Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Providence Animal Rescue League! Volunteers are a valued and necessary part of PARL; you provide valuable hands-on assistance and make our work go further and serve more needy animals. You are an important resource and we depend on you to represent PARL in the community. Whatever your skills and interests, we have a volunteer opportunity for you!

What Can You Help With?

Shelter/Animal Care
Our most in-demand opportunity; helps with things like cleaning, removing trash, laundry and watering & feeding animals. See specific information for this program below. (Regular cleaning shifts are a necessary step for any volunteer before they may be considered for dog walking and customer care roles.)

Outreach & Fundraising
Types of help we need: Representing PARL at events and community outreach opportunities, organizing fundraisers at your group or business, distributing print materials and promoting our happenings.

Administrative work
Types of help we need: Data entry, sorting and record-keeping, reporting.

Foster Care
Provide temporary care for some of our neediest animals. Details about our foster program are here.

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, honest, compassionate and dependable team players.
  • Be able to commit to one consistent shift per week for a minimum of 3 months).
  • 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.
  • Once Orientation has been completed, volunteers will start one-on-one training with a staff member during their assigned shift.
  • New shelter volunteers are scheduled every 4-6 weeks as new positions become available.

    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.


  • 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 animal care positions are morning hours

    Upcoming Shelter Volunteer Orientation
    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!