New Volunteer Orientation
“It’s a horse rescue, but we’re also a people rescue… We see people change their lives after being here…There’s a reason they all come here to volunteer” - Cheryl Flanagan
ALL volunteers MUST attend a Volunteer Orientation.
Save the Horses has established guidelines and standards to provide for the safety and comfort of both volunteers and the horses in our care. These guidelines are set forth in the Volunteer Orientation and Volunteer Handbook and must be followed precisely.
The Orientation will answer most of your questions. However always feel free to ask for clarification of a policy or procedure.
Join Us at the Next Volunteer Orientation - It's Free!
Learn about the rescue, take a tour and meet the animals and hear how you can help us help the animals.
What dates and how long?: The New Volunteer Orientation is held the second Saturday of every momth from 9AM to 11AM. It takes place on our farm at 1768 Newt Green Road in Cumming GA 30028. It is held under a covered pavilion so it is a rain or shine event.
What is the cost?: There is no cost, its free. Donations to the non profit rescue, however, are always welcome.
Experience needed: No experience required. Our volunteers range from never working with a horse before to experienced trainers/competitors.
What will I learn at the Orientation?: Learn about the rescue, the animals, and how you can help.
Take a tour and meet the animals (there are about 50 horses on this farm location as well as other animals!), visit the petting zoo (with miniature horses, goats, pigs, sheep, ducks and chickens). Learn about the help we need. For example, in addition to feed and barn chores, we also need help with PR, SEO, graphic design, outreach, corporate sponsorships, filing, etc.
What is the age requirement?: All ages are welcome. Kids of all ages are welcome as long as they are supervised at all times. Children 16 years or younger must come with an adult. Note that children under the age of 16 must have an adult supervisor at all times while volunteering on our farm.
What is the dress code?: Wear closed toe shoes (no sandals, flip flops or steel toed boots) on the farm. To volunteer, wear clothes you don't mind getting wet or dirty. Note that the farm can get muddy so consider low heeled boots for wet or rainy days.
Where do I register?: Click the register button above.
Where do I park?: Park in the driveway (on the right hand side) and walk through the gate straight ahead towards the Pavilion.
What happens if it rains?: This is a rain or shine event. The Orientation is held under a covered Pavilion but if it rains, it will be held in the barn.
What should I bring: Complete and print the Liability Waiver and bring it with you to the Orientation. If you can't, don't worry - we will have blank copies for you. Note: No one is able to approach the animals without first submitting a completed waiver. If you wish, you can bring a pen or pencil if you would like to take notes.
When can I start volunteering?: Immediately if you choose. After the Orientation, attendees are encouraged to stay and work. Make sure to wear sturdy, closed toed shoes. No sandals, flip flops or steel toed boots. Sneakers or low heeled boots are ideal. Also wear clothes you don't mind getting wet and/or dirty.
Can I bring my dog?: No. No outside pets are allowed on the property.
When I start volunteering, what help is needed?: Other than barn chores, we also need help with...
Farm Operations: Handy/maintenance work. Mowing, gardening/ landscaping, fence, equipment and other repairs, building/construction, painting, etc.
Non-Horse Volunteer Opportunities: Public relations (community outreach), grant writing, marketing, fundraising, graphics, website design and office cleaning and administration. Let us know if you have skills in any of these areas.
Can I complete my community service at your farm?
Yes. We are a registered 501(c)(3). Ensure you sign in your time in the log book and let your leand know that you are there for community service.
What is in it for me?: Read some of our volunteer comments:
"Brings absolute joy to my life. "
"I love volunteering at STH!"
"I enjoy everything about the rescue. I wish I had more time to spend out there. I have met the best people."
What if I have questions?: Please contact us.
Read about some of our volunteers here: Meet Our Volunteers
Eight Reasons to Volunteer
Save the Horses
(Horse Rescue Relief & Retirement Fund, Inc.)
The Horse Rescue, Relief & Retirement Fund is a registered 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
TAX ID: 58-2479748
P.O. Box 1123, Ball Ground, GA 30107.
1768 Newt Green Road, Cumming, GA 30028.
Email: info (at) savethehorses.org