Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Providence Animal Rescue League! We hold Volunteer Information Sessions for those interested in finding out more information about our Volunteer Program. Attending an Information Session is the first step towards volunteering with PARL. At the Information Session you will learn about PARL and how you can become part of our team. Please download a copy of the volunteer form (at the bottom of this page) and either fill it out and drop it off at the shelter or bring it along to the Information Session.
2013 Volunteer Information Sessions
None listed at this time. Please contact our Community Outreach Coordinator, Katelyn at email@example.com for more information about upcoming orientations.
Who Can Volunteer?
Some volunteer positions have minimum age, skill, and commitment requirements to ensure the safety of the volunteer, animals, visitors, staff, and other volunteers. Specific information on requirements for each volunteer position can be found under each description. Mentors or parents/guardians of prospective volunteers with special needs should contact the Community Outreach Coordinator directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss possibilities. If you have community service requirements to fulfill for school or court, please continue reading for more information.
Volunteer Positions at 34 Elbow Street
For hands-on volunteer positions at PARL- such as for morning animal care, PARL shelter support, etc.- we are looking for volunteers who will commit to one shift each week for two to four hours per shift, for at least six months. Because of the amount of training that goes into preparing volunteers for these positions, this minimum time commitment is required. Volunteers who are most successful in these hands-on positions are able to work independently, are self starting, motivated, and can easily ask questions when needed.
The orientation and training process for these positions generally takes a month to complete, or a bit longer. After training, the prospective volunteer is considered "In Training" for the first month of independent volunteering (one month is equal to 4 shifts at one to three hours per shift). At the end of a volunteer's "In Training" month, we hold a review to determine if volunteer placement is mutually beneficial.
To volunteer within the shelter, volunteers need to be at least 16 (18 for some programs). The minimum age applies even if a parent/guardian would be willing to come with the child. No exceptions are allowed. However, that does not close the door on young people wanting to volunteer! Please check out "What Can I Do to Help as a Volunteer?" to learn about ways that young people can be involved with PARL.
When Do You Need Volunteers?
Volunteer schedules vary by position. In general, hands-on shelter volunteer positions may be available every day of the week between 8am and 4pm. If you are interested in finding out if there is a position that matches your schedule, please attend an Information Session.
Fulfilling Community Service Requirements
If you are required by your school, church, or other community group (excluding court-ordered service) to fulfill community service requirements, it is VERY important that you contact us well in advance of your deadline (two months or more, depending on the number of hours required). We cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate requests to fulfill community service hours, but we will do our best with the resources we have available. You will need to attend a prospective volunteer Information Session.
What Can I Do To Help As A Volunteer?
Listed below are all of the current PARL volunteer positions. Please check back frequently to find out about new volunteer opportunities!
Foster Parents Needed!
Interested in helping our animals prepare for adoption? Or in helping an adoptable dog find it's new family? PARL is always in need of foster homes with time and space to provide for an animal in need. Please contact our Shelter Manager, Amy Duskiewicz at email@example.com for more information on Fostering and to sign up for an Orientation!
Foster Care volunteers provide in-home care to newborns, special needs animals, or animals that are not thriving in the shelter environment. By opening your home to these animals, you will play a crucial role in providing them with the care and compassion needed to help place them into forever loving homes. Fostering saves lives and these caregivers provide an invaluable service to our shelter and to the animals!
If you would like to join our Foster Care Program, please download a Foster Care Application You can mail it to PARL 34 Elbow Street Providence, RI 02903 Attention: Amy, Shelter Manager or contact Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-421-1399.
Petsmart Cat Caretaker
Help increase the adoptability of PARL’s cats that are at the PetSmart Adoption Center in Warwick or Johnston by providing socialization and one-on-one attention. Ensure that cat cages remain clean and welcoming for visitors. Assist the public that have general questions about the adoption process. One consistent shift per week is required for this position.
Help increase the adoptability of PARL’s dogs by providing socialization and one-on-one attention. Ensure that dogs are receiving time outside of their kennels and are adhering to a behavior and training plan.
Help increase the adoptability of PARL’s cats by providing socialization and one-on-one attention. Ensure that individual cat cages and cat adoption room remains clean and welcoming for cats and adopters. Assist the public that have general questions about the adoption process.
Small Animal Socialization
Help increase the adoptability of PARL’s rabbits and other small animals by providing socialization and one-on-one attention. Ensure that individual cat cages and small animal room remains clean and welcoming for small animals and adopters. Assist the public that have general questions about the adoption process.
Morning Shelter Caretaker
Assist staff in caring for animals currently available for adoption prior to opening to the public each day. This includes cleaning, watering, feeding, laundry and general assistance.
Assist the Events Manager with managing, coordinating and implementing fundraising events to generate unrestricted funds for PARL. Volunteers will assist with many aspects of community, signature and internal events including the planning, promotion, marketing and day-of event management and participation.
Assist with daily administrative activities including data entry, mailings and special projects. Duties vary and will provide support for our special events and marketing departments. Flexible commitment depending on need.
Thank you for your interest in helping the animals at PARL. We look forward to working with you!
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