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Intern Application

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Volunteer Information

Safe In Austin is a 501(c)3 nonprofit sanctuary dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, and caring for animals that have been abused, abandoned, or have special needs. We show our rescues a new way of life by sharing their unique stories and introducing them to children with similar backgrounds to heal along side the animals.

Safe In Austin Volunteers gain experience working at a nonprofit sanctuary with over 200 animal residents covering over a dozen species, learn valuable skills related to animal health behavior and care, as well as get the chance to bond with so many animals while performing daily duties. 

Your time volunteering at Safe In Austin is valued beyond words, and we thank you for your interest in joining the team! We could not maintain the high standards of care without the help of our interns and volunteers.

Different ways to volunteer with us.

1. Weekly/Biweekly Volunteer- 

These volunteers with attend our orientations to learn all about the intensive training program we have for our weekly/biweekly volunteers to care and work with the animals.

2. Public Day Volunteers-

We do not require an orientation however to strongly advise you attend one. Public day volunteers will assist with setup and supervise an animal area while guests are visiting. 

3. All Call Volunteers

Occasionally when we can we open to anyone who is available to volunteer. We will usually post these days and times on our social media pages as soon as we can. Everyone one is able to come these days with no orientation or trainings needed. 

Specifications for Weekly voluteers

  • We can offer flexibility with weekly hours and length of the volunteer commitment to accommodate schedules, however, applicants must be able to work the following shifts: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  • We do ask for a weekly/bi-weekly commitment from volunteers due to the extensive training times involved.

  • Openings are available year-round.

  • This volunteer work will be performed 100% on-site and transportation is not provided

  • Volunteers must be prepared to work in all weather conditions and plan to dress appropriately

  • This is an unpaid volunteer work

Duties & Responsibilities for Weekly Volunteers

  •  Clean and refill all waters daily

  •  Maintain cleanliness of animal pens and water pools

  •  Stocking hay, straw and wood shavings in the various buildings

  •  Filling feed bins in all animal areas

  •  Sweeping the hallways of all the barns and coops

  •  Assist with mucking barns and coops when needed

  •  Assist Animal Care staff with preparing food bowls for animals

  •  Stocking medical supplies in the various buildings

  •  Apply sunscreen and fly spray to animals that require it

  •  Chop, sort and distribute fresh produce to the animals

  •  Assist with animal restraint for medical procedures

  •  Shadow Animal Caregivers conducting health checks

  • Laundry

General Requirements for Weekly Volunteers

● Interest in animal care, veterinary science, animal behavior, nonprofit work

● Commitment to Safe In Austin’s organization goals and mission

● Ability to lift 30 pounds and do general physical work

● Attention to detail & extremely reliable

● Ability to work independently and as part of a team

● Communication skills

● Flexibility and openness to a multitude of tasks

● Willingness to learn new things and get covered in mud


Volunteer Sign Up

If you'd like to become a weekly/bi-weeky or public day volunteer at Safe in Austin we welcome you to let us know by completing an application today!

As every animal here has a special diet or need, training can be extensive, so we ask for a weekly/bi-weekly commitment from our volunteers. We will host open volunteer times posted on our social media for all others. 

We will email you with training dates asap.

If you have any questions please email us at

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