You are confirmed for your volunteer shift(s). Please print this page or save the link for important volunteer information and directions. Thank you! Animal Place’s rescue and adoption facility runs with a small staff and during large rescues, volunteers are vital. We appreciate your help immensely.
3448 Laguna Creek Trail, Vacaville, California (Directions below, DO NOT USE GPS)
De-clumping: 8:00pm-9:00pm, daily from Mon July 3 - July 12
Health Checks: 9:00am-2:00pm, Sat July 8 and Sun July 9
Boosters: 9:00am-2:00pm, Sat July 22 and Sun July 23
Feeding/Cleaning: 8:00am-12:00pm or 9:00am-1:00pm, Daily starting Tues July 4 (experienced volunteers only)
____ Prior to volunteering, sign our liability waiver
____ Read our safety manual
____ Read all information below
What to wear: Long pants and closed toed shoes are mandatory. We recommend rubber boots.
Water: Bring your own water bottle. Our water is potable and waters can be refilled at hoses.
Sunblock/Hats: While you may spend most time inside a barn, proper sun protection is recommended. (If you are de-clumping, no need to bring sunblock or hat).
Snacks: If you are helping on a health check day, there will be a lunch break. Your meals should be vegan (no meat, dairy, eggs, honey). Ideas: veggies and hummus, salads, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chips, veggies/fruits.
Leave companion animals at home.
Important Note: Do not open any gates, or enter any other barns or pastures where animals are housed. The chickens will likely have lice. The lice are not zoonotic, so they will not harm you. They may end up in your hair and clothing, but they will fall off or die during washing of your clothes. If you have chickens/turkeys at home, bring a change of clothes, a garbage bag (to put dirty clothes in), and IMMEDIATELY wash your used clothes upon arrival to your home. Take a shower before interacting with other chickens.
Cancellations: If you cannot make a volunteer shift, please immediately let us know. We rely heavily on volunteers during the first 3-4 weeks post-rescue.
Please email Patti Nyman at firstname.lastname@example.org or call and leave a message for Jan at 707-449-4814.
HEALTH CHECK & BOOSTER VOLUNTEERS
If you signed up for health checks and/or boosters we will train you on how to catch, hold, and handle chickens. We suggest you bring a change of clothes. Health checks include catching/restraining, physical evaluations, treatment with de-lousing and de-worming medication, trimming of nails. Some volunteers may assist in barn cleaning as well. Most of you will assist with physically catching birds.
Please arrive on time at 8pm. You will be trained on de-clumping hens. Because these hens have lived in very close quarters with other hens, they often clump together at night. Piling on top of each other can cause birds on the bottom to get smothered. De-clumping can be emotionally tough and there is a possibility hens will die. Please keep that in mind.
Please note that we have limited cell and phone service at the ranch.
Main line: 707-449-4814
3448 Laguna Creek Trail Rd. Do not use GPS.
From Highway 80, take the PENA ADOBE exit.
- If coming from WEST: turn left onto Riviera Rd, which becomes Cherry Glen Rd after the overpass.
- If coming from EAST: at your first opportunity, turn left onto Cherry Glen Rd.
Follow Cherry Glen Rd.
You will see a large field on your left and the road will curve dramatically to the left.
Don’t go with the curve, veer right off of Cherry Glen. Look for oncoming traffic! As a marker, there will be a large chain-link fence on your left.
There will be three private roads on the right. Please take the furthest one to the left (Laguna Creek Trail, look for the sign). As a marker, the chain-link fence should remain on your left.
This is a one-lane gravel road.
Ignore "No Trespassing" signs, you have permission to be there.
Please drive slowly (5-10 mph), and look out for wildlife! Our neighbors do not appreciate fast driving and the dust it creates.
Go about a mile down the road. As a marker, when you see the large, black private gate on your right, our driveway will be the next one on the left. There is a small sign that reads “AP/RR”.
Our driveway is about a quarter mile long, so just follow it all the way down until you reach the designated parking areas noted below. Continue past the sign that says “Pig Turd Alley”.
Park in gravel lot near log home (there will be signs).