Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Providence Animal Rescue League!

Becoming a Shelter Volunteer

Volunteers must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age, and 18 years of age to volunteer with the dogs.
  • Be self-motivated, mature, sensitive, dependable and compassionate team players.
  • Be able to commit to one consistent shift per week for a minimum of 3 months if volunteering in daily shelter operations (i.e. Animal Care, Customer Care, etc).
  • Meet the following physical expectations if working directly with the animals: be able to squat, bend, twist, lift or stand for long periods.

    Shelter Volunteer Application Process

  • Review our shelter volunteer positions and shifts. (Position descriptions available below)
  • Download an application, print, and complete as directed. Be sure to note your availability and preferences for positions.
  • Completed applications with $10 application fee should be submitted to PARL (contact information below). *The one-time non-refundable $10 application fee does not guarantee placement into our volunteer program, but will serve to shelter and care for our animals if placement is not found.
  • Applicants that match our current openings will be assigned a shift and scheduled for a mandatory Orientation and Safe Animal Handling (SAH) class.
  • Once Orientation & SAH has been completed, volunteers will start one-on-one training with a staff member during their assigned shift.

    *Applicants that are not currently a match for a position will be notified. Applications are kept on file for 6 months to be considered for positions as they become available.

    *New shelter volunteers are scheduled every 4-6 weeks as new positions become available.


  • The process from time of application to training generally takes a month to complete.
  • Those interested in volunteering in areas requiring advanced training (i.e. Dog Walking, Customer Care, Adoptions) must first complete 20 hours of morning animal care prior to receiving additional training in these areas.
  • Process and requirements apply to all volunteers.

    Shelter Volunteer Opportunities - All positions are from 8:30 am – 10:30 am

    Below are our shifts and positions. Please be sure to review position descriptions, requirements, and shifts prior to applying. *Note* Weekend positions are highly competitive and do not become available often. If your only availability is on weekends, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator prior to applying to inquire about potential expected openings.

  • Morning Dog Care 7 days a week 8:30 am – 10:30 am.
  • Morning Cat Care 7 days a week 8:30 am – 10:30 am.
  • Morning Small Animal Care 7 days a week 8:30 am – 10:30 am.
  • Customer Care & Adoptions Tuesday through Saturday during our open hours.
  • Shelter Assistant 7 days a week, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, or 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

    Events & Outreach Volunteer Opportunities!

    Do you love people, animals and being out and about in the community? Then we need you to join our team! Become an Events & Outreach Volunteer! Volunteers in this program are crucial to the success of our mission and are our true ambassadors. From signature events such as Pet Walk and The Rescue to grassroots events like fairs and festivals, your participation will truly make a difference in the lives of people and animals in our community.
    There is no application fee for this program. Just simply download the Events & Outreach Volunteer Application and the Fundraising Manager, Connie Kile will be in touch with you!

    Upcoming Shelter Volunteer Orientation and Safe Animal Handling Class
    In order to be considered for a current open position, applicants must be able to attend an orientation. For more information, please contact our Projects Manager, Leah Bello at 421-1399 or lbello@parl.org.

    Shelter Volunteer Application
    Please download a volunteer application here if you would like to volunteer!

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    Morning Animal Care Description.pdf15.08 KB
    Customer Care and Adoptions Description (1).pdf18.23 KB
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    Volunteer Application 4 26 2016.pdf400.68 KB
    PARL Events Volunteer Application MAY 2016 EDITABLE.pdf1.53 MB