We welcome visitors and volunteers at the ranch. There's nothing
like seeing disabled animals first-hand to appreciate how
special they really are.
The sanctuary is open for visits from June through
October on the 1st and 3rd weekends of the month.
Visiting hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on those weekends. All
visits are by appointment only.
The sanctuary is closed for visits from November through
May and also on major holidays
If you'd like to come out for a visit, please call at least
a week in advance to schedule a time. We cannot accommodate
drop-in or unscheduled visitors. When you call to schedule
a visit, we'll give you directions on how to get here.
What To Wear
The saying goes that in Montana, there are two seasons: winter
and July. So you can expect almost any kind of weather. We
notice that visitors often find it is colder and windier here
than they expect. We are generally 10 to 15 degrees colder
than Missoula or Helena. This is a ranch in a high-country
setting, so please wear or bring appropriate clothing for
a visit: Boots, jacket, gloves and a hat.
What To Bring
The animals love meeting visitors because it usually means
treat time! So please consider bringing something with you
when you come - cookies for the dogs (no rawhide products,
please), or carrots and apples for the large animals.
We always have plenty of work to do in caring for the animals.
Volunteers can help us by:
• Scooping the poop
• Cleaning stalls and sheds
• Cleaning the cat house
• Working with the dogs - walking, grooming, obedience
• Grooming the cats
• Filling water tanks
• Cleaning the dog cottages
• Must be in good shape and not suffer from allergies
to animals or hay. Because most of the work here is physical
in nature, this is not the right place if you have lower back
pain or other similar medical issues.
• Able to work a minimum 4-hour shift.
• Need to commit to volunteering on a consistent basis,
whether once a week or once a month.
• Age 18 or older.
What To Wear
You'll need to wear sturdy clothing, work or rubber boots,
chore gloves, and bring a hat. Depending on the season, you
can find rain,snow, ice or mud - and in springtime, all of
the above. One thing's for sure: You can expect to get dirty!