Per New Mexico State health order, our Orientation rules have been temporality modified:

  • Our Saturday Volunteer Orientations have resumed. For more information on how to sign up please click HERE

  • Groups are limited to no more then 5 people and reservations are required.

  • Per the State Health Order face coverings are required at all times 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:


  • Long pants or mid-thigh length shorts
    (no short-shorts)

  • Close-toed shoes (no flip-flops, sandals, or 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
    for a few hours)

  • Sunscreen (especially during the summer)


  • Treats (our pets 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 allowed - this is for your safety and the animals.


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