Stay at the Sanctuary
We welcome live-in workers who are prepared to stay with us long-term in exchange for food, accommodation and the rewarding tasks of looking after animals. We may also be able to offer a small amount of paid part-time work.
We especially seek those with skills in animal care, construction, gardening or fundraising.
We have lots of interest in these positions so we can't guarantee you a place. However we'd still love to hear from you!
Please contact us if you would like to volunteer.
Sanctuary Support Crew
We regret that we are currently unable to take on volunteers who do not live on-site. This is due to the COVID-19 epidemic and the risks of travel.
Keeping our caretakers safe so that we can continue to look after the animals has to be our first priority. We will update the details on this page as soon as the situation settles - please watch this space!
*** Unfortunately we are unlikely to hold open days this summer, due to the risk of COVID-19 and the need to keep our onsite team safe. We will let you know as soon as the situation changes and we are able to welcome you to the sanctuary again ****
During the summer months we try to have regular open days at the sanctuary. This is a great opportunity to meet all the animals at that live at the Black Sheep, find out about their histories, and learn more about animal rights. You will receive a tour of the sanctuary and a delicious vegan afternoon teas.
Join our mailing list to be kept informed on our upcoming working bee dates.
Opportunity for Animals Op Shop
Be part of Wellington's coolest op-shop by volunteering as counter crew at one of our three Opportunity for Animals Stores in Ōtaki, Newtown or Miramar.
Our charity shops sell quality secondhand clothing and household goods to fundraise for the Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary. We are an ethical business that works to promote animal rights and well-being, along with environmental sustainability, equality and justice.
Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a sales volunteer at one of our Opportunity for Animals Op-shops, or call our shop manager Kirsty on 04-389-3891.
Read more about Opportunity for Animals Op-shops here.
Sorting and Stocking Volunteers
Passionate about fashion and animals but prefer working behind the scenes? Join the Opportunity for Animals secret society of stockers and sorters.
Regular volunteers are essential to keep our Opshops in Newtown, Miramar, and Ōtaki vibrant and well stocked. This role will involve sorting and/or re-stocking the stores with donated items including clothing, shoes, linen, books and kitchenware. We ask that you commit to a regular half-day shift every week, on an ongoing basis.
Our Opshops are a vegan space and volunteers are asked to eat vegan while on site.
Please contact us if you would like to help stock the shops!