lifting 3 cow pies 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. If you wish to volunteer and you are under age 16, you will need a parent or guardian present for your first few volunteer experiences at the sanctuary.
We 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!
Bring 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.