We want to help as many animals as possible.

Helping people to go vegan is the most effective thing you and other compassionate individuals can do to help animals. In just one hour distributing vegan literature or sharing videos, you can save dozens of animals!

Why imagine it all happening behind the scenes when you can take part in the action! There’s always a lot to do here that will keep you busy and benefit the animals in a tangible way.

Over 170+ rescued animals call Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue home. We need 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!

Volunteer Hours

The volunteer hours run from 9:00 am-5:00 pm. We respectfully request a minimum commitment of 3 hours, but you can work the whole day if you’d like! Please arrive 15 min early so we can get started on time. If a situation arises where you will be arriving late or need to cancel last minute, please call us at 973-721-4437  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.

Special Needs

If you have any special needs or service animals, please contact us directly at 973-721-4437 so we can plan volunteer activities for you ahead of time.

Sign Up Now!

Please fill out the form below at least 5 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 us at 973-721-4437.  To volunteer with a group larger than 4, please give 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 07461 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.

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.  However, there are a variety of other accommodations in the surrounding area.