The Providence Animal Rescue League offers a broad range of volunteer opportunities.

Volunteers help save the lives of thousands of animals each year by assisting in the direct care of animals, fundraising, reaching out to the community and fostering animals in their homes.

Becoming a Shelter Volunteer

Volunteers must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Be 18 years old to work with dogs
  • Have previous experience handling large dogs if applying for dog care position
  • Be able to work independently without direct supervision
  • Be able to squat, bend, twist, lift or stand for long periods

    Application Process

  • Review our volunteer opportunities below
  • Submit completed application in person, through email or by mail
  • Applicants that match our current openings will be contacted within a month to schedule orientation and start date.

    Note, if there are no open shifts at the time, applications are kept on file to be considered for positions as they become available.

    Shelter Volunteer Application
    For a Volunteer Application, click here

    Court Ordered Community Service requires a separate application which can be found here

    Direct Care Opportunities

    Morning Animal Care
    Assist staff members in the daily care of our animals and cleaning of the shelter. Shifts are available for dogs, cats and small animals (rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, ferrets, etc.). More details about the position can be found here. Open Shifts: Small Animals Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays 9 - 11 am

    Shelter Assistant
    A shelter assistant helps with the general organization and cleaning at PARL. You will split time between organizing the community pet food pantry, doing laundry, making enrichment toys for the animals, administrative work, special projects as they come up, as well as helping us keep up with the general cleanliness of the shelter. Open Shifts: Thursdays or Fridays 12 - 2 pm or 2 - 4 pm

    Dog Walker
    Dog Walkers play an essential role in enriching the lives of shelter dogs by providing exercise and socialization outside of their kennels. If you have experience handling dogs and time to spare, please click here to fill out an application.

    Dog walkers must be 18 years or older

    Supportive Opportunities

    Events & Outreach
    Volunteers in this program are crucial to the success of our mission and act as our ambassadors to the public. Your participation creates and continues a dialogue with our community. It spreads the word about all of the great services we offer while having fun outdoors. Opportunities include signature events like Pints for Paws, Pet Walk and Dogs on the Deck. We also have a presence at local fairs and festivals, generally during the warmer months. Please note your interest in working events on the volunteer application.

    PARL welcomes individuals, local businesses, schools, and organizations that are looking to volunteer their time with us. While working directly with our shelter animals is not always possible, there are plenty of opportunities to take part in the welfare of our animals. Please contact our volunteer coordinator for more information. For a Project Application, Click here

    SENIOR PROJECTS: Submissions for 2018/2019 Senior Projects are now closed. However, please feel free to fill out a standard volunteer application if you are interested in routine animal care / shelter operations shifts. Thank you!

    For more information on volunteer opportunities, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Brittany Palumbo at 421-1399 x214 or bpalumbo@parl.org

    Foster Program

    Foster Care
    Foster parents play an important role at PARL. While fostering requires time and patience, the rewards are immeasurable. You will have helped alleviate the stress associated with a shelter environment, and as an added bonus you free up resources within the shelter to help our other homeless animals. Watching a foster blossom in your care and go on to their forever home is an amazing experience!

    Opportunities exist for 'Weekend Warriors,' who - due to work or school - are not able to make a longer fostering commitment; you may also take in one of our animals for a longer stay. We encourage you to look over our Foster Care Handbook. and also review details about our foster program. Please contact Leah Bello at clinic@parl.org to further discuss our foster program.

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    School project Application.pdf80.26 KB
    Group Volunteer Request Form.pdf126.56 KB
    Morning Animal Care Description 1.pdf82.22 KB
    Foster Care Handbook.pdf339.37 KB
    Community Service Application 2.pdf127.35 KB
    Dog Walker Application 2.pdf132.39 KB
    Volunteer Application.pdf160.37 KB