Volunteering is a great way to make a difference in the community. It is a chance to make a difference in the lives of those who do not have a voice, and at Dove Creek Equine Rescue we welcome those that want to help!
Volunteer opportunities will depend on your skills, abilities, and expertise. If you have a talent or expertise that you think we could use and would like to offer it, please let us know. We want our volunteers to have fulfilling and rewarding experiences here at DCER! We appreciate your support!
Summer (May-September): Saturdays 9:00am-12:00pm
Fall/Winter (October-April): Saturdays 1:00Pm -4:00pm
Youth 12 and over and adults are welcome! If under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All volunteers start at beginning level with the option of moving to our most advanced level - evaluated by staff.
If you want to help with facilities maintenance or equipment maintenance on another day, call Frank Castillo at 877-322-5622 to schedule.
We need and would greatly appreciate donations of:
Rope Halters - all sizes and lead ropes - mini horse size too!
Western Saddles - please call first to check immediate needs at the rescue
Western Saddle Pads
Grooming Tools: dandy brushes, medium brushes, soft brushes, rubber curry combs, mane and tail brushes
Fly Spray - Natural or Organic
Aluminum Lawn Rakes (extra wide 54”)
Brooms - all sizes
Outdoor Space Heaters
Rubber Stall Mats
Light Weight Jump Standards and Poles
Feed pans, Scoops, and feed buckets
FEED - please high quality only
Salt and Mineral Licks
Stainless Steel Bandage Scissors
Saline Solution and Saline Spray
Gauze Squares and Pads
Non-Stick Telfa Pads
Soft White Gauze Rolls
Needles & Syringes (3 cc, 6 cc, 12 cc, 1 1/2” 20 ga and 22 ga)
Alushield Aerosol Bandage
Triple Antibiotic Ointment
3M Vetrap Bandaging Tape
GameReady Dual Hose
- Golf Cart, Mules, ATV’s for ranch work. feeding, gathering horses, etc
- New Heavy Duty Hoses
- Bags of Shavings
- Round Pen Panels in good shape or new
- Tractor or Skid Loader
- Picnic Tables
- Portable Sheds for Horse Shelter
- Xerox Services
- Printer Paper
- Dry Erase Pens
- Dry Erase Cleaning Spray
- Red Clip Boards
- Paper Towels
- Toilet Paper
- Cleaning Supplies
- Bottled Water and Beverages for our Volunteers and Guests
- Home Depot
- Shell Gas Cards (Diesel for hauling and tractors)
- Grocery Stores
- Hobby Lobby
- Feed Stores
- Tack Stores
- Office Supply Stores
Advertising as an in kind donation - print ads, radio, tv...
See also: Our amazon.com wish list
Volunteers will have the opportunity to help with:
Horse Care & Handling
- Safety talk
- Seasonally- bathing the horses
- Mucking stalls and pens
- Cleaning water troughs
- Fencing repairs
- Barn/shelter clean-out
- Painting buildings and signs
- Gardening, sweeping hay areas
- Tool maintenance
Tractor repair and maintenance
Vehicle repair & maintenance
Trailer repair & maintenance
After the chores are done, our Dove Creek Volunteers will be able to learn from Frank Castillo our head trainer as he completes a training session in the round pen with one of our rescue horses.
Fundraising - Spring & Fall fundraising events
We welcome those who want to assist in managing the fundraising opportunities at the rescue!
Marketing and Public relations: Year round
We are always looking for additional marketing and public relations help!
Designing brochures and posters
Contacting media for events and activities.
Frank Castillo - our head trainer - works with all volunteers. We do our best to accommodate more equine training education and one on one time with horses. The Volunteer Training Program is focused on proper handling of horses, basic ground training, grooming and of course safety. These are key factors needed when working with and training horses.
Our ranch foreman and trainer, Frank believes horses need enough time in the herd to become ready for training - where they will face their fears with the previous humans in their lifetime. But what's fascinating about him is that he understands a horse who has been through trauma because Frank remembers when he didn't trust people and when that led to sometimes of pain.
His personal journey mirrors many of the behaviors he sees in the horses that step into the round pen with him. Frank remarks that he always starts with an internal voice that goes something like, “I'm going to show you how to make a better life for yourself. If you and I can get on the same page you are going to have a really good second chance with humans - we are going to do everything we can to make that happen.”