Become a PAWS Volunteer

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Centre County PAWS. We invite you to complete an online application and join the ranks of devoted volunteers committed to helping homeless and needy dogs and cats.
It takes hundreds of volunteer and staff hours to maintain and grow the Center. The number of paid staff is limited so volunteers comprise the vast majority of people power at PAWS. It takes numerous volunteers to care for the dogs and cats every morning and evening, and there are dozens more "behind the scenes" volunteers working on adoption applications, fundraising, scheduling, ongoing medical care, and much more.

There are TWO STEPS to becoming a volunteer at PAWS:

1) Complete an online application.

2) Schedule your training by emailing the address for each section:

Dogs :
Cats :
Front Desk :
Any other requests, please email Once you've trained you can schedule your shift and start working!
Read below for more information about each step. 

Shifts with Greatest Volunteer Needs at PAWS

PAWS cares about animals so much that we bring in dogs and cats from various facilities throughout the state to help find their furr-ever homes. The recent addition of dogs from area SPCA’s means we need help with several of the dog shifts. Also listed are the neediest cat shifts, and we need friendly people to welcome the public during our open hours!

   - Dog Side: Monday AMFriday PM, Saturday PM
   - Cat Side: Monday AM, Sunday PM
   - Front Desk:  Saturday afternoon

Step 1: Volunteer Application

Please review our volunteer opportunities below and then complete your Centre County PAWS Volunteer Application online today!

Volunteer Opportunities

PAWS has a wide range of rewarding volunteer opportunities. For more information about available volunteer opportunities, please click here.

Volunteer Application

Step 2: RSVP for a Training Date

Once you have filled out your application, your next step is to RSVP by email to the appropriate training. Please see the information below on how to RSVP for the training you're interested in attending.
Special Considerations:

Volunteer Feedback Form

How do you think we're doing? We want to hear from you about what we're doing right and what we can improve upon at PAWS. Please fill out the survey below and provide us with feedback!