ALERT:  To protect the health and safety of our staff and customers, and to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19, WE ARE NOT ONBOARDING NEW IN-SHELTER VOLUNTEERS AT THIS TIME. We will be training a very limited number of new foster dog and foster critter volunteers, mostly applicants whose experience fits our greatest needs.
We do not have any openings for the following positions: Cat Foster, 9-Lives (Cat Team), Digital Team, Dog Walking, Get Fit with Fido. Please check back in the future to see if applications have been re-opened for these positions. Our Critter Team (small pets other than cats or dogs) does not have any openings on weekends or mornings, but does have some on weekday afternoons. Meanwhile, volunteering as a Shelter Helper or Greeter is a great way to get experience and have priority when there is an opening!

The Seattle Animal Shelter 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 home.

Volunteer opportunities exist in the following areas: