What makes a good volunteer?
1. Someone who understands that working with large animals, horses in particular, is entirely different than taking care of a housepet.
2. Someone who comes because their sense of animal welfare is keen and they are very compassionate by nature, willing to make sacrifices without expectations of reward.
3. Someone who has energy to give, ideas to offer and enough time not to feel that coming to work with the animals makes their world too busy.
4. Someone who, even though they may have experience in the business, is willing to learn different and new ways of doing things.
5. Someone who has the welfare of the animal foremost in their mind. Their personal ego is way down on the list. First comes the animal, then the organization and its mission, and then the personal interest.
6. Someone who is not afraid to ask for money from the community to help support the animal welfare operation and who shares his/her skills, such as writing, editing, computer knowledge, accounting, and, most of all, fundraising.
7. Someone who is willing to stay for a while and make the most of the experience and make it one to be remembered. Horses have so much to give and even cleaning up after them is aromatherapy!