Volunteers are the HEART of SAFE!

Are you interested in Volunteering with SAFE?

SAFE volunteers are the heart and soul of this organization. Every day of the week there are dedicated volunteers at the farm, ensuring that our horses have adequate food, water, and a clean living environment. Volunteering with SAFE is hard work, but it is extremely fun and rewarding as well. Please review the FAQ below carefully. After reading it, if you feel SAFE is a good fit for your volunteer time, please click on the link below to fill out our Volunteer Application:

Click here for the SAFE Volunteer Application


Where are you located?
SAFE is located on a private horse facility in Redmond WA. Please consider the commute distance carefully…not only time but the expense of gas as well.

How old do I have to be to volunteer?
Due to insurance requirements and liability concerns, the minimum age for volunteers is 16 years old. You should be able to drive and have reliable transportation.

How frequently do I need to volunteer?
We ask our volunteers to commit to a minimum of 1 volunteer shift per week…the same day every week.

I need volunteer hours for (school, work, court ordered community service). Can I complete them with SAFE?
Our volunteer program is not a good fit for one time or short term service. Because we expend resources in orienting, training, and scheduling new volunteers, we ask for a minimum 3 month commitment. If you are able to volunteer at least once per week for 3 months, we will provide you with written verification of your service hours.

I have an irregular work schedule, can I just let you know each month what days I am available?
No. Scheduling a group of 120+ volunteers to ensure that all of the horses’ daily needs are taken care of is an enormous challenge. Rotating schedules do not work well for our Volunteer Program (but keep reading, there are other ways to help!)

Can’t I just drop in randomly and help with whatever needs to be done?
No. Drop in volunteering does not work well for our Volunteer Program. However, volunteers with at least one regularly scheduled shift have the ability to add themselves to additional shifts when openings are available.

My employer offers corporate volunteer days, can we volunteer at SAFE?
Possibly! Depending on the number of people and the number of hours your group can volunteer, we may be able to tailor a special project for your group. Please email the volunteer coordinator at volunteer@safehorses.org to discuss the possibilities.

I have some physical limitations, can I still volunteer?
Feeding and caring for the horses requires that you be able to lift 50# or more. You need to be able to push a loaded wheelbarrow, carry full water buckets etc. Bad back, shoulder, knee? This is physically demanding work, and if you have restrictions this is not the job for you (but again, there are other ways to help, keep reading!)

I’m a very good rider, can I volunteer to ride the SAFE horses?
Generally speaking, SAFE does not offer volunteer riding opportunities. Most of our horses are very green, and many of them have physical or emotional scars from their neglect. SAFE employs professional training staff to provide careful, consistent training to bring the horses along to an adoptable state. If you are a professional trainer and would like to volunteer your services, please email our Operations Director, Terry Phelps‐Peddy, at terry@safehorses.org with a list of your experience/qualifications. A recent video demonstrating your riding may be requested and an in‐person evaluation will be required.

I just want to groom and love on the horses, do you need help with that?
Our horses are groomed regularly as part of our training process. Grooming positions are available to long term volunteers who have proven their dedication and reliability in a feeding/chore volunteer role. You would need to start as a chore volunteer to be considered for a grooming position.

Are there other ways to volunteer besides farm chores?
YES! We need a lot of behind the scenes help to keep the rescue running. We need volunteers to make phone calls for adoption reference checks, travel to potential adopters for site checks, work at our major fundraisers, provide administrative help with operations etc. Here is a guide to the SAFE Volunteer Opportunities: SAFE Volunteer Opportunities

I’m really busy and I don’t have a lot of time to give. I really want to help…what can I do?
Please consider becoming a monthly donor. Sponsor a horse for as little as $10 per month. A majority of our programs are financed by individual donors and this type of giving is just as critical to our success as the volunteers who scoop poop. Click here to become a monthly SAFE Sponsor!

I have a question not answered here, now what?
Our Volunteer Manager is happy to work with you to help determine where you best fit in. Please send an email to volunteer@safehorses.org.