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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


2061 15th Ave. WestSeattle, WA 98119
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Apply at today! Powered by your pet license, volunteers, and charitable donations, Seattle Animal Shelter saved 3,715 animals from homelessness, neglect, and abuse in 2016. Additionally, our low-cost spay/neuter clinic performed 2,613 surgeries, preventing thousands of pets from becoming homeless in the future. While the Shelter Helper role does not involve direct animal contact, Shelter Helpers play a critical role in ensuring SAS cats, dogs, and critters in our care thrive!

Role description:

This role supports all animals in the shelter by ensuring their kennels and cages are refilled with fresh bedding and toys every day. Duties include laundry and dish-washing (using industrial equipment) and preparing enrichment activities for SAS pets (fill kongs, food puzzles, etc).

Task examples include: laundry/kitchen support, preparing enrichment activities and supplies, tidying up the lobby and volunteer sign-in area. This role does not involve direct pet contact. Must be able to stand for prolonged periods of time, bend, lift.

SAS volunteer orientation and equipment training required (washer/dryer).

Time commitment: One two-hour volunteer shift per week.
Current shift needs: Urgent! Friday mornings - flexible start time
Monday morning, Tuesday morning, Thursday afternoon, Sunday afternoon

Apply to become a Shelter Helper volunteer today! Complete our online application at and make sure to select "Shelter Helper" as your program preference.

Thank you for your interest!


Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 hrs/week; daily shifts available 8:30am-6:30pm
  • Must be able to stand for prolonged periods of time, bend, lift.

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