Our horse and farm animal volunteer program is deeply rooted in the community. It relies on the generous support of volunteers to extend their skills and ability to provide care and support to vulnerable farm animals that are rescued or surrendered into our care. Horses and farm animals come into the care of the BC SPCA primarily through cruelty investigation seizures and surrenders, and when found roaming at large in areas where we hold municipal bylaw contracts.
We have three locations that house and provide care to farm animals across BC
- Good Shepherd Barn – In Surrey/Lower Mainland BC
- Kelowna Adoption & Recovery Barn – Kelowna/ Okanagan BC
- Seasted Stables – Nanaimo/Vancouver Island BC
There are many opportunities volunteers can become involved in, depending on their ability and experience with farm animals.
Horse and Farm Animal Volunteer Program
Volunteers help us provide care for horses and farm animals by:
- Cleaning stalls, paddocks and other farm animal environments
- Cleaning water and feed buckets
- Sweeping, cleaning and organizing the barn
- General grounds work
- Extending care and socialization to animals that are vulnerable and require rehabilitation
Farm Animal Foster Care Program
Join our team of horse and farm animal foster care volunteers, who provide a safe, caring and comfortable environment for animals to recover and thrive. We cover the costs of feed, veterinary care and other professional services as needed, as well other supplies as needed on a case-by-case basis. We rely on our fosters to diligently monitor and document the care of their foster animals and assist in the re-homing process by meeting with potential adopters. Horses and farm animals are usually in foster care for approximately two weeks to upwards of six months. We welcome both short and long term foster applicants into our program.
Farm Animal Transport Program
Are you an experienced horse or livestock hauler and want to help farm animals in need? We rely on haulers to transport horses and farm animals to our facilities, vet clinics and to fosters when coming into care across the province.