Thanks for your interest in volunteering with Oregon Horse Rescue! Volunteers play a very important role in non-profit work and we are so grateful for all the wonderful volunteer crews that have come out to help us care for the rescue horses.
As a volunteer at OHR, you’ll build new networks and connect with other animal lovers in the community. You can feel good serving a greater purpose by helping horses in need and giving back. You might get a little dirt on your boots and find that working in barns and around horses is not only great exercise, but provides a valuable opportunity to develop your equine skill set and learn more about horse care.
What Kind of Volunteer Are You?
There are two ways to become involved as a volunteer— regular volunteer shifts or one-time group volunteering.
Regular volunteers are responsible, empathetic, and committed individuals who aren’t afraid to get dirty and work hard. Regular volunteers pick from various afternoon and evening shifts offered two days a week. All shifts are chosen and assigned through our YourVolunteers platform (details below).
Interested volunteers who cannot commit to regular visits don’t have to miss out on the fun, either. By filling out our Volunteer Interest Form on this page (below), your name will be added to our volunteer email list and you will be contacted when we have one-time group volunteer opportunities, such as fixing fences or helping with events.
Please note that due to liability, we can only welcome volunteers who are 18 years of age or older at this time.
If you would like to become a volunteer with Oregon Horse Rescue in any capacity, please complete Steps 1 and 2. Those wishing to become regular volunteers should complete all steps (1-4).
1. Fill out the Volunteer Interest Form available on this page. This provides us with your basic contact information and helps us understand your interest and familiarity with horses.
2. Submit a signed release form. To assure the safety of both horses and volunteers, all volunteers should download, sign, and return our Volunteer Release form. Please send these digitally to email@example.com, or you can print and mail your release to our office address.
Regular Volunteers should also:
3. Register as an OHR volunteer on YourVolunteers. YourVolunteers is our management platform for our volunteer program. It will show available shift dates and times and will be the primary way that you schedule yourself for orientation and future volunteer work. Shifts are scheduled based on type (orientation, grooming, barn chores, etc.) Sign up using this link or by clicking the button.
4. Attend a New Volunteer Orientation. We host these on the last Saturday of the month and you must sign up in advance by scheduling yourself for orientation on YourVolunteers. Please assign yourself to the orientation shift date you would like to attend—regular shifts will be available to new volunteers after they have completed orientation.
Select the orientation date that you wish to attend using the “shifts” function on YourVolunteers not the setup wizard
***IMPORTANT*** PLEASE email firstname.lastname@example.org with any issues signing up for orientation or shifts
Orientation is held at our facility address not our publicly listed office address
Details will be sent out the week of orientation via email
Next orientation dates:
Due to Aug 31st falling during Labor Day Weekend, the next orientation will take place on Saturday September 28th from 3-4 pm.
Frequently Asked Questions About Volunteering:
Q) How Should I Dress?
Please wear closed-toed shoes (boots, tennis shoes, etc.)
Long pants are recommended
Avoid baggy clothing that may get caught on gate latches, tack, or otherwise problematic places
Sunscreen, hats, and work gloves may be useful during a volunteer shift
We advise that anyone working horses wear an FEI approved helmet
Q) What kind of interaction can I have with the horses? (Dependent on experience and approval)
Grooming and bathing
Hand-walking and grazing
Lunging and desensitizing
Basic medical treatment
Q) What other projects can I help with for the horses?
Picking paddocks, dragging arena
Removing rocks from turnouts
Cleaning and filling water buckets and troughs
Farm cleanup and organization
Stacking hay bales and filling grain bins
Q) How can I help if I'm not interested in interacting with the horses?
Provide farm labor for non-specialized projects
Organize or work an event
Volunteer a service or skill
Donate an item for auction
Host or coordinate a fundraiser
Solicit in-kind donations and discounts
Look for “non-scheduled shifts” on YourVolunteers
Spread the word about our org!
Volunteer Resources: (All items are clickable links)
Volunteer Shift Tasks
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