See Below for COVID-19 Updates 

Some tips for volunteering at the Main Campus Ranch in Rio Rancho.

COVID-19 Updates- November 2020

Per the current public health order as of November 16th Volunteer Orientation has been cancelled until further notice. All in person volunteering has also been suspended. 

  • Volunteer Orientation has resumed. For more information on how to sign up please click HERE

  • Groups are limited to no more then 5 people

  • Per the State Health Order face coverings are REQUIRED while on the property.

  • All volunteers must be over the age of 18 at this time

Once you have attended a Saturday morning Volunteer Orientation, we can't wait for you to get started at the Ranch. We have so many opportunities! Whether you prefer walking dogs, or socializing with the cats and kittens in the Cattery, we are so excited you will be joining us!

The Ranch is an outdoor/indoor facility. As there are animals of all sizes, ages and temperaments on the Ranch, we ask that you please check in with the Ranch Team when you arrive.


For the safety of the animals, volunteers and staff, we have the following guidelines for our volunteers:


  • No Short Shorts (they must be mid thigh length)

  • Close Toed Shoes (No Flip Flops/No Sandals/No Ugg Style Boots)

  • No see through or revealing clothing

  • T-shirt style shirts are recommended

  • Dress in layers during the cooler months​

  • Bring sunscreen!


  • Great Attitude!! And a Smile!!

  • Bottled Water (hydration is important!)

  • Snacks (especially if you will be at the Ranch a good amount of time)

  • Sunscreen (especially during the summer)


  • Treats (our dogs are on diets and are well fed)

  • Personal Pets of any kind

  • Electronic Devices (we have plenty to keep you busy!)

  • No Ear Buds/Headphones- this is for your safety and the animals.

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Watermelon Mountain Ranch, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is New Mexico's Largest No-Kill Animal Shelter for homeless pets providing adoption, spay/neuter, and educational programs including Molly's Mercy Missions.

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