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Animal Rescue Volunteers Wanted!

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Saving One Life Animal Rescue and Sanctuary! We literally would not exist without the hard work and loving dedication of our Foster and Adoption Center Volunteers!

We’re different from many other animal rescue organizations because we are completely Foster based. This means that we spend the donations we receive directly helping the animals rather than paying rent on a shelter building.

Adoption Center Locations

We have seven PetSmart adoption centers in Arizona and one in Escondido, California. We are always in need of volunteers who can donate one to two hours (or more) every week or every month.

Our Center Volunteers spend the majority of their time caring for animals in the Adoption Centers:

  •  Playful interaction and cuddles with the kitties
  •  Light cleaning of each kennel (food, water, litter, etc.)
  •  Showing cats to potential adopters and interacting with the public

We provide training and ongoing support to our Center Volunteers. If you can donate some time and are interested in becoming a volunteer, please complete our volunteer application online.

Please also consult our current adoption center locations.

Foster Family Volunteers

Our Foster families are essential to our success as a rescue. Volunteer Foster families are the reason we have been able to rescue so many at-risk animals on a comparatively shoestring budget.

Every animal we save is placed in a loving foster home to prepare for adoption. We provide training and ongoing support to our Foster families. We also provide for food, litter, supplies and veterinary care for the foster animals we place.

Our Foster families provide a safe and loving environment to prepare rescued and often traumatized animals for adoption. Depending on the vetting of the animal, age or needs, commitment can range from two to eight weeks. Initial training and continued education is provided along with a mentor to guide you along the way.

If you are interested in becoming a Foster Family and helping us save more animals, please submit your foster family application online.

Animal Transport

Periodically, we need assistance in transporting our animals.  This may include to / from:  Shelter, Veterinarian, Adoption Center, Owner and more.

If you are interested in helping transport, let us know by submitting an application to volunteer or sending us an email to volunteer@savingonelife.org.

Colony Cat Care / TNR

We participate in TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return) across the Phoenix Metro area and San Diego county.  We always need help in all aspects of trapping:  night trapping, overnight hold, transport, returning and release.

We provide nightly feedings at over 70 community cat colonies in the east valley in Arizona, and San Diego County in California. We are always in need of dedicated individuals to help feed these stray / feral felines in need.  Food is provided.

If you can donate a few hours per week to feed Colony Cats, or would like to help us during TNR events then please apply and we’ll match you with colonies that best align with your availability and location.


Together, we can do great things. To increase our impact, we work with organizations that share the same goal, to save those animals in need.We work with Save a Stray Animal Foundation to help provide nightly feedings to Chandler community cats.

We work with Yuma Animal Protection and Reporting and OC Community Cats by intaking cats they have saved from a life outdoors when they are meant for indoor living.

We partner with a variety of shelters in Arizona and California to reduce the number of cats and dogs euthanized as well as cats that are forced to be returned to their colony despite being adoptable (Return-to-Field).


Recognizing that animals in needs come from a variety of circumstances and sources, we work to provide resources and education to individuals and groups alike.
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