Volunteer with MARL!

The life-saving work that we do at MARL would not be possible without the dedication of our volunteers. From walking dogs to working off-site events, our volunteers provide endless support to MARL’s mission.

Read below to see how you can get involved with MARL, and click here to sign up.


Cat Care Program

MARL’s Cat Rooms and Cage-Free Cat Room are maintained primarily by volunteers!  We need help cleaning each of these rooms in the morning before our shelter opens to the public. General duties include cleaning, doing dishes, scooping litter boxes, and providing the cats with food, clean water and clean bedding. In addition to cleaning, we also need volunteers to help socialize our cats and kittens throughout the day.

To volunteer in our cat rooms you need to be at least 18 years old and make at least a three month commitment of one day per week. Volunteers ages 13-17 may work cat rooms but need to be accompanied by an adult over 25 years old who is also a volunteer and must perform the same tasks.

Dog Care Program

The Dog Care Program at MARL gives you the opportunity to form relationships with our dogs while providing them with enrichment and socialization. This program is available to volunteers who complete a basic training. Dog walkers must be 21 years old and be able to make at least a three-month commitment of one day per week.

Offsite Cat Adoption Centers

PetSmart in Northville houses a number of adoptable MARL cats in their adoption center. PetSmart volunteers work as a team to ensure that our cats have a clean place to live and plenty of socialization!

Reading to Rescues

Curl up with a good book and the animals at MARL with our Reading to Rescues program! You can sit outside a dog’s kennel, camp out in our cage-free cat room, or even snuggle up with a pup in MARL’s Real Life Room and share your favorite story with a pair of listening ears.

*This program is open to one-time volunteers & does not require training or an orientation.

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