Goat Kidding Volunteers: Training March 3!

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You HERD right, the International Rescue Committee in Salt Lake City has 300 goats that provide refugee youth with leadership training through 4-H programs and invasive species management through grazing. No kidding! 

Every year goats from the East African Refugee Goat Project of the IRC give birth to over 100 kids, the fancy term for baby goats. We are looking for volunteers to provide some babysitting support to these newborns and their mothers! Volunteers sign up for two hours shifts throughout the season, typically early March through early May, to make sure all is well out at the ranch. 

To get involved in this cuddly opportunity:

  1. RSVP to March 3, 10am kidding training here. 
  2. Attend the required training Saturday, March 3 10am-12pm
  3. Make a $20 donation to the project, details to come on how to submit this donation 
  4. Sign up for kidding watch, which will be available in 2 hour shifts sun-up to sun-down early March through early May
  5. Watch and play with kid goats this spring! 

Volunteer restrictions:

  • Volunteers must be 12 or older and those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Due to safety and health concerns, any women who are or might be pregnant are prohibited from participating as kidding volunteers. 

Dress Code: Expect to get muddy and potentially end up with animal fluids on you. Again, this is a functioning ranch with our goats having children, so you should expect to get your hands dirty! That really is the fun of it! 

Location: Directions to the ranch will be sent out to those who RSVP through the link. The ranch is located out near the airport. 

Donation Requirement: this donation request is per household, details for how the donation is to be submitted will be sent out closer to the training date. 

Training RSVP link: signup.com/go/mXsgDZz

If you  have any additional questions, please reach out to Joshua.Lloyd@rescue.org