Volunteer

Be Our Hero!

Volunteers are the backbone of our program. We always have volunteer opportunities available. There are no words to describe the rewarding experience you will gain from becoming a Horse Protection volunteer.

Here is what Tamara Hoyland said after her first time participating as a Horse Protection volunteer:

I wanted to thank you for my “experience” at Horse Protection Association of Florida. I have been emotionally changed. When I left Saturday my feet were soaked, I was wet, dirty, and I loved every minute of it. I have not been able to stop thinking of Horse Protection and the team there and the enormous undertaking of this Association.

 

After reading all of the literature and newsletters, I was so moved by the stories, and the wonderful people involved and helping. I must tell you I was heartbroken by the story of the slaughterhouse, I had no idea, and the multiple stories of neglect, etc. I felt so insignificant, and what could I offer, what could I do, I do not have the talents or the experience of this team, but I feel I have to do something, anything!

 

I will be “campaigning” for Horse Protection for sponsorship and donations. I will talk to those I know. I will persuade others to support financially and hopefully make some difference.

 

I feel very “privileged” to volunteer and learn. I was thrown from a horse when I was a young girl and have never been back on. I have always loved horses and admired them but have not been around them since being a child. I hope to have the privilege to have horses someday, but have so much to learn and understand the responsibility and dedication it will take—that is one of the reasons I wanted to volunteer, to learn—and of course most importantly help.

– Tamara Hoyland

We welcome individuals and groups to volunteer. And if you’re not sure what you can do, but have a heart to help, contact us anyway! We’ll have a conversation about your interests and get you on a list for future opportunities.

A few of the possibilities…

Fostering

Can you provide a temporary home for a horse or horses in an emergency?

Thank you to Sandra Vann, one of our trainers, who offers significantly discounted training for our rescues. Shown here with Spirit. Out of the kindness of her heart, Sandra is fostering Pardner while her owner is in the hospital with pneumonia in hopes that his owner will recover and can be reunited with him.

Barn Help

Our farm staff welcomes volunteer help, especially on the weekends!

Take a Volun-Cation!

Not from around here? Don’t let that stop you!

Here’s Tamra and Matt from Texas. They stayed and helped us for three weeks!

Professional Gifts

Do you excel at carpentry, painting, pasture maintenance? Do you have legal, administrative, artistic, or marketing skills? Chances are, we have a project for you!

A retired FBI agent and friend to Horse Protection donates her services for Horse Protection’s background checks so that all of us, including the horses and donkeys can be safe and secure on our premises.

Help With Events

We can always use help setting up, cleaning up, and welcoming visitors when we have programs at the farm.

Training

We work with several natural horsemanship trainers whom we compensate for their time and effort. Many of them offer discounted services for the Horse Protection horses. If you are a trainer who would like to explore this truly rewarding way to give back, we welcome your inquiry.