Monkey Hollow Volunteer Vacation Cabins

The World Animal Foundation's Monkey Hollow Wildlife Sanctuary offers a unique vacation opportunity for nature, wildlife and companion animal lovers. Experience Wonderfully Wild, Breathtakingly Beautiful Oneida, Kentucky in Clay County near the border of Owsley County while helping animals and the environment.

Situated on 28 acres along the Cumberland Plateau in the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Kentucky, the sanctuary is nestled in the Daniel Boone National Forest and provides habitat for wildlife: large, small, endangered and common. It is also home to the World Animal Foundation Animal Retirement Center housing special needs dogs and cats.

During your stay at Monkey Hollow's Cabins, experience a diverse array of forest, aquatic, wetland, and upland habitats. Bring your camera: the sanctuary is a safe haven to many species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and other wildlife. Guests may choose from several volunteer opportunities (optional), while also enjoying the many tourist activities offered in Daniel Boone National Forest. 


A Variety of Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers enjoy beautiful camping-cabin accommodations within the WAF Monkey Hollow Sanctuary while assisting in your choice of a variety of volunteer activities:
  • Animal Care
  • Animal Socializing
  • Dog Walking
  • Trail Maintenance
  • Litter Removal
  • Gardening & Grounds Maintenance
  • Housekeeping
  • Nature & Animal Photography
  • Animal Outings with Dogs to Nearby Towns & Attractions


Volunteer As Much Or As Little As You Like
Your level of volunteer experience is determined by you. Some volunteer vacationers devote an hour per day assisting with animal care, animal socialization or sanctuary maintenance. The remainder of their day is then dedicated to traditional tourism activities in the beautiful backcountry of Appalachia.
Other volunteers spend the majority of their stay involved in volunteer activities. Many volunteers enjoy simply taking some of our animals on outings to nearby locations to assist with their social skills.
Volunteering is not required. Guests are welcome to reserve our Appalachian mountain cabins to experience the quiet, restful, untamed beauty of the Daniel Boone National Forest.
  • Smoking Permitted Outside & On Porches
  • Friendly Dogs & Cats Welcome
  • Visitors Must Stay on Paths & Adhere to all Sanctuary Rules & Safety Guidelines
  • Children Under 18 Must Be Supervised at All Times
  • No Hunting, Fishing or ATVs
  • No Alcohol

Charming, Restful Accommodations

Monkey Hollow Volunteer Vacation Cabins offer cozy, comfortable accommodations for guests. Each camping-cabin sleeps up to 4 people and features one queen bed and one full size futon, or two twin beds and one full size futon. Cabins are equipped with air, heat, electricity and ceiling fans. Shared modern, clean restrooms offer showers. A shared community room offers a kitchenette, gourmet coffee, games, television and sitting areas. Volunteers may choose from creek-side cabins surrounded by forest and gardens, or our hilltop cabin overlooking the hollow (based on availability.) The sanctuary offers several hiking trails, picnic areas, barbeque pits, pergolas, gardens, a pond, streams and mountains. Guests are asked to bring their own food, beverages, bed linens, pillows and toiletries.
Volunteer orientations are offered to guests who volunteer at the sanctuary. Your orientation will take place upon arrival with a World Animal Foundation officer. All volunteers must sign a Volunteer Agreement and follow WAF Safety Guidelines.
Reservations are required and may be made online. A donation of $95 per night is required per cabin (up to 4 people.) Volunteers who plan to stay off-site are not required to donate.
Please view our online Availability Calendar to determine if your desired Volunteer Vacation date is available. If no cabins are available on the dates you desire, you may stay at off-site accommodations of your choosing.
Check In / Check Out / Deposit
  • Check out time is 11 am.
  • Check in is after 1 pm.
  • Pre-payment, a $95.00 donation per cabin per night, is required to reserve a cabin.
  • Payment is refundable up to 4 weeks before reservation date.


Companion Animal Friendly

Friendly dogs and cats are welcome. All animals must be kept on a leash when outside. A dog park is available at the sanctuary for friendly dogs. Companion animals are welcome in all areas of the sanctuary except the Animal Retirement Center. Animal guardians are asked to clean up after their dogs.
Tent Camping
A limited number of primitive tent camping locations are available on the property in the Daniel Boone National Forest. Guests are asked to bring their own tents and other camping gear.
Kid Friendly
Children are welcome at the sanctuary. For safety reasons, children under the age of 10 cannot volunteer with animals. All volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times while at the sanctuary.
What to Bring
  • Bed Sheets - Queen Bed & Full Size Futon or 2 Twin Beds & Full Size Futon
  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Food & Beverages
  • Cell Phone (Coverage in Mountains is Limited)
  • Free Wi-Fi is Provided
  • Television Provided in Community Room


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