Wolf Care Cali

California, USA



The Experience

Become a volunteer now and work at a Wolf and Wolfdog Sanctuary run by U.S. military veterans! This is an amazing opportunity to care for wolves and wolfdogs situated on 20 acres of land in the Los Padres National forest in Ventura County, California which is just an hour and a half away from the City of Los Angeles! Experience living off the grid while helping with the daily routines involved in a sanctuary that is home to a range of displaced, unwanted, and un-releasable captive-bred animals such as wolves, wolfdogs, coyotes, foxes, horses, parrots, pigs and dogs. This Sanctuary is also featured on Animal Planet!

Volunteers for this Sanctuary are needed all year round. Please note that the work with the animals at the Sanctuary is physically demanding and it is by no means an ‘easy holiday option’!

The minimum duration of stay is 4 weeks with a maximum duration of 12 weeks, this gives you the opportunity to learn the project’s routine and it also gives the animals a chance to get to know and trust you within the durations offered.  For the 4 weeks volunteer there is less of a chance of actually having physical contact with the wolves and wolfdogs as the staff there will assess safety first.

Keep in mind that this project only accepts male applicants and this is due to the accommodation arrangements.


This Is Why

  • Help at Wolf and Wolfdog Sanctuary and get to better understand these majestic creatures!
  • Learn about the care and habits of wolves, wolf-dogs, coyotes, parrots, foxes, pigs and horses.
  • Live & volunteer for 4 - 12 weeks off the grid surrounded by nature.

Project Details
  • Key Start Dates
    Year Round (however try to book early in advance to be assured of a volunteer placement. Also, when booking a placement make sure that you start on a Tuesday!)
  • Volunteer duration
    4 - 12 weeks
  • Package Price
  • 4 weeks 995 US$
  • 6 weeks 1395 US$
    8 weeks 1595 US$
  • 10 weeks 1795 US$
  • 12 weeks 1995 US$
  • Average Work hours
    7 days a week as the animals need to be fed everyday! Though some days of the week will be just half days.
  • Number of Volunteers
  • Volunteer accommodation
  • Housing Type
    A well-equipped trailer with bathroom(s) and kitchen, internet access, cell phone service and a 50-inch flat screen TV with Direct TV (satellite TV with 700 stations). Ocassionally depending on availability, shared housing is provided.
  • Internet Access
  • Who Are They Looking For?
    Able bodied men willing to work hard. Calm and gentle composure with the animals when there is contact with them, love of the outdoors and a passion for wildlife is a priority. You should not be fussy, picky or hypersensitive about cleaning up dog poop as this is one of the main chores.  They 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: USA

Where? California, USA

Country Size: 9,826,675 km2
3,794,101 sq mi 

Population density? 33.7/km2
87.4/sq mi

Country Famous for? Statue of Liberty, Yellowstone National Park, Old West, Rocky Mountains, Hamburgers & Hotdogs, Everglades, Alligators, Hawaii, Vulcano's, New York, Statue of Liberty, Las Vegas, Hollywood

When to visit: All year round, many activities all year round with great mixture culture and nature!

  • What's Included
    • Placement
      Wolf Care Cali
    • Airport Pickup

      We will either be waiting for you at the airport or ensure that you get a shuttle bus to a neighboring town and we will pick you up from there and transfer you to your accommodations on the Project site.
    • Accommodation
      A well-equipped trailer with bathroom(s) and kitchen, internet available, cell phone service and a 50-inch flat screen TV with Direct TV (satellite TV with 700 stations). Ocassionally depending on availability, shared housing is provided.
    • Meals
      Some meals are not included but groceries will be provided and volunteers would be able to prepare meals of their own in the kitchen. At least once or twice a week the project does a BBQ for the volunteers or They may take the volunteers out for dinner!
    • 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 the USA after you have finished your volunteer project.
    • 24/7 Emergency contact
      If there are any problems during you stay in the USA you can reach us 24/7 to assist you.

    What's not included: Flights and Insurance

    Package Price:
    06 Weeks: $1395.00 US
    08 Weeks: $1595.00 US
    10 Weeks: $1795.00 US
    12 Weeks: $1995.00 US

    The tasks usually include watering and feeding the wolves which gets complicated in the winter months because the water and raw meat freezes and has to be defrosted, you may also have to feed, nurture and groom the horses and birds as well.  For the Wolves, the meat needs to be cut up which also takes some strength when the meat is frozen.  Poop pick up occurs daily. Your main tasks will mainly consist out of the following but are not limited to:
    • Animal care (this includes walking some of the more social animals, cleaning enclosures, changing waters, feeding, and socializing with those animals who enjoy human interaction).
    • Cage cleaning
    • Maintenance of Habitat/Enclosures.
    • Habitat Construction.
    • Food preparation (lots of meat preparation every day).
    • Helping with events. 
  • Requirements, Guidelines & Policies
    • Volunteers must be 19 years of age or older.
    • Volunteers must commit for a duration of 4 weeks or more.
    • There is no alcohol or drug use permitted on the property
    • No interaction is permitted unless by express permission of the staff
    • When inside wolf enclosures you will not be able to wear shorts, earrings or other body piercings, or other jewelry that cannot be tucked in or removed
    • Strong work ethics are required: reliable, responsible, honest, good sense of humour, dependable, physically and mentally fit. Must have good calm and gentle composure with the animals when there is contact with them.
    • No animal allergies
    • Must have tetanus vaccination and health insurance
    • Dedication to the work, purpose, mission, and philosophy of the organization
  • Volunteer Benefits
    • The opportunity to volunteer with and learn about WWolves, Wolfdogs, coyotes, foxes, parrots and horses.
    • The opportunity to volunteer with a great team of staff and other volunteers
    • The opportunity to explore the beauty of nature that California has to offer.
  • Fast Facts
    • Project location
      California, USA
    • Area Famous For
      Death Valley, Yosemite National Park, The Golden Gate Bridge, Sequoia trees, great weather, San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld, Universal Studios Theme Park and Disneyland.
    • When to visit
      All year round!
    • Nature, Animals and other Interests
      Great opportunities to see many different species of reptiles, birds and mammals at the San Diego Zoo or get involved in some other entertaining activities the zoo has to offer. Visit the Yosemite National Park to see its majestic landscape and amazing Sequoia forests!
  • Itinerary & Details
    Day 1 - Arrive in California;
    You will arrive in the beautiful state of California where you will be met at the airport or shuttled to a nearby town for pick up (the Sanctuary is 2 hours from LAX). You can choose to fly to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) or Burbank Airport. After getting picked up, you will then be transferred to your quarters on the project site!
    For 4 - 12 weeks - Care for wolves, wolfdogs, coyotes, foxes, parrots, and horses!
    For 4 to 12 weeks you will have a great time working to help the wolves and wolfdogs as well as with other day to day activities. The longer you volunteer the more likely you will have direct contact with the animals when deemed safe by staff. 
    Your last day
    - you will be transferred back to the airport to take a flight back home. Of course it is possible to extend your stay and travel around; we can help you with trips and/or accommodations you would like to arrange as well. 

  • Accommodation

    We have transportation available and the guys go into town for shopping at least once per week.  There is a trailer with a kitchen and the person is welcome to cook and keep food in the cupboards and fridge. The trailer also has/have bathroom(s), internet, cell phone service and a 50-inch flat screen TV with Direct TV (satellite TV with 700 stations). Ocassionally depending on availability, shared housing is provided.  

    Things to bring from home

    • Clothes for cold temperatures as well as for summer for warm temperatures. Make sure that these clothes are allowed to get dirty. Make sure to bring gloves, a toque and warm socks with you.
    • Comfortable walking shoes are essential, and you should also pack a raincoat and some sun block
    • Linen and towels will be provided. (P.s The project can provide basic toiletries like toothbrush and toothpaste and mouthwash and we have boots and gloves and jackets for the cold weather).


    Some meals are not included but groceries will be provided and volunteers would be able to prepare meals of their own in the kitchen. At least once or twice a week the project does a BBQ for the volunteers or They may take the volunteers out for dinner!


    The Wolf center is located in the Los Padres National forest in Ventura County, California. It is quite close to the city of Los Angeles yet it remains isolated, so please keep this in mind. If you are not comfortable with the idea of living in a remote location, this is not the right volunteer opportunity for you.

Wolf Care Cali Testimony


My experience with the wolf care program through Fronteering was truly special and enlightening, not only to the plights of one of North America’s most important keystone species, but the incredible efforts of the hard working people that put a hold on an easier life to care for and offer refuge to these truly awe inspiring animals. 


It was an honour and privilege to work alongside these dedicated folk, and get to know the nature and unique personalities of the wolves and various other animals that live in this sanctuary, (of which-itself resides in a truly stunning part of the diverse Californian landscape.) 


Not surprisingly, there is plenty to be done on this program, so consider your capacity and willingness to work hard to help improve the circumstances of these beautiful animals, give them your time and respect, and you’ll earn there’s too. 


Feeding, socialising the animals, and helping to improve infrastructure with my time on the wolf care program were some of the key responsibilities that I found most rewarding. You’ll find yourself working alongside a particularly charismatic bunch too, and you certainly won’t go hungry over the duration of your experience. 


I recommended this project highly, it was both challenging and incredibly rewarding, I found my time extremely life affirming and know it has a lot to offer to anyone looking for an amazing experience and the chance to help improve the circumstances of an extremely important and amazing species.


Fronteering Review

Having found an awesome opportunity to partake in a wolf care placement in California, I was assisted in organising the placement by the helpful and (patient!) team at Fronteering. The organisation was dedicated to helping me contact and communicate with my host organisation. I always felt I could rely on them to assist me with any questions and queries I had prior to my attending of the program, the process was very smooth and I would definitely recommend Fronteering to all interested in their projects.





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