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/Morning Animal Care
Our most in-demand opportunity! Volunteers assist our Animal Care staff in the daily care of our animals and cleaning of the shelter. Morning animal care shifts are available for dogs, cats and small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, etc. See specific information for this program below. (Regular morning care shifts are a necessary step for any volunteer before they may be considered for dog walking and customer care roles.)

Events & Outreach
Types of help we need: Volunteers in this program are crucial to the success of our mission and are our true ambassadors. From signature events such as Pints for Paws, Pet Walk and The Rescue to local fairs and festivals, your participation will truly make a difference in the lives of people and animals in our community. Position descriptions can be found as part of the Events and Outreach Volunteer Application in the attachments below.

Front Desk/Administrative
Types of help we need: Volunteers who help out in our administrative office are critical to PARL’s success and provide support needed keep the daily operations of the shelter running smoothly. Administrative Volunteers provide assistance though data entry, filing, copying as well as help with preparing materials for outreach, education and fundraising activities. We often have short term special projects for volunteers who can only offer help for a certain period of time too!

Maintenance and Special Projects
Types of help we need: From light yard work such as gardening and raking. To larger projects such as landscaping and facility repairs.

Foster Care
Fostering saves lives! PARL’s foster care volunteers provide compassionate in-home care for newborns, special needs animals, or animals that are not thriving in the shelter environment. When you open your home and your heart to these animals in need, you provide an invaluable service that will help them to find loving forever homes.. 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 Volunteer Coordinator, Carrie-Ann Aubee at 421-1399 x214 or caubee@parl.org.

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

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