Volunteering & Fostering

Volunteer Orientation

Our upcoming Volunteer Orientations are listed below. Our orientations are held at the shelter: 333 Smith Island Road, Everett, WA. We have space for 40 attendees and will close the orientation when we hit capacity.  There is no pre-registration and there is no paperwork to complete before the orientation. Just show up! We can accommodate the first 40 people.

​Last orientation of 2016!

Saturday, November 5th; 10:30am-12:30pm
This is our last orientation of the year!
Volunteers are critical to the success of the our shelter. Our volunteer team is comprised of scores of animal lovers who are committed to improving the lives of animals in our community.

The volunteer program at Everett Animal Shelter (EAS) is highly structured and is geared toward finding volunteers who are a great fit in helping us meet the needs of the animals in our care.

About Volunteering

Volunteers make a commitment to working a regularly scheduled 2 to 3 hour shift once per week for a minimum of 3 months.


Below are our volunteer opportunities:
  • Back of the House (Eligible for 16/17 year olds. Parent must attend volunteer orientation to sign all paperwork, but youth can then volunteer independently.)
  • Canine and Customer Care (Must be 18 years or older.)
  • Critter Team (Eligible for 16/17 year olds. Parent must attend volunteer orientation to sign all paperwork, but youth can then volunteer independently.)
  • Dog Walkers/Trainers (Youth/adult teams eligible)
  • Early Morning Dog Crew (Must be 18 years or older)
  • Event Team (Must be 18 years or older)
  • Feline and Customer Care (Youth/adult teams eligible)
  • Foster Team (Fun for the whole family!)

Days & Times Available for Volunteering

Volunteers assist at the shelter between 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 7 days a week, excluding holidays. Learn about the available shifts in each program during volunteer orientation.

Volunteers 13 to 17 Years Of Age

Young volunteers (13 to 17 years of age) can volunteer with a parent or legal guardian. Parent or legal guardian must also become a volunteer by attending volunteer orientation, all necessary training, and volunteer with the youth on their shift. It is 1 adult to 1 youth.

Hours For School

It's great if you choose our shelter to get your volunteer hours to fulfill a school requirement. However, we are unable to accommodate anything less than a 3 month commitment. We will be unable to sign off on any hours for school until you have fulfilled your 3 month commitment.

Working With a Client?

Those working with clients please contact the shelter operations coordinator before signing up for an orientation to see if your need can be accommodated.

Court Ordered Community Service

Folks needing court ordered community service hours do not go through our volunteer process. 
Court-ordered Community service for traffic-related (and comparable) offenses) is sometimes available at the shelter. Community service workers do not interact with the animals. You must be 18 years or older.