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2061 15th Ave. WestSeattle, WA 98119


To volunteer in this role, cut & paste this link http://bit.ly/29HFM95 into your browser & select "Critter Team". No need to contact us via email - we screen applications regularly. Thank you! Do you rave about reptiles? You should! From fast-moving water turtles and playful geckos to graceful snakes and intelligent bearded dragons, these diverse animals will open a new world for a dedicated animal lover. Join the SAS Critter team for new experiences! You’ll find out about reptiles and a wide assortment of small animals that are not cats and dogs!

Reptiles are capable of recognizing people by voice, sight and smell. Many at our shelter benefit from human care, kindness and attention. Yes, some even enjoy being held or at least sitting on your head! Your efforts can help these fascinating creatures find a forever home where they will be safe and loved. Not only will you learn a lot, you’ll also get the opportunity to join a committed group of fellow small animal enthusiasts!

Bring your compassionate and curious side to the shelter. The reptiles are ready!

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.


* 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
Critter Program Orientation required: Yes



  • Animal Care / Handling

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 hrs/week

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