Cat Care Program

MARL’s Cat Room 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 are also in need of volunteers to help socialize our cats and kittens throughout the day.

To volunteer in our cat rooms you will need to be at least 18 years old and  be able to 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 Walking

Dog Walking at MARL gives you the opportunity to form relationships with our dogs while providing them with enrichment and socialization, increasing their adoptability.  This program is available to volunteers who complete a basic training. Dog walkers must be 21 years old.

To volunteer as a dog walker you must be at least 21 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!




Saying YES will save their lives

  Brew arrived in our lobby after being turned away from two other shelters, including the one he was originally adopted from. His owner said he was a good boy but they didn't have time for a dog and Brew was spending most of his time tied... Read More

Peanut's Purrfect Match!

Peanut arrived at MARL in April 2017. He was nervous at first but with the help of staff and volunteers he adjusted very quickly! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOThDpEpE2E Staff and volunteers could not help but fall in love with this... Read More

Gracie's Transformation

When Gracie arrived at MARL in April 2018 she was underfed, not socialized, and her fur was terribly matted. She was terrified of humans, rarely saw the outdoors, and had never been on a walk. Gracie came... Read More