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Skylands Sanctuary

A place for them, a place for hope

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Animal Defenders for Life

Mike started Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue with one tiny piece of land and a few small animals. That tiny piece of land grew to become an entire farm full of rescued souls. These animals are rescued from slaughterhouses, live markets, farms, extreme neglect, abuse, religious ceremonies, abandonment, and are even found wandering streets…

No matter where they are from or from what dire circumstances they escape, they are provided with proper veterinary care, the best foods, water, a safe place to live, eat and sleep as well as lots of love around the clock.

Every animal requires room to run and live unencumbered by the threat of harm and each one gets exactly what they need here at the Skylands Sanctuary.

We want to help as many animals as possible.

Helping people to go vegan is the most effective thing you and other compassionate individuals can do to help animals. In just one hour distributing vegan literature or sharing videos, you can save dozens of animals!

Why imagine it all happening behind the scenes when you can take part in the action! There’s always a lot to do here that will keep you busy and benefit the animals in a tangible way.

Over 170+ rescued animals call Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue home. We need volunteers each day to make our daily operations possible.

Volunteer Activities

Typical volunteer activities include mucking barns and coops, raking, and pasture cleaning.  Many of the animals will come visit you while you complete your tasks but please remember that some tasks might not include much animal interaction.  Volunteering is physically intensive, so expect to get a good workout!

Volunteer Hours

The volunteer hours run from 9:00 am-5:00 pm. We respectfully request a minimum commitment of 3 hours, but you can work the whole day if you’d like! Please arrive 15 min early so we can get started on time. If a situation arises where you will be arriving late or need to cancel last minute, please call us at 973-721-4437  ASAP.

Age Restrictions

For safety and liability purposes, all volunteers must be at least 14 years of age, no exceptions. Volunteers who are ages 14 or 15 will need parent/guardian supervision for the duration of the day.

Special Needs

If you have any special needs or service animals, please contact us directly at 973-721-4437 so we can plan volunteer activities for you ahead of time.

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