Tilted Tavern Animal Sanctuary

Welcome to Tilted Tavern Animal Sanctuary. We are a family operated sanctuary for farmed animals and others rescued from abuse, neglect, and abandonment. Our safe haven for almost 90 rescues is located on private property in Jonesborough, Tennessee. We are not open to the public currently, but we will be offering tours and educational programs this fall. Our mission is to rescue and provide comprehensive care, security, and love for farmed animals and waterfowl that have been abused, neglected, and forgotten. We hope their stories will inspire and motivate towards a greater understanding and respect for every individual life.

 


VOLUNTEER POSITIONS


Avian Caregiver
  • Weekly shift on either Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday morning, Friday or Saturday afternoon, or Wednesday evening (excludes holidays)
  • Shift involves removing fecal matter from their enclosure, removing soiled bedding and replacing it with fresh bedding in their coops, other cleaning and maintenance of the coops and enclosure, socializing with the hens, and participating in occasional enrichment projects
  • Shift time frame varies but should be around three hours or so
Goat Caregiver
  • Weekly shift on either Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday morning, Friday afternoon, or Wednesday evening (excludes holidays)
  • Clean out their stall and house and replace soiled bedding, search for any debris in their enclosures, general maintenance of their enclosure, play or simply spend time with the goats, and participate in occasional enrichment projects
  • Shift time frame varies but should be around three hours or so
Pig Caregiver
  • Weekly shift on either Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday morning or Friday or Saturday afternoon (excludes holidays)
  • Poop patrol throughout their enclosure, provide fresh bedding in their houses as needed. light maintenance of their enclosures including checking their perimeter fencing, giving belly rubs if desired, and participate in occasional enrichment projects
  • Shift time frame varies but should be around three hours or so
Waterfowl Caregiver
  • Weekly shift on either Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday morning or Friday afternoon (excludes holidays)
  • Clean their enclosure as instructed, evaluate the quality of their ponds, and check the perimeter fencing
  • May participate in enrichment projects
  • Shift time frame varies but should be around three hours or so
Morning Animal Caretaker
  • We have multiple morning shifts throughout the week
  • They are typically between 8 am and 11 am depending on the time of year (see availability below)
  • This shift usually lasts between two and three hours
  • Prepping and feeding the morning ration for the majority of our rescues
  • Refreshing or replacing their water containers
  • Cleaning dishes and enclosures
  • Socializing or enrichment
  • Assisting staff with projects if/ as needed
Evening Animal Caretaker
  • We have multiple evening shifts throughout the week
  • Typically between 4 and 8 pm depending on the time of year (see availability below)
  • This shift typically lasts between two and three hours
  • Prepping and feeding the evening ration for the majority of our rescues
  • Refreshing or replacing their water containers
  • Cleaning dishes and enclosures
  • Socializing or enrichment
  • Assisting staff with projects if/ as needed
 
Requirements:
  • Be able to commit to one shift weekly excluding holidays, emergencies, etc.
  • Minimum commitment of six months
  • You must be 18 years or older to volunteer 
  • In special circumstances, we do allow someone between 13 and 17 years old to volunteer as long as they are accompanied by their guardian that is 18 or older
  • Sign a liability waiver
  • Be able to lift up to 30 to 50 pounds (exceptions for medical and health issues)
  • Be able to withstand working outdoors for a few hours throughout the year in the rain, heat, and cold
  • Join our Slack TTAS Volunteer group to communicate with staff and volunteers
  • Thoroughly read our volunteer manual and agree to our policies
  • Care for the animals in a gentle, compassionate, and respectful manner  

Process:
  • In-person interview
  • Participate in training before volunteering unsupervised
  • One month probationary period
  • Continue to participate in training and attend workshops as needed
 
Our volunteers are
  • Not allowed to feed any additional food items to the rescues as this can lead to health issues such as obesity
  • Are allowed to take pictures and videos after their shift is completed following our media policy and guidelines
  • Are mindful of our rescues' demeanors, sizes, strengths, and current moods 
  • Must have permission to be on the property at any time other than their weekly shift(s)
We currently do not have any public restrooms or have handicap accessibility. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the form below. Check off any volunteer shifts that you prefer. When you sign up, a shift that is labeled as available may no longer be. Please keep this in mind. We will update the availability of shifts as often as possible. Please type NA if the questions do not apply to you. Two references are required. If you have any further questions, please e-mail or message us on Facebook. Thank you for wanting to volunteer with us!
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