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The animals, volunteers, and staff at RASKC thank you for your interest in volunteering.

  • Volunteers are absolutely essential in caring for the animals entrusted to RASKC.
  • RASKC offers many volunteer opportunities for people who love animals.
  • RASKC always welcomes applicants who want to foster adult cats and/or kittens. Dogs are infrequently available to foster.
RASKC especially values volunteers who are reliable, conscientious, and solutions-oriented. In order to volunteer, you'll need to be able to access email messages on a frequent basis through a computer or a smart phone with email capability. Feel free to use public computers available at the King County Library or Seattle Public Library system.

Applying to Become a Volunteer

Step 1: Complete the initial online application

Volunteer opportunities can take place at RASKC in Kent or in Kirkland. Or with RASKC cats at a partner store in Bellevue, Covington, Kent, Kirkland, or Tukwila. Note: If you do not have an email address now, you will need to obtain one by the time you begin volunteering at RASKC. Children age 9 to 15 years old need a separate email address from the adult they will be volunteering with.

Step 2: Register and attend the required New Volunteer Orientation

Most people start the volunteering process by attending new volunteer orientation. You will learn about the volunteer opportunities that are available, the requirements, and next steps. You will also learn about RASKC's "bigger picture," including many facts about our animals.

Step 3: Participate in advanced training specific to certain volunteer roles

After you attend orientation, you will be notified of opportunities to register for trainings.

Types of Volunteers

Groups: If you and your crew are looking for a fun and positive team-building experience, read our volunteer opportunities page to see all the different ways your team can partake in helping and saving the lives of RASKC animals.

Youth Volunteers: If you are 9 to 15 years old, you must be accompanied by your parent/parent-designated adult guardian to this session, all training sessions, and all volunteer shifts. The parent/ guardian must also complete an online application and other required paperwork. If you are 16 or 17 years old, your parent/guardian does not need to be present if they sign and submit the necessary authorizations available below:

School Community Service: RASKC gives credit for school community service with the 50-hour commitment.

Court-Ordered Community Service: Court ordered community service for traffic-related (and comparable offenses) is sometimes available for volunteer roles based at the RASKC facility in Kent. Not eligible to volunteer with cats at a partner store.

RASKC is committed to King County's Equity and Social Justice Initiative. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation (including gender identity), or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, and local laws.

Volunteer Questions? Email us at or call (206) 296-3946

Our Adoption Centers


21615 64th Ave. S.

Kent, WA 98032

Mon-Fri: 12 noon - 6 p.m.

Sat-Sun: 12 noon - 5 p.m.

Eastside Pet Adoption Center

(Inside Kirkland Petco)

12040 NE 85th St.

Kirkland, WA 98033

Seven days a week: 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Adoption Partner Stores

Covington Petco

27111 167th Pl. SE, Ste 113

Covington, WA 98042

Crossroads Petco

15600 NE 8th St., Ste 1

Bellevue, WA 98008

Seattle Meowtropolitan

1225 N 45th St

Seattle, WA 98103

Reber Ranch

28606 132nd Ave. SE

Kent, WA 98042

The Whole Cat and Kaboodle

6501 132nd Ave NE

Kirkland, WA 98033

Tukwila Petco

17200 Southcenter Pkwy.

Tukwila, WA 98188

Pet Information Line
206-296-7387 (PETS)

TTY Relay 711