Volunteers are a valued and necessary part of PARL. You provide valuable hands-on assistance and make our work go further and serve more 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?

Morning Animal Care
Volunteers assist staff members in the daily care of our animals and cleaning of the shelter. Morning animal care shifts are available for dogs, cats and small animals (rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, ferrets, etc.)

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. Shifts are available 7 days per week as noted in the application. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

Front Desk
Volunteers will assist our Front Desk staff in general daily routines such as greeting clients, answering general questions and showing them to adoption areas, assisting food pantry clients and re-stocking / organizing food pantry items, sweeping, moping and ensuring overall cleanliness of facility. Details about our Front Desk Assistant position can be found here.

Light Yard Work and Gardening
Types of help we need: Light yard work such as gardening, weeding and raking to help us keep our facility beautiful!

Project Day - Individuals or Groups
PARL welcomes individuals, local businesses, schools, and organizations that are looking to volunteer their time to help us complete a much needed project. While working directly with our shelter animals is not always possible, we can always have volunteers to help with other important tasks, such as shelter upkeep and organization, to general office support, and much more! For a Project Day 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!

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 are listed as part of the Events and Outreach Volunteer Application found here.

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!

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, mature, dependable, compassionate, and capable of completing complicated tasks, independently.
  • Individuals who cannot volunteer independently must always volunteer in the company of another adult capable of assisting them, who has attended orientation and completed required training.
  • Be able to squat, bend, twist, lift or stand for long periods.
  • Be able to commit to one consistent shift per week for a minimum of 3 months.
  • Court Ordered Community Service requires a separate application which can be found HERE

    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, Brittany Palumbo at 421-1399 x214 or bpalumbo@parl.org.

    Shelter Volunteer Application
    For a Volunteer Application, Click HERE

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    Morning Animal Care Description88.22 KB
    Front Desk Assistant Position Description88.01 KB
    Volunteer Application.pdf163.53 KB
    Dog Walker Application.pdf147.9 KB
    School project Application.pdf80.26 KB
    Group Volunteer Request Form.pdf126.56 KB
    Community Service Application.pdf131.71 KB