Horse Rescue Canada

Alberta, Canada



The Experience

Grab this amazing opportunity to volunteer with horses at a rescue center near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Alberta. This rescue center is currently home to more than 170 horses, most of which were rescued from the Slaughter House.

The project needs dedicated and committed volunteers to help with the many tasks and activities at the center. Although the 40-acre farm currently focuses more specifically on horses, you can also enjoy the firsthand experience of working with a variety of livestock including pigs, llamas, goats, ducks, chickens and much more. As a volunteer, you would be tasked with preparation of feed and feeding of horses and other animals and maintenance and repairs to assisting the vet and cleaning the paddocks. The work can be physically demanding and the animals at the farm will be your number one priority.  Care and give love to horses that have suffered abuse and neglect in the past and experience the wonderful surroundings of the farm. It is important to keep in mind that this project offers no horse riding!

This Is Why

  • Work hands on with horses in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
  • Live at the project, expand your English skills and be part of a team dedicated to the welfare of animals.
  • Great opportunity to expand your knowledge on horses.
  • Experience the beauty of rural Canada.

Project Details
  • Key Start Dates
    Year round (however advise to on the ranch between April and October for the best experience).
  • Package Prices

    08 Weeks: $1695.00 US
    10 Weeks: $1895.00 US
    12 Weeks: $2095.00 US
  • Volunteer duration
    8 -12 weeks (longer duration preferable)
  • Average Work hours
    5 days a week and weekend off
  • Number of Volunteers
  • Volunteer accommodation
  • Housing Type
    Bedroom in guest home
  • Internet Access
    Wireless internet included
  • Who Are They Looking For?
    Love of the outdoors and a passion for wildlife is a priority. You should not be fussy, picky or hypersensitive about cleaning. You must be comfortable with heavy lifting and manual labour. We will not tolerate smoking, alcohol or the use of drugs. Please remember that you are a guest, therefore, respecting the rules is essential.

Fast Facts: Canada

Where? North America, Canada

Country Size: 9,984,670 km2
3,854,085 sq mi

Population density? 3.41/km2, 8.3/sq mi

Country Famous for? Bears, Root Beer, Rocky Mountains, Skiing, Niagara waterfalls, Pacific rainforest, friendly people

When to visit: All year round, skiing and dog sledding in winter and hiking and wildlife viewing in summer

  • What's Included
    • Placement
      Horse Rescue Canada
    • Accommodation
      Accommodation will be in the guest house at the farm which includes one bedroom, living/dining room space, kitchenette, full bathroom
    • Meals
      Not included. You are responsible for your own meals. Transportation to get groceries is provided.
    • Airport Pickup

      You will be picked up from either Calgary or Edmonton Airport.
    • Mail-holding service
      You can use FRONTEERINGS office as a reliable address to have your mail delivered
    • Ongoing service
      If there are any problems with your volunteer project we are always there to help you and mediate between yourself and the organization.
    • Tours
      Through FRONTEERING you have the possibility to book tours in Canada after you have finished your volunteer project.
    • 24/7 Emergency contact
      If there are any problems during you stay in Canada you can reach us 24/7 to assist you.

    What's not included: Flights, Insurance, meals, Horse Riding

    Package Price:
    08 Weeks: $1695.00 US
    10 Weeks: $1895.00 US
    12 Weeks: $2095.00 US


    Volunteers play a vital role in achieving the project’s goal of caring and giving the much-needed love to horses and other animals that have suffered abuse and neglect in the past. As a volunteer, you will at times get your hands dirty. Please remember that the animals are your number one priority while you are at the project. There is always something to do at the rescue center. If you are uncertain of what to do, you can ask an experienced volunteer and the volunteer task list. Your responsibilities will vary on a day to day basis and you may be involved in:

    • Food preparation and Feeding of horses and other livestock
    • Checking physical condition of the horses
    • Rehabilitation horse
    • Grooming
    • Vet/Farrier Assistance
    • Filling Feed bins and Loading/unloading hay or feed
    • Fence repair and Cleaning paddocks (manure pick up).

    This experience gives participants the chance to become involved with family activities of a horse ranch. Candidates can use all facilities of the farm, i.e. riding their horses, driving the tractor etc. The program is not only about the horses; it is a cultural exchange program where candidates get a real inside of Canadian culture, mentality etc. The family takes candidates along when they visit neighbors, when they do their grocery shopping or when they go to events like rodeos, community festivals.  Daily chores: Feeding and watering the animals cleaning of kennels & stables. Grooming during the spring and summer, walks during the spring and summer, maintenance of the stables (straw, fixing houses, cleaning up). There are additional daily duties which change with the seasons. Wood must be put on the fire first thing in the morning and last thing at night during the colder months.

  • Requirements, Guidelines & Policies
    • Required to commit to a minimum of 8 weeks
    • Must have experience in horse handling and care. No animal allergies as well.
    • Must be comfortable with heavy lifting and doing manual labour
    • NO SMOKING is allowed on the property.
    • Strong work ethics are required: reliable, responsible, polite, self-sufficient, eager, honest, good sense of humor, dependable, physically and mentally fit.
    • Age: 18+
    • Extreme Weather (heat & cold), dirt and living in a remote area must be something you can handle.
    • A love for animals and some general experience of caring for an animal is a must and Patient and comfortable around mammals and birds
    • Must read and agree to abide by guidelines and ethics of the project
    • Good communication skills and the ability to work independently and good knowledge of the English
    • A valid driver’s license would be an asset, but is not required
  • Volunteer Benefits
    • A unique opportunity of working with horses!
    • Help horses that have suffered abuse and neglect in the past
    • Great opportunity to explore rural Canada and enjoy breathtaking surroundings.
  • Fast Facts
    • Project location
      Alberta, Canada
    • Area Famous For
      Bears, Root Beer, Rocky Mountains, Skiing, Niagara waterfalls, Pacific rainforest, friendly people
    • When to visit
      All year round.
    • Wildlife viewing
      Good, In the nearby surrounds are many opportunities to see wildlife like bald eagles, squirrels, Raccoons, skunks, deer, coyotes, black bears
      • Itinerary & Details
        Day 1 - Arrive in Canada 
        • You will arrive in beautiful Calgary or Edmonton where you will be met at the airport by a member of the project.
        • For 8 - 12 weeks – Volunteer at the Sanctuary. 
        • For the next few weeks, you will help care for horses and various other animals.
        • Your last day - you will fly back home or take the opportunity to travel through Canada. Our staff will gladly help you to book any tours to see more of this great country. If you would like to visit Vancouver or Toronto; we can help you with both short and longer term accommodation. 
  • Accommodation
    You will stay in the guest home which includes one bedroom, kitchen, living/dining area. The accommodation is rustic and clean with standard house furniture and accessories in it. Things to bring from home;Please prepare yourself for all kinds of weather. Bring gloves, sturdy footwear is a must (preferably waterproof), and clothes you don't mind getting dirty (as all the animals will love to brush up against you and say hello!). There is a volunteer clubhouse on site with washroom, kitchen facilities and a library. You can bring books and magazines you would like to share/donate. While at the project, you will need to bring your own food and drinks (bring adequate water and stay hydrated!), as breaks throughout the day are important.


    Meals are not provided for. Transportation to go to town for groceries will be provided.


    The volunteer project is in Alberta at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. With its proximity to the Rocky Mountains, this area gives volunteers great opportunities for adventures. There are parks, trails and a variety of recreation facilities for you to enjoy.

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