Our Volunteers are the Heart and Soul of Purrfect Pals!
Because of our rural location, Purrfect Pals has developed a robust network of offsite adoption centers and special events. Housed in pet stores and veterinary clinics, our adoption centers are fully staffed by volunteers who care for the cats and match them up with potential adopters. We are always looking for more help from cat lovers with a few hours a week to spare.
Purrfect Pals currently has a team of 600+ active volunteers who help make our offsite adoption program a success! Volunteers in our adoption centers spend their time caring for and playing with cats, cleaning cages and acting as matchmakers for potential adopters. We have morning, afternoon and evenings shifts available seven days a week!
We also rely on volunteers who donate their time and talents for special events and projects. Volunteers organize our fundraising events, sew cat blankets, manage our social media pages, prepare our newsletter, pick up donations, and more!
Frequently Asked Questions: Volunteering for Purrfect Pals
Where can I volunteer for Purrfect Pals?
We have volunteer opportunities available all over the Puget Sound region including:
- Main Sanctuary in Arlington
- Petsmart Adoption Centers in Everett, Lynnwood, Renton and Woodinville
- Petco Adoption Centers in Issaquah and Sammamish
- Denny’s Pet World in Kirkland
- We also have Home Based volunteer opportunities available.
How old do you have to be to volunteer?
Our minimum age requirements depend on the location where you will be volunteering:
- Petsmart Adoption Centers – Volunteers must be 14 years or older and anyone under the age of 18 must volunteer with a parent/guardian.
- Petco Adoption Centers – Minimum age is 13 years and anyone under 16 must be volunteering with a parent/guardian
- Main Sanctuary in Arlington and Denny’s Pet World – Volunteers must be 13 years or older and anyone under 16 must be with a parent/guardian.
I can’t commit to a regular schedule. Can I still volunteer?
Absolutely! We have many special events and projects that volunteers can help us with. Some are even home-based!
Do you require a minimum length of service?
Our Volunteers are committed to providing the best care for the cats and kittens within our care. For this reason, a 5 month commitment, or longer, is asked of each of our volunteers. You will be scheduled for a regular, weekly shift of 2-3 hours (or more if you prefer!).
Can I do my court-ordered community service at Purrfect Pals?
Purrfect Pals is unable to offer court-ordered community service opportunities. We also do not accept volunteers who have been convicted of any felony, animal cruelty or theft charges.
My school requires community service hours. Will you sign off on them?
We welcome high school volunteers working on hours for school requirements, as long as they commit to the same scheduling and length of volunteering as all other volunteers. Hours will not be signed off until your 5 month commitment is fulfilled.
I am part of a group that would like to volunteer. How can we help?
We have an ongoing need for help with projects at our Arlington Sanctuary including gardening/landscaping, maintenance, painting, cleaning and construction. We would also love you to consider organizing a food and supply drive for us!
I have physical limitations or other special needs. Is that a problem?
Not at all! We welcome volunteers with special needs. Depending on your needs, some of our locations might be better a fit for you than others. Please contact our Volunteer Manager with questions. Please note: If you will be volunteering with a job coach or other partner, you will both need to complete a Volunteer Application Form.
I am interested in joining your Board of Directors. Who should I talk to?
Please email our Executive Director for more information.