Our Team has been working diligently to create and foster a compassionate, honest, respectful, and open community. This is absolutely crucial, as the Team, made up of staff, long-term volunteers, and short-term volunteers, live and work closely together every day.
We share a Community Kitchen for our meals, most of us live on-site outside of the perimeter fence, or, if not on Wild Spirit property, within a few miles of the Sanctuary, and all Team members have access to an on-site shower house with two stalls.
Candy Kitchen, New Mexico is a rural community with about 200 year-round residents. It takes about 15 minutes to drive to the nearest gas station and about an hour to get to Grants or about an hour and 15 minutes to get to Gallup where we can pick-up our groceries and other miscellaneous items.
Life out here is certainly not easy nor is it filled with the typical conveniences many people have easier access to living in more populated areas around the country. Nevertheless, the atmosphere at Wild Spirit is undoubtedly one-of-a-kind and the work is truly rewarding.
Everything we do at Wild Spirit is to benefit the animals we rescue. While much of the work does not include direct contact with our rescues, we strive to always better their lives, which involves providing educational information to the visiting public, finding ways to incorporate and offer different forms of enrichment, habitat upgrades, and a multitude of other projects and tasks.
For new volunteers and staff, our Team wants you to know we are always eager to welcome you! We pride ourselves on supporting a kind, hard-working, and respectful environment, and we’re always pushing to improve the experience for all in our Human Pack. We are team-oriented and operate much like a family, including the occasional bickering. It’s important to keep in mind that by living and working closely with one another it tends to amplify experiences and emotions, both good and bad. Regardless of times of miscommunication and misunderstanding, however, we work together to heal, to grow, and to always do what we can to support one another and to provide the best care we can to our rescues.
Want to speak to a past and/or current Team member to learn more about life at Wild Spirit? Let us know!
You can email the Team at firstname.lastname@example.org to get connected with someone to address your questions, concerns, or excitements!