Equine Shelters – How Can You Help

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead

Shelters are important and they do important work. And they are always in need of help. There are many ways to offer assistance to shelters. Listed below are some opportunities, both paid and unpaid. Be creative. Identify your special skills, talents, areas of interest that may benefit others. Introduce yourself to a shelter and see where their needs and your skills may match.


Shelters need volunteers. They need your energy, your enthusiasm, your ideas and your commitment. On average, shelter owners that responded to a survey conducted at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine had one full-time employee, one part-time employee and nineteen volunteers per shelter. Only the very large shelters like the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah or Redwings in California were able to hire staff.

There are many ways to volunteer. Some shelters ask for a definite commitment; others can be less structured.

You can:

Offer Facilities or Donate Tack/Equipment

Offer Finances

Become Informed

Write A Letter, Make a Phone Call