Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Emerald City Pet Rescue! At ECPR, volunteers are critical to the success of our mission statement, "LOVE CAN SAVE LIVES!" We could not save hundreds of lives each year without our volunteer support through hard work, dedication, and passion.

Due to the success of our operation, we are fortunate enough to receive a high volume of volunteer applications. Keep in mind that the vision of our volunteer program is modeled to compliment our staff and may differ from your expectation. After we receive your application, the volunteer coordinator will email you. We will then contact you with a date for Volunteer Orientation.

ECPR holds our staff to high standards, and we expect the same from our volunteers. At ECPR, we are looking for volunteers who:
• Are willing to make a three-month commitment of at least 2, one-hour shifts per month. It’s important to us that our staff and animals develop and maintain a consistent environment. Inability to do so may result in rescinding of your volunteer opportunity.
• Are versatile and willing to work with all animals and cleaning tasks required at our rescue. ECPR will do its best to place you with animals and tasks you prefer, but it’s always possible we will have greater need elsewhere. ECPR will never ask you to perform tasks that put you at unnecessary risk.
• Please understand that staff are at work. Please be willing to work autonomously following appropriate trainings.
• Be 18 years of age or older or at least 16 if volunteering alongside a parent or guardian.

In return, ECPR will offer volunteers:
• Opportunities to provide rescue animals with care, attention, and training in order to find them loving, forever homes.
• Training to understand ECPR operations and operate autonomously.
• Opportunities for dialogue with kennel staff to better understand rescue operations and animal care.

For the safety of the animals, staff, and volunteers, all volunteers must attend an orientation and be trained in ECPR procedures. At orientation, you will receive basic information on animal behavior and tour our facility. It also allows time to learn about our mission, policies, procedures, and programs. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions, and to gain a thorough understanding of the many ways you can truly make a difference for the animals in our care.

Our volunteer support takes on a variety of forms. Below is a list of our volunteer areas:

• Cat Care: Volunteers will help at our Kitty Harbor location with feeding, socializing, cuddling, and maintaining a clean, healthy, and safe environment for our cats.
• Cleaning: Assisting our staff with morning, mid-day, and evening disinfecting procedures.
• Dog Socialization & Training: Spending time directly with our dogs and helping them form healthy bonds via positive reinforcement training.
• Outreach: Distributing brochures to your community (pet shops, coffee shops, groomers, vets, etc.). Must be done with approval.
• Maintenance: Laundry, cleaning parking lot, and cleaning dog walking paths.
• Walks: Assist our staff with walks to improve socialization, confidence, and physical fitness.

ECPR LOCATIONS--what animals would you like to work with?
"Kitty Harbor" location (West Seattle): houses only adoptable cats
"SODO" location (South Seattle): houses our small adoptable dogs
"IDAHO" location (South Seattle): houses new arrivals, small dogs, big dogs, cats, small animals, adoptable animals, and animals not quite ready for adoption.

In addition we are always open to other ways you can help! If you have an idea or talent that can aid in our mission, we welcome your input!

Upon completion of your volunteer application, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. Thank you for your interest in volunteering! Your help is greatly appreciated.

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Scheduling and Assignments

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Learning and Leveling up:

Volunteers start at Level One and work their way up to Level Three. The pace of leveling up is dependent on: accumulated hours, number of dogs walked (if working with the dogs), comprehension and drive to learn training, demonstration of correct cleaning protocols. Our expectations also include: communication with staff and volunteer coordinators, and your willingness to complete tasks when asked of you by staff. Each level opens up more opportunities for volunteers to explore different facets of Emerald City Pet Rescue operations.

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We have a number of facilities spread around the SODO and West Seattle areas. Do you have reliable transportation, and if so what kind? Keep in mind that bus lines to some of our facilities can be limited, especially in the evening.

School or Program Hours

If you are performing service for a school or program please list the total hours, completion date, and the school/program they are for. *Please note that we do not accept court-ordered community service volunteers.*

Emergency Contacts

Please enter at least one person we can contact in case of emergency.

Physical or Mental Considerations

Do you have any considerations we need to be aware of in order to accommodate you?

Criminal Convictions

Do you have any criminal convictions (other than parking violations)? If yes, please describe.


Please create a password below. This will allow you to access our online volunteering portal. Through this portal you can sign up for shifts, update your contact information and view your service history.

Volunteer Agreement

It is the policy of Emerald City Pet Rescue to provide equal opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual preference, age, or disability. Volunteers must be a minimum of 18 years of age however, children aged 16 to 18 are permitted to volunteer with a parent or legal guardian.

Thank you for completing this form and for your interest in volunteering with us.

Agreement and Signature: By submitting this form, I affirm that the facts set forth in it are true and complete and that I have not knowingly withheld any fact or circumstance that would, if disclosed, unfavorably affect any decision made by Emerald City Pet Rescue. I understand that if I am accepted as a volunteer or donor, any false statements, omissions, or other misrepresentations made by me on this form may result in my immediate dismissal. I consent to a background check, not including a credit check, to disclose criminal convictions, findings in any civil adjudicative proceedings, or both.