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. Help at the Sanctuary

I’m currently looking for regular and reliable volunteers to help at the Sanctuary with various farm chores as well as in the garden on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoons 1-4pm.  Volunteers must be reliable, consistent, able to do manual labour, strong enough to lift 50lb bags of feed, and work in the sun and/or rain.

2. 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.

3. 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.

 4. Online Army of Educators

The animals can always use your voice to speak up for them on social media as well as various sales sites.  One way they can use your help is to speak out against 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.   You can also help by reaching 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.  In addition to this, the animals can always use your voice to speak out against rodeos, circuses, zoos, etc.

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

~ Charles Darwin ~