The Everett Animal Shelter invites you to participate in a pet food drive to help care for the stray and lost pets being cared for at the shelter. Community members are very generous in their donations of pet food for the animals at the shelter, and the supply is getting very low. The Everett Animal Shelter’s mission is to return lost animals to owners, provide shelter and care to lost or unwanted animals and find new homes for adoptable pets.  Shelter workers and volunteers care for about 9,000 animals each year. Community members interested in donating dog or cat food can drop off un-opened food at the shelter at: 333 Smith Island Rd, Everett, WA 98201.

Hours for donation drop offs:
 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays
10 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. Saturdays
11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sundays

 For more information about donations, contact Shannon Delgado at
425-257-6013 or

Anyone interested in participating in the Shelter’s volunteer program,
which has more than 100 active participants, can contact Hilary Hager at
425-257-6011 or <;

Volunteer opportunities at the shelter include:

Dog Walking
Help to increase the adoptability of the dogs in our care by working
with specific, positive reinforcement techniques to encourage them to
display desired behaviors. Volunteers are trained to encourage the dogs
to focus, sit, and walk well on leash while working with dogs during
exercise and socialization time. This can be a very physical, outdoor
job and many of the dogs are untrained. Some experience with dogs is
helpful as the shelter takes in many different breeds and sizes of dogs.
Volunteers should have basic knowledge of dog behavior and be able to
safely handle dogs at all times.

Kennel Assistance
Work with the dogs to improve their adoptability and provide assistance
to members of the public by answering questions about the animals and
setting up visits with potential adopters. Volunteers are trained to
encourage the dogs to focus, sit, and walk well on leash while working
with dogs during exercise and socialization time. Some experience with
dogs is helpful as the shelter takes in many different breeds and sizes
of dogs, and many of them are untrained. Kennel volunteers also help
provide care to the small mammals in our Small Furry Animal room.
Volunteers should have basic knowledge of dog behavior, be able to
safely handle dogs at all times, and help with laundry and dishes.

Cat Room Assistance
Help to provide care and socialization to the cats, kittens, rabbits,
guinea pigs and other small mammals in our care. Volunteers spend time
in the cat room petting, brushing and playing with the cats and provide
assistance to members of the public by answering questions about the
animals and providing the opportunity for potential adopters to spend
time with individual animals to better get to know them. Volunteers
should have some knowledge of basic cat behavior, be able to safely
handle all animals in the cat room and help with laundry and dishes.

Pet Detective
Help members of the public looking for lost pets by maintaining print
outs of all animals held in the shelter, escorting visitors to
stray-hold areas to look for possible matches, and compare lost and
found reports at the shelter, in the newspaper and on the internet to
help reunite lost companion animals with their families. Volunteers must
have good communication skills and the ability to provide high quality
customer service.

Provide a warm and friendly welcome to visitors to EAS, directing them
to the appropriate area of the shelter, answering questions and
operating our user-friendly tag engraving machine to ensure owned
animals have proper identification.

Help members of the public find the right companion for their family and
lifestyle by providing adoption counseling and introductions to animals
that might fit the bill. Use EAS’ Open Paw program to help provide
information about how to best integrate a new companion into the home
and to increase the probability of successful adoptions. This position
is restricted to volunteers who are 18 and over.

Adoption Promotion Assistance
Help our animals find loving and permanent adoptive homes by promoting
the animals to potential adopters. Volunteers take digital photos and
write up fun descriptions of the animals so they can put their best paw
forward on internet adoption sites. Volunteers take the photos here
using their own camera, but can upload the content from home or the

Help improve the comfort and adoptability of the dogs and cats in our
care by bathing and grooming them to look their best. Volunteers brush
and bathe and even sometimes trim the fur of the animals to make them
more attractive to potential adopters, and ready to go into their new
homes. We provide training to any interested volunteers for grooming and
safe animal handling. Comfortable, clean-looking animals are more likely
to be adopted, and groomers are critical to helping with that process.

Outreach & Community Event Assistance
Go to where the people are and take animals and information about
Everett Animal Shelter with you! Outreach volunteers help us spread the
word about responsible pet ownership and the animals we have available
for adoption. From adoption events in the shelter and around the Puget
Sound area to community events like Bark in the Park, Mutt Strut and the
4th of July Parade, Outreach and Community Event volunteers join staff
in engaging the public in our good work and help ensure more are animals

Volunteer Program Assistance
Provide administrative support for the volunteer program by helping with
data entry, filing and paperwork support. Volunteers should have some
basic computer skills and good communication skills. This opportunity
allows for flexible hours of service.

Transport Team
Help support Everett Animal Shelter with the transfer of animals to our
placement partners throughout the Puget Sound by using your own vehicle
to transport animals to other shelters and/or rescue groups. This
opportunity occurs on an on-call basis; transportation usually occurs
during our regular operating hours. Volunteers often assist with this
program in addition to helping in other areas.

Foster Care
Help save the lives of animals needing temporary housing before they can
become available for adoption. These cats, kittens, dogs and puppies may
need time in a volunteer’s home to recover from treatable illness or
injury, or who simply need to get a little older and gain weight before
we can neuter them and make them available for adoption into their new
forever homes. Foster care is essential to help us meet our goal of
increasing the number of animals we are able to place. Volunteers must
attend a foster care orientation before getting started.

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