What to Know

Volunteer Orientations
For new volunteers, please sign-up to attend a Volunteer Orientation. Click here to learn how.

Volunteer Application Options

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Dog and Cat Socialization 

  • Become a Foster Parent

  • Manual Labor for Ranch Projects

  • Going to the Dogs Resale Store - Bernalillo
    (help sort, display and sell merchandise)

  • Going to the Dogs Resale & Adoption Center -Cottonwood Mall 

  • (assist with adoptions of smaller pets, help sort, sell and display merchandise) 

Volunteer Guidelines

What to bring, what to wear and how to stay safe.

Court Ordered Community Service Information

Click here 


for the animals

COVID-19 Updates-November 2020

THANK YOU to all the volunteers who continue to help at the Ranch over the last few months. It means the world to us and the animals in our care. 

Volunteer Orientation has resumed with modified guidelines. For more information please click here

Per the State Health Order face coverings are required at all times while on property.

Volunteer groups are limited to no more than 5 people at this time. 

Each year 1000's of animals enter the gates of Watermelon Mountain Ranch looking for a second chance. Dogs and cats that may not have always been shown kindness in their past, come with hope in their hearts. 

We could not continue our life saving work without our volunteers. Volunteers are essential to all we do, from caring for the animals at our main facility, helping at special events, assisting in the office and so much more!

To learn more about our Volunteer program, attend a Volunteer Orientation at the Ranch on Saturdays at noon. Take a full tour of the property and learn all about the various volunteer opportunities the Ranch, Going to the Dogs (and cats) resale shops and adoption centers have to offer!


  • If you are volunteering for school/community benefits please attend one of our Saturday orientations.

  • If you would like to volunteer as a group (school, church, company, scouts, etc.) please contact our volunteer coordinator to set-up a tour and project, email  volunteerwmr@gmail.com 

DIRECTIONS TO RANCH: Follow GPS to "Cleveland High School" in Rio Rancho, then follow the signs to the dirt road.