5200 Escondido Canyon Road, Acton, CA
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One of my favorite childhood movies was about this cute babe. haha
If anyone likes farm animals or is vegetarian/vegan, then consider helping at a special shelter for chickens, pigs, sheep, goats, turkeys, ducks, geese, and cattle.
Twice a month (first & third Saturday), Farm Sanctuary (Animal Acres) has a "work party" where volunteers help with chores such as cleaning, raking, painting, and gardening.
Even though this is automatically posted here, please check with them directly to confirm if they are open on this date and register/RSVP with them.
Redundant reiteration: Signing up here on Meetup is insufficient. Signing up directly with Farm Sanctuary is required. If their event is canceled or full, then it helps to have a way for them to communicate with you. I don't want anyone to waste time driving a long distance to find out it's canceled/closed, so if anyone wants to help, please follow their instructions.
More info and instructions on how to sign up: www.farmsanctuary.org/get-involved/jobs-intern-volunteer/volunteer/monthly-volunteer-work-parties
From their website:
The Acton work parties are hosted on the first and third Saturday of each month, year round.
Work parties begin at 10 a.m., with a mandatory volunteer orientation, and end at 4 p.m.
All volunteers receive a complimentary tour of Farm Sanctuary during their visit.
Volunteers are encouraged to bring a vegan dish to share for a work party potluck lunch. This is a great time to get to know other compassionate individuals. If you have any questions about vegan food, please let us know and we would be happy to help.
Pre-registration is required and availability may be limited to 20 volunteers or less each month. Due to the nature of shelter work, we also may not be able to accommodate groups of 6 or more. Large groups will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
For important safety reasons, individuals aged 12 to 17 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in order to work inside any animal housing barns.
Children under 12 are not allowed to volunteer on the shelter.
If you are interested in participating in a Volunteer Work Party, please help us learn more about you and any special skills you would like to share by filling out a volunteer application. After we receive your application, one of Farm Sanctuary’s volunteer coordinators will contact you directly about signing up for an upcoming work party. You are welcome to encourage family and friends to join you in volunteering, however each person in your group does need to fill out the application in advance. Volunteer Work Party reservations are not confirmed until you are contacted by a Farm Sanctuary volunteer coordinator.
So if anyone wants to help, fill out their application and contact them in advance to sign up - [masked] or[masked]
This is kind of far, so if other members sign up, maybe coordinate with one another regarding carpooling.
I went a few years ago and it was fun picking up poop and cleaning the pens/barns and shoveling hay around. haha. And of course, seeing the animals up-close was fun too.
Tip: Wear clothes & shoes you don't mind getting dirty.
Something similar is The Gentle Barn in Santa Clarita - www.gentlebarn.org/get-involved/volunteer.html