VolunteersThe Potter League could not function without our great volunteers. Volunteering at the Potter League can be a fun and gratifying experience. Working with animals is its own reward and meet other animal lovers. 

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Interested in Becoming a Volunteer?

Want to do good in your community and get a regular furry-friend fix? Become a volunteer at the Potter League for Animals!

To become a volunteer, we ask that you first attend a general information session. These are held in the Education Room here at the Potter League monthly and the dates are posted below. These classes cover information about our mission, programs & services, volunteer opportunities, and the minimum requirement we ask that all volunteers adhere to.

When you volunteer at the Potter League for Animals, you're joining a family of volunteers and staff committed to providing love and support for the homeless pets in our care. As a volunteer, you'll be helping homeless animals receive the loving care and second chances for happiness they deserve.

We ask that all volunteers donate a minimum of 4 hours a month for a minimum of 6 months. There is a one time $20 fee for all new volunteers that covers the cost of administrative processing, name tags and volunteer uniform. College students are exempt from paying the $20 fee.

Upcoming Information Sessions:

Wednesday, November 29th, from 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Tuesday, February 6th, 2018, from 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Sunday, March 4th, 2018, from 10:00 –11:00 am

Information Sessions are DROP-IN. No pre-registration is required. They all take place at the shelter in the Education Room, which is located on the Second Floor.

Here are some of the opportunities that await you!

Interested in Becoming a Youth Volunteer?

Become a Pet Pals Team! Any volunteer under the age of 15 must have an adult accompany him/her at the shelter. Supervising adults must first attend a General Information Session. Children 10 years and older are welcome to attend, but it’s not mandatory. There is a limit of two children per adult. Following the General Information Session, attendance at an orientation class is required of the supervising adult and child(ren). A fee of $30 per family will be collected at the orientation class. Volunteering for a minimum of 4 hrs. per month for 6 months is required of all Pet Pal Teams.

Youth Volunteer: ANYONE 6 -14 YEARS OLD. Youth volunteers can work with cats, but cannot have contact with dogs until they are 15 yrs. old. A supervising adult who has also gone through training must accompany youth volunteers at all times while volunteering.

Adult Volunteer: ANYONE 15 YEARS OR OLDER. No adult supervision is required and dog walking is permitted.


Foster parents are heroes and allow us to help even more animals in the community! One animal in your home allows us to rescue another. Become a foster parent today. Download a Foster Application (PDF). Please email completed applications to JillH@potterleague.org. 

Looking for more ways to help? Help supply foster parents with everything they need. Visit our wishlist.

Other Volunteer Applications

Salve Regina University Service Advocates & Semester-In-Service Students Application

Camp Happy Tails Volunteer Counselor Application (minimum age: 14 years old)

Download a Release Form (PDF)

Court Ordered Community Service

The Potter League for Animals does accept Court Ordered Community Service. However, please do NOT submit the above application for Court Ordered Community Service. Please call 401-846-8276 ext 121. Please bring your Driver's License or State ID, and the required court documents. Minimum age for Community Service is eighteen (18). No violent, sexual, animal related or drug offenses are accepted.

Thank you for making my time volunteering at the Potter League the best ever. I really enjoyed working with the staff and I learned so much. My experience has enhanced my passion for animals.



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