How do I become a volunteer?
The first step is to fill out our Volunteer Application. Please fill out the application online. Once we have received your application, you will be contacted through email to set up a Volunteer Orientation (please allow 4-6 weeks for processing).
Is there an age requirement to volunteer?
Yes. Volunteers must be 18 years or older.
My teenager wants to volunteer. Can they?
We do have a Junior Program for volunteers between the ages of 14 and 17 and must have parental consent.
What is the time commitment?
The minimum commitment is a standing minimum 3-hour shift each week for at least 6 months.
Mornings 7:30am – 10:30am (Saturday and Sunday only)
Afternoons 11:30am – 4:00pm
Evenings 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Why are new volunteers required to make a $40 donation?
New volunteers are kindly asked to make a one-time, tax-deductible donation of $40 at the time of your first volunteer orientation. This covers the cost of your volunteer t-shirt, training and application processing. We are very grateful for your help and realize that many volunteers donate their time in lieu of a monetary contribution. But without this extra help, we could not afford to maintain a successful volunteer program.
How soon after orientation can I begin volunteering?
How has the pandemic affected volunteer operations?
Peoples Animal Welfare Society (P.A.W.S.) prioritizes the safety of everyone who walks through our doors. Anyone entering the shelter must wear a mask at all times (properly, over the nose), sanitize frequently, and keep socially distant from others. Additionally, we limit the amount of volunteers allowed on-site per shift. You’ll learn more about specifics during your orientation.
What should I wear?
Closed-toe shoes are required for volunteering in all animal areas. Sneakers or hiking shoes are the preferred footwear. Clog-type shoes are not permitted. Long pants are strongly recommended for volunteering in any animal care area. Volunteers are advised to dress in layers during the spring, fall and winter months because the mornings can be chilly and the afternoons warm.
Can I bring my child with me when I volunteer? I want him/her to have the experience of caring for animals.
Unfortunately, no. We do not have volunteers under the age of 18 working at the shelter. Additionally, if you are watching your child, you are not focusing 100% on your job, which can be dangerous.
Can I bring my family member or friend to volunteer with me?
No. Anyone who performs the duties of a volunteer or enters Staff Only areas (such as the corrals) must be a registered volunteer of Peoples Animal Welfare Society (P.A.W.S.). This is for the safety of our staff, volunteers and animals.
Does Peoples Animal Welfare Society (P.A.W.S.) offer foster opportunities to volunteers?
We do have a a foster program that is open to Peoples Animal Welfare Society (P.A.W.S.) volunteers. You will find out more about this at your volunteer orientation.
How do I volunteer for events?
Peoples Animal Welfare Society (P.A.W.S.) volunteers are welcome to volunteer at all events. Once you have attended both orientations, you will begin to receive weekly volunteer emails with information on upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.
Can I pick up any infections or diseases at the shelter?
Our cats and dogs are all under veterinary care and have received their standard vaccinations. In the event an animal comes down with a contagious infection, we isolate them from the rest of the shelter and inform volunteers of their condition. While we take every precaution to protect our staff and volunteers, the risk of contracting minor infections ( i.e. Ringworm), is present in all animal shelters and facilities with a large number of animals.
I have a disability. Can I still volunteer?
Peoples Animal Welfare Society (P.A.W.S.) has a place for everyone. Some of our volunteer opportunities (such as dog walking) require volunteers to be in good physical condition, however, we have different options for volunteers of all abilities.
Do you accept court ordered community service?
At this time we do not offer any court ordered community service.
Have more questions?
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