Volunteer at the Ranch

Volunteers come together at our ranch in Homestead, Florida with a common love of horses and animals. Of course, ranch duties can be hard work, both emotionally and physically, but is extremely rewarding.

Volunteer at Events

The SFSPCA promotes the welfare and well-being of horses, and educates the public on responsible care and ownership by participating in community events, horse shows and fundraisers year-round.

To become an official SFSPCA volunteer, please note:

  • Volunteers must be members of the SFSPCA
  • The minimum age for volunteers is 12
  • Volunteers under 17 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Attending an Orientation and Horse Safety Class is required of all volunteers

Ready to Join Us?

Click on and follow the step-by-step instructions below to become an authorized volunteer!

If you have any questions or need more information, email Tanya Rocha, Executive Assistant, at tanya@helpthehorses.org.

1. Submit Your Membership Donation

  • All volunteers are required to become members of South Florida SPCA. (Click here.)
  • A non-refundable membership fee is required and proof of membership donation must be received in order to reserve a spot in an orientation.
  • Volunteers must be at least 12 years old.
  • Volunteers under 17 years old must be accompanied by an adult. (Adults must register also.)
  • Special Notes: Incomplete information will result in registration delays. Space is limited and registrations may close early if the class fills. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Online membership payment is the most efficient method, any other method such as mail or fax may result in registration delays.

2. Request a Spot in a Volunteer Orientation Class

  • Orientation classes are usually held on the second Saturday of each month from 10am to 1pm rain or shine.
  • Send an email requesting a spot in the orientation class of your choice to tanya@helpthehorses.org
  • Include a copy of your membership donation receipt.
  • Volunteer Orientation registration will close when the class is full or at 5 PM on the Tuesday prior to the orientation. If you are not properly registered by that time, please register for the following month. Last minute registrations are not accepted.
  • You will receive a confirmation with map and directions to the Rescue Ranch on the Thursday prior to the class that you have been scheduled to attend.

3. Download and Complete the SFSPCA Release and Emergency Medical forms

  • Click to download the release form and emergency medical form.
  • Please print and fill them out, and bring them to class with you.
  • A parent or guardian must sign the forms for any volunteers under 18 years of age.

4. Receive Confirmation

  • Tanya Rocha will send you a confirmation email.

5. Attend One Volunteer Orientation/Horse Safety Class

  • At the orientation, you will be instructed on the care and safety policies of our ranch. You will receive a certificate of completion and a Horse Safety Manual.
  • Upon completion of the Volunteer Orientation/Horse Safety Class you will be eligible to volunteer for Ranch Hand duties and other volunteer activities.

6. Join the South Florida SPCA Volunteers Facebook Group

  • Upon completion of the Volunteer Orientation/Horse Safety Class you will be eligible to volunteer for Ranch Hand duties and other volunteer activities.
  • You will also receive one volunteer t-shirt after you have volunteered four times at the Rescue Ranch. Additional t-shirts are available (for volunteers only) at $10 each.