Many ways to help


Volunteer Opportunities

Seattle Animal Shelter volunteers work 365 days a year to help animals and raise funds to fulfill the shelter’s mission of “saving one life at a time.” The program includes more than 600 dedicated volunteers who provide over 25,000 hours of service per year and space for 900 animals in their own homes.

Visit to find out more about volunteer opportunities with the Seattle Animal Shelter. Please note that you must be a trained SAS volunteer to volunteer at the Furry 5K.

Foster Care Program

Be a hero, save a life! Fostering can be an excellent family project. It is an intense, short-term commitment where you care for a shelter animal in your own home. Foster orientations are held monthly, and more foster parents are always needed. Please visit to find out how you can become a foster parent.

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