PALS Animal Life Savers was founded in 1995 by the local animal control officer and a firefighter. Today PALS has expanded to more than 40 volunteers who help keep the Adoption Center operating. 

Volunteer Opportunities


A large number of volunteers are involved in feeding, cleaning and socialization (FCS) in the Adoption Center. FCS includes cleaning the cat cages, restocking supplies, keeping the Adoption Center clean and neat, and providing the cats with supervised play time. When you socialize and care for the animals, you help to make their stay more enjoyable while making them more appealing to adopters. FCS is done twice a day, in the morning and in the evening. We are currently seeking FCS volunteers to fill a number of open shifts.

Adoption Counselors/Assistants:

PALS Adoption Counselors and Assistants meet with potential adopters, discuss their lifestyle and needs, and suggest the best cat as a companion animal. Counselors also provide information on introducing a new cat into a home, and are available to answer questions about basic cat care. Assistants often help introduce PALS and the current kitties to potential adopters and make themselves visible in the store to answer questions. Counselors and assistants are responsible for processing the necessary adoption paperwork and for making follow up calls to ensure cats are adjusting well in their new homes. Adoptions are held every Saturday from 11:00 - 4:00 and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. We are currently seeking Adoption Counselors and Assistants to fill a number of open weekend shifts.


Throughout the year we have opportunities to work on special events and fundraising initiatives, including events during Salem Heritage Days (August) and Halloween. Volunteers with marketing, social media, or graphic design skills are always appreciated, as are people willing to manage informational tables at special events.


Fostering is an extremely rewarding experience, and one that is integral to the successful placement of our cats and kittens. Commitment can range from housing an adult cat for a week or two until space opens up in the Adoption Center, to caring for a litter of kittens for a few weeks until they are big enough to be adopted. Some fosters are needed to work with cats on socialization skills and basic training. If interested in opening your home to fostering, our Feline Coordinator can speak with you further, addressing any questions or concerns. We are currently seeking Foster Caregivers.Please apply here: Foster Application

To learn more about volunteering for PALS, follow the links below.


Adopt a locally rescued cat or kitten through PALS, a no-kill, all-volunteer, nonprofit feline rescue group based in Salem.

Hours for adoptions: Saturday 11-4 & Sunday 11-3

You may view the available cats and kittens in their cages during regular PetSmart store hours.

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