Volunteer Application

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with ECC. It's only because of people like you that we are able to rescue animals from abuse and certain death and advocate on their behalf.


The Empty Cages Collective (ECC) is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization. As ECC (and the animals who have been entrusted into our care) relies exclusively on volunteer labor, love and commitment to continue our important life-saving work in animal advocacy, rescue, rehabilitation, release and adoption, we require a serious commitment of at least one 5-6 hours shift every week for a minimum of 6 months.


After submitting the application, an ECC volunteer staff member will contact you to schedule a phone interview and orientation/meeting as soon as possible.

After the orientation, there will be an initial 3-4 week trial period during which time both an ECC representative and you will evaluate the volunteer experience and decide whether working together as a team is a good and productive fit. Upon the successful conclusion of this trial period, the 6 month volunteer commitment will begin.


Volunteers are expected to follow ECC rules of conduct for volunteer staff.

If you are unable to fulfill your volunteer obligations for a certain week due to illness, other commitments, travel, etc. it is required that you 1) attempt to find a replacement volunteer for your shifts/the tasks you have agreed to perform for ECC for that week, and 2) make up the time (5-6 hours minimum) at a future time.

We require (at least) a two week notice if you will be ending your volunteer activities with ECC. This attempts to ensure that other ECC volunteers will not be unnecessarily overburdened unexpectedly with additional work and not put ECC animals' care and needs in jeopardy.



*** UPDATE***

As we work on renovating our rescue space, our volunteer obligations have changed.

During renovations, our most urgent needs are for foster homes, so please read about our foster program, contact our coordinators via info@emptycagescollective.org for more info, or fill out a foster application, right here, on our website.

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Before you click submit, please note that ALL the questions on the adoption application must be answered, in order for it to submit. We recommend scrolling trough your application after you finish the questionnaire, so you can make sure that here are no red highlighted question boxes.

Once you have submitted the application, an ECC representative will contact you as soon as possible to confirm the receipt. If we do not do so within a day, your application may have not submitted.


If we have not yet communicated via email (adopt@emptycagescollective.org and info@emptycagescollective.org), in regards to your present adoption application, please send us an email, letting us know of your adoption interest, so we may follow up with detailed information regarding said adoption.