RASKC volunteer program overview
Making this world a better place for animals, one step at a time...
Care for the animals is provided by the winning combination: Professional staff and wonderful volunteers!
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.
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:
- General Release Form
- Overview of Volunteer Policies and Procedures
- Policies and Procedures Signature Form
- Volunteer Agreement and Release Form
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.
Pet Adoption Center
21615 64th Ave. S.
Kent, WA 98032
Mon: 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Tue-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
28606 132nd Ave. SE
Kent, WA 98042
27111 167th Pl. SE, Ste 113
Covington, WA 98042
15600 NE 8th St., Ste 1
Bellevue, WA 98008
17200 Southcenter Pkwy.
Tukwila, WA 98188