May 25th, 2021

Volunteering is a great way to enrich your life and the lives of animals. Through the help of volunteers we are able to provide one-on-one socialization for the animals as well as a clean and safe living environment. Volunteers are key in supporting staff, assisting in the care of the animals and helping to spread the word about Pixie’s work throughout the community. Whether you are a dog person, cat person, or a little bit of both, we have plenty of ways for you to help! The first step in becoming a Pixie volunteer is to attend on of our volunteer orientations.

ATTENTION POTENTIAL VOLUNTEERS: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the latest recommendations from health organizations at the city, state and federal levels, our shelter will remain closed to the public and we will be putting all new volunteer on-boarding on hold until further notice. We will be providing updates as often as possible via our website. Please check back and feel free to email if you have any questions!


Closed until further notice

If you are interested in attending an orientation, please email your full name and the date you’re interested in to so we can sign you up and provide the details. Orientations are generally NOT held at the shelter. We are looking for volunteers who can commit to volunteering for at least 3 months.

NOTE: For liability and insurance reasons, we can only accept volunteers who are 16 years or older.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Please note: Most of our current opportunities are available for single volunteers only. Due to the nature of the volunteer positions and the size of our shelter, it can be difficult for us to accommodate groups of volunteers. For more information, feel free to contact the Volunteer Coordinator via email at any time.

  • Dog Walker

Dog walkers help socialize our dogs to meeting new people both inside and outside of the shelter. They allow dogs to get out of the building and into the fresh air for some exercise, and also provide valuable feedback on the dog’s personality and how they react to stimuli in the big city. Dog walking shifts are available in 30-60 minute increments Tues-Fri 11-6 and Sat 11-4. Due to the popularity of this volunteer job, we limit dog-walking volunteers to two shifts per week. Due to the busyness of the area, this is an individual opportunity and is generally not available for couples or pairs.

  • Cattery

Cattery volunteers will help staff maintain the cleanliness of the cattery and provide playtime and socialization for the kitties. They will also be responsible for cleaning and handling cats in the isolation area. Cattery shifts are available twice a day (morning and evening) 7 days a week. The morning shifts begin at 10 am and the evening shift starts at 5 pm. Each shift generally lasts 1-2 hours.

  • Events and Outreach

Event volunteers assist by representing Pixie at events and talking to the public about where our animals come from and the positives of animal adoption. They help nurture community partnerships and educate the public about our many community services including our low-cost clinic and other services. They also help us fundraise much-needed money to keep our program running and growing!

  • Transport

Do you have a car and a desire to help Pixie? You can be a transporter!  We are in need of volunteers to help us pick up animals as well as donations. The need ranges from in-town transports to out of town road trips, so let us know what you are interested in!

We are incredibly grateful to our wonderful volunteers and appreciate the remarkable job they do for the animals, the adoption center, and our community.

Thank you for your support!

Your friends at The Pixie Project

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    510 N.E. MLK Blvd.
    Portland, OR 97232

    Retail: (503) 542-3432
    Adoption: (503) 542-3433
    Fax: (503) 542-3437

    Tuesday-Friday 11:00 - 6:00
    Saturday 11:00 to 4:00