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Thank you for your interest in volunteering!

Providence Animal Rescue League is committed to helping animals and the people who love them. The work of our volunteers are essential to our efforts. Volunteers help care for animals, assist the community through free and affordable local events, and spread the word about our vital work. Our volunteers not only make a difference to PARL, but to the entire Rhode Island community.

Please note the following requirements to volunteer at PARL:

  • Volunteers must be 18+ years of age.
  • Volunteers must obtain a BCI from Attorney General Julius C. Michaelson Customer Service Center in Cranston, RI. ($5 fee)
  • Volunteers must be able to commit to a weekly shift for at least 8 weeks.


  • Step 1: Complete a volunteer application for the desired shift or area of interest. (See available shifts below)
  • Step 2: If your area of interest and schedule availability aligns with our needs, you will be contacted to schedule a Volunteer Orientation. The orientation is an introduction to the shelter, the volunteer software, and the overall volunteer program.
  • If approved to become a volunteer, there is a $15 non-refundable orientation fee to cover your volunteer manual and t-shirt.
  • Step 3: Obtain a BCI and submit it to community engagement manager, Rachel Snider.
  • Step 4: Establish your weekly volunteer shift. New volunteers must commit to a weekly shift for 8 weeks (as consecutively as possible). During your first few shifts, you’ll receive training in your department, get to know the staff and facility, and become an integral part of the PARL team.

Fill out a Volunteer Application here!



Volunteers will assist Cat Staff in feeding breakfast, cleaning cat rooms and cubbies, providing enrichment, and other miscellaneous tasks.

This shift is available from 8:30am – 10:00am on the following days:



Volunteers will primarily assist Dog Staff in feeding breakfast, cleaning dog rooms, , providing enrichment, assisting with bathroom breaks for dogs, and other miscellaneous tasks.

This shift is available from 8:00am – 10:00am on the following days:



Volunteers will assist Smalls Staff in caring for our small mammals by feeding breakfast, cleaning cages and rabbit areas, restocking hay, providing enrichment, and other miscellaneous tasks.

This shift is available from 8:30am – 10:00am on the following days:



PARL’s Pet Food Pantry gives out pet food and supplies to families in need. Volunteers will assist with distribution events, including inventory tracking, preparation and clean up.

This shift is currently available from 10:30am – 1:00pm on the following days:





donate items to help animals

  • Organize a donation drive in your neighborhood or office and collect items from our Wish List 
  • Clean out your pantry and linen closets and donate items you may not be using:
    • Clean towels of all sizes
    • Clean pillow cases and flat sheets
    • Cans of baby food (meat flavors), tuna fish, canned green beans/carrots (no salt added), or peanut butter
  • Save your toilet paper and paper towel rolls and empty tissue boxes and bring them to PARL. We'll use them to make interactive toys and enrichment activities for dogs, cats, and small animals.

Get crafty and make toys for cats, dogs, and small animals

Grow and Donate Cat Grass

  • Cat grass is nutritionally beneficial for cats and they enjoy eating it. Visit your local pet store and ask about cat grass seeds or growing kits. Once you grow a container of cat grass, you can donate to our shelter cats.

Make a Cat Octopus

  • Choose a few fabric strips for the toy
  • If desired, sprinkle a bit of cat nip in the middle of one strip and fold over
  • Tie the rest of the strips around it to secure the cat nip, making an octopus-like shape

Make a Braided Rope Toy for Dogs

  • Choose one bundle of strips of fabric.
  • Separate it into three equal parts.
  • Begin to braid these parts as tightly as possible so the toy is sturdy.
  • Thread on tennis balls where desired.
  • Braid until the toy is slightly longer than your desired length and tie the strands in a knot.

Make Toys from Paper Towel and Toilet Paper Rolls

raise money to fuel our mission and programs

  • Start a Facebook Fundraiser to benefit PARL
  • Ask for donations to PARL in honor of your birthday, wedding, or special occasion. 
  • If you own your own business, consider running a special campaign in which you donate a portion of the proceeds for a selected product or time frame to PARL


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