In Shelter

Please note, our in-shelter volunteer application process will resume in late January, 2018. Check this page for updates.

The Seattle Animal Shelter strives to have an enjoyable, innovative and organized volunteer program that benefits the animals and animal-lovers of Seattle. Volunteers work 365 days a year and are extremely dedicated. To volunteer at the shelter, volunteers must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Be able to commit to a weekly two-hour shift.
  • Be able to commit to six consecutive months of service.
  • Be able to commit to scheduled volunteer times.
  • Be able to squat, bend, twist, lift and stand for long periods while working directly with the animals.
  • Attend required training classes. 
  • Be able to work independently without direct supervision.
  • Have previous large dog handling experience if applying for a dog handling program (e.g., Dog Walking, Get Fit with Fido, Adoption Assistants-Dog)

For more information on volunteer opportunities, check out our VolunteerMatch page.

Volunteer Application

Please note, our in-shelter volunteer application process will resume in late January, 2018. In the meantime, have you considered fostering an animal in your home?