Who are you and how long have you been volunteering for?

I’m Jake! One of the volunteers at Freedom Hill Sanctuary. I started volunteering early in 2022. In my daily job I work at a software company and also do some photography here and there as well.

Why did you start volunteering at Freedom Hill Sanctuary?

I had made the transition to a full vegan diet and was doing a lot of research into the benefits and reasoning of why people should go vegan. I had learnt a lot about the sustainable aspect of veganism in terms of agriculture but the moral and ethical impact is one that everyone can relate too, and one that I thought I could learn so much more about by getting involved at Freedom Hill Sanctuary.

What does volunteering at Freedom Hill Sanctuary involve?

So many different things! There are some regular tasks that require doing every week or every second week, e.g. the animal feeds and the cleaning of the shelter shed for the more vulnerable sheep. On top of this there are fundraising events to get involved with and ad-hoc jobs like tree planting or painting. One of the fundraising events was a quiz night where I helped out with the running of the night. On top of this I’ve built shelters for animals, done tours for guests and so much more that I would need a small novel to write about in its entirety. Out of all this though the most fulfilling part is the connection you form with the animals.

I grew up in a household around dogs but had never had exposure to animals from the agriculture industry. It’s easy to become quite disconnected over our lives from them, partly because we are lead this way as a society and partly as we force ourselves as an individual to disconnect with them to deal with what they go through in factory farms and the animal agriculture industry. Seeing all the adorable residents at Freedom Hill Sanctuary regularly I began to learn their personalities, their nuances, and they began to recognise me. The friendships you form with them are so distinct and individual to the animal and it’s the most rewarding feeling helping them live out their best life.

From an outside perspective, volunteering is about preparing feeds, cleaning shelters, getting involved in fundraising activities but also, and perhaps most crucially, it’s about being a friend/guardian to some of the most adorable little beings you’ll ever meet.

What impact has volunteering had on you personally?

When I first started volunteering at Freedom Hill SanctuaryI had no idea how much it would positively impact my life. The insight I have formed after working with the residents and the other incredible volunteers is something that has made me a better person in all facets of my life. I’m grateful that I get to be a part of something that contributes so much positive energy into the world.

What would you say to someone thinking about volunteering?

Get in contact with Kym and head up on a Sunday! All the volunteers are super welcoming so don’t stress if you’re unsure about what you’ll be doing, they’ll guide you through any of the jobs that need to be done. If you’re a little nervous about going alone then message a friend and make a day out of it.  Also, and perhaps most importantly, bring a box of Weet-Bix, you’ll make some great friends with those.


Support our mission

Our mission at Freedom Hill Sanctuary is to provide a safe haven for animals that have been rescued from abuse, exploitation or neglect. We also aim to change the way people view farmed animals and promote, educate and encourage compassionate cruelty-free living.

Freedom Hill is a registered not for profit organisation that runs solely on your generous donations, all donations are used in the long term care of all our animal residents.

Freedom Hill is a registered tax-deductible charity. License No CCP2966

Thank you for your support.