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for the animals

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!

Summer Volunteer Guidelines

-Reusable water bottle highly recommended

-No dog walking when temps are over 90 degrees (too hot for their paws) If you would like to walk dogs please arrive shortly after 8am.

-Alternatives to dog walking are baths, brushing, socializing 

-As we are on the mesa, we have seen an uptick in snake sightings...please be safe and alert the Ranch Team if you see a snake

- Wear Sunscreen


  • 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 

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


What to Know

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

Volunteer Application 

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Guidelines

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

Court Ordered Community Service Information

Click here 

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