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What we're about

At Rancho Compasión, we provide a home to previously neglected, exploited, and abused farm animals. Founded by Miyoko and Michael Schinner, their home and sanctuary is nestled in the bucolic town of Nicasio, California, surrounded by beautiful redwood trees, bountiful wildlife, and a rich farming culture. They open their home to a growing number of rescued animals with the support of compassionate family and volunteer caretakers. Volunteers will have opportunities to help with the animals, work on expansion and renovation projects, and attend special events. Volunteering at Rancho Compasión is lots of fun! Volunteers over the age of 13 are welcome, but minors must be accompanied by an adult and have a parent/guardian sign the waiver, listed below. We host monthly volunteer work days. There's lots of work to be done! We'll eat yummy vegan food, build play structures, expand living areas and pasture, clean the stalls, feed and give love to the animals, and much more. Our monthly volunteer days consist of working for the animals for a few hours in the gorgeous hills of Nicasio and then join together for a yummy potluck or lunch prepared by our host, Miyoko Schinner (did we mention Miyoko is the wonderkind behind Miyoko's Kitchen, the vegan cheese company, former owner of a vegan restaurant and vegan chef extraordinaire?). Come join us!

Are you a local? Our more regular volunteers come once or twice a week, (or more, depending on their schedule), and help out with mucking the stalls, feeding the animals, and, of course, to give them lots of love! Get in touch with us if you are interested in becoming a regular volunteer.

Please note all volunteers and visitors are required to sign a liability waiver ( ( We will cross reference your waiver with your Meetup profile. This requires your Meetup profile include your last name. We request you sign the waiver in advance to speed up the check-in process on the day of the event.

Rancho Compasion is a vegan facility and we ask that you not bring any animal products to the Ranch.

Please check out our website ( and consider donating ( We are a 501(c)(3) organization, which means your donations are tax deductible. As a pubic charity we must receive a majority of our funding from the public to retain our charitable status. Thank you!

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