Become a Volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to get involved with The Wildcat Sanctuary!

If you are in or near east central Minnesota, USA and would like to help us make a better world for captive wild cats, consider volunteering your time! We have two different ways for you to get involved as a volunteer – one-day volunteer opportunities called Crew Days or regular on-going work as a TWS Volunteer.

Crew Days

You bring the crew; we’ve got the work! Organize 7-14 friends, family, or co-workers for a one-day volunteer opportunity on-site in Sandstone, MN. No experience necessary, but everyone must be capable of working outside all day lifting, hauling, and working with hand & power tools. All participants must be at least 18 years old & are required to sign a liability release. Typical Crew Day duties include building or reconstructing large habitats, making fire hose hammocks, working in our large gardens, or other big projects that are a priority.

While we encourage groups to organize several Crew Days throughout the year, the minimum time commitment is a one-day, on-site shift from 10am-3:30pm (with a tour of the facility after your shift). Contact for an application and to discuss available dates. Weekdays and weekends are available, but weekends in Spring and Summer fill up fast! We reserve the right to decline groups/individuals that do not match the skill set needed or our mission, vision and values.

TWS Volunteers

TWS volunteers help us manage regular on-going work such as gardening, on-site construction, and cleaning office spaces. All animal care duties are managed by our Animal Care staff. Volunteers have no contact with any of the wild cats and do not enter any habitats. Each volunteer’s experience is unique and dependent on the amount of time they wish to contribute and the skills they offer. Please see the “Current Needs” page to read about our current volunteer openings.

TWS Volunteers are required to maintain at least one day every month for a minimum of 12 months. Volunteers are asked to commit to a regular schedule (such as the 1st Saturday of every month), but can also be scheduled on a month-to-month basis. The right volunteer is someone who understands this commitment, is dedicated to completing the task at hand, and believes strongly in our mission.

To be considered, please complete the below application and we will contact you when there is room in the next Volunteer Orientation. We reserve the right to reject applicants that are not a good fit for our needs or our philosophy. There are no contracts between TWS and its volunteers.