R.A.S.T.A.

Rescue And Sanctuary for Threatened Animals

As a volunteer-based organization, RASTA has a number of volunteer opportunities available to motivated and reliable people that are serious about wanting to help.  The reality of running a Sanctuary is that it’s a 7-day-a-week job that requires 100% commitment.  Lucie, RASTA’s founder has been managing the Sanctuary largely on her own for almost 20 years now and she does it all, but she needs help!  From the day-to-day feeding and care of the many sanctuary residents, online social media management, feed pick ups, building projects, fundraising, summer tours, endless emails, education, produce farming and farm gate sales, and a million other tasks integral to Sanctuary life, Lucie truly manages it all!  She works tirelessly 7 days a week in hopes of making life better not just for the animals she personally rescues and cares for at the RASTA Sanctuary, but for all animals everywhere.  For a list of volunteer opportunities currently available, please scroll down.

 

“We can not do great things in this world only small things with great love”

~ Mother Theresa ~

1. Graphic Designer

Help needed with the Sanctuary’s logo.

2. Design of Educational and Fundraising Literature

Looking for someone with experience and creativity to help design some new professional looking business cards, brochures and sponsorship packages.

3. Sanctuary Swag

Help needed in designing RASTA Sanctuary t-shirts, hoodies, hats, and other items that can be sold on a regular basis to help support the Sanctuary.

4. Help in the Garden

Looking for people throughout the summer months to help with weeding and harvesting fruit and veggies in the Sanctuary’s large garden on Tuesday & Thursday afternoons 1pm-4pm and Saturday afternoons 1pm-4pm.

5. Farmers’ Markets & Farm Gate Sales

Looking for people to sell our strawberries and raspberries at local markets, as well as roadside in front of the Sanctuary.

6. Volunteer Photographer

Looking for someone to come to the sanctuary throughout the summer months to take exceptional photos to help with ongoing fundraising.

7. Sponsorship Mail Out Packages

Creative new thank you cards and sponsorship packages needed to send to out to donors. 

8. Fundraising and Event Planning 

This is currently an area of great need as donations for farm animal rescue and protection can often be few and far between.  Funds are needed to help feed and care for the many rescued animals at the Sanctuary and thus fundraising efforts are very important.  Seeking motivated and independent individuals and/or businesses to create and plan fundraising events free of animal products (meat, fur, etc.) for the Sanctuary.  This includes but is not limited to Vegan bake sales, galas, silent auctions, hosting social functions in RASTA’s honor (Birthday parties, dinners, etc.) and collecting donations from guests, raffles, garage sales, bottle drives, etc.

9. Humane Educators

Arguably the most important aspect of rescue work is education.  We would like to find some motivated individuals who can work independently or collectively to put together educational presentations about factory farming, its impact on the animals, human health and the environment and the need for farm animal rescue and advocacy.  We are looking for people to talk to schools, clubs, etc. about the work that RASTA does and its importance.  Volunteers interested in assisting in this field should have extensive knowledge of the modernized factory farming industry and be comfortable with public speaking.

 10. Helping to Stop Immoral & Fraudulent Animal Sales

RASTA is ALWAYS in need of people (or better yet, an army of people!) to help regularly monitor and regulate various sales sites on their own time such as kijiji, craig’s list, buy & sell, etc. as well as various social media sites for immoral and falsely-advertised animals for sale such as “tea cup” and “micro mini pigs” (there are no such breeds!) and report the ads to the administrators of the sites in efforts of having the ads removed.  In other words, flag the ads. 

We are also looking for people to reach out to individuals on sales sites in an educational manner (by posting ads or direct reply) in efforts of discouraging the sales/purchase of potbelly pigs and other novelty pets which are illegal to have within most urban centers as they are classified as livestock.  This is very important work because it directly helps to reduce the number of animals that are being exploited and ultimately ending up in rescues and sanctuaries. 

“The love for all creatures is the most noble attribute of man”

~ Charles Darwin ~