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2061 15th Ave. WestSeattle, WA 98119


Cuddle a Critter?

That's right, Critters need love too, and you know exactly what we're talking about!

That's why you'd like to be part of our dynamic volunteer Critter Team.

READY TO APPLY? Read below then:
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Volunteers on the Critters team provide care and attention to all the shelter’s domestic animals that are not cats or dogs: generally rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas and other small mammals, birds, reptiles and occasionally hens. The goals of this team are to assist the animal care staff in providing appropriate food, supplies and cage space for each animal, exercise and socialize the animals to help them stay calm and improve their chances of adoption, increase the number of adoptions through public outreach and awareness, and provide foster care when needed. We also educate the public, prospective adopters, and other shelter volunteers about the care and handling of small animals.

* Caring for and handling the shelter animals- Volunteers set up cages, provide fresh food and toys, groom, socialize and provide exercise to shelter animals. Some also help with transportation to veterinary clinics when needed.
* Public Outreach and Promotion - Team members help promote adoptable critters in a variety of ways including preparing information handouts on small animal care, ensuring that bios and photos of all foster critters are posted on Petfinder and the shelter boards, and staffing the monthly Critter Open House at the shelter to promote awareness of the small animals.
* Foster homes - We often need foster homes for small animals due to illness, pregnancy or lack of room at the shelter. We provide training and some supplies; all you need is a quiet room and willingness to help. A commitment of at least 3 months is requested, although shorter-term opportunities come up from time to time (i.e. rabbit babies). This is currently the team’s greatest need.

* A commitment of at least two hours per shift.
* Time commitment depends, of course, on number of critters at the shelter.
*** Most available shifts are on weekends working as a Critter Matchmaker.

Friday 4-6pm or 4:30-6:30pm
Sat Noon-2pm, 2pm-4pm, 4pm-6pm
Sun Noon-2pm, 2pm-4pm, 4pm-6pm


* Volunteers should have good animal handling skills.
* Some small animal experience (rabbit, guinea pig, hamster, etc.) is appreciated but not mandatory.
* Patience and tolerance for distractions.
* Willingness to spend time outside of the shelter at public events or posting fliers.
* Volunteers should be dependable and reliable.
* Critter-ing can oftentimes be solo duty, so volunteers need to be able to work within the guidelines of the team on an independent basis.

Minimum age: 18

Volunteer Orientation required: Yes



  • Animal Care / Handling

Good Match For

Teens People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • At least 8 hours/month
  • Love of critters

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