Become a Volunteer
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Become part of the team! We here at So Cal Mini are always looking for eager helpers to help us with the day-to-day operation of the sanctuary. If you are interested in helping, please complete the contact form below and someone will get back to you to organize your orientation.
So Cal Mini is home to over 60 minis and other animals. While we appreciate every person who wishes to volunteer, we cannot accept volunteers that are not willing to dedicate at least a month to volunteering — one day per week for a month is our minimum.
Each volunteer must go through training on the ins and outs of mini care and general sanctuary upkeep. We simply do not have time to train a one-day volunteer.
Mini horses may be small, but they are still horses and can weigh upwards of 300 pounds! While they may look cute and cuddly, they can get rowdy and that can be dangerous for those unfamiliar being around horses and especially children. Some of our minis have come from abusive homes and we are working tirelessly to resocialize them, so treating the minis with the utmost care and patience is required — volunteering is not a game.
As such, So Cal Mini cannot accept volunteers age 16 or under without an accompanying adult or guardian present at all times, preferably volunteering as well.
So Cal Mini Horse Sanctuary is a working sanctuary. There will be dirt, bugs, mud, and poo, lots of poo. The following cannot be worn while volunteering at So Cal Mini:
- Open-toed shoes, sandals, or flipflops
- Ribbons or articles of clothing that wave loosely
- Loose jewelry and/or jewelry you mind losing
- Clothing you mind damaging or getting dirty
Volunteers are tasked with a myriad of duties around the sanctuary. These duties consist of any of the following:
- Cleaning stables
- Cleaning the field
- Giving minis a bath
- Putting on fly masks
- Moving minis to different areas/pens
- Helping organize tools/ropes/etc. . .
- Helping organize feed on feed delivery days
- Moving corrals
- Fixing misc. items
- Misc. tasks