Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with PAWS. There are many volunteer opportunities available. To learn more about our different volunteer opportunities, please read through the descriptions below.

Centre County PAWS provides a variety of volunteer opportunities for the following groups:

Basic Requirements:

To become a volunteer at Centre County PAWS you must:

  • Be 13 years old or older
    • Children under the age of 18 who are interested in regular volunteering must always be accompanied and supervised by a parent, legal guardian, or an authorized "responsible adult" (21 or older). Both the youth and adult must complete training classes for their area of interest.
    • Under 13? Click here to learn more about how you can help our animals!
  • Complete your volunteer application and attend a training session
  • Sign our code of conduct form and liability waiver
     

Volunteer Opportunities

Below a brief overview of the types of volunteer opportunities available for adults. More information will be provided during area-specific training sessions.

Read about some of our common dog and cat care FAQs


Help Our Dogs

  • Dog Care Volunteer: Provide clean water and food to our resident dogs, clean and disinfect dog kennels, and walk/exercise dogs in accordance with PAWS dog handling guidelines
  • Dog Adoption Helper: Greet visitors to the dog wing, talk to potential adopters, bring dogs into meet and greet rooms, become familiar with the dogs in residence, and spend time with the dogs for socialization
  • Sunday Dog Showing Volunteer: Become familiar with assigned adoptable dog and show dog to appropriate people looking to adopt

Once you are volunteering with us, there are more ways to get involved, such as:

  • Dog Adoption Counselor: Talk to potential adopters about PAWS dog adoption requirements, help individuals select an appropriate dog, review and process adoption applications, and coordinate adoption completion times.
  • Dog Shift Leader: Serve as lead volunteer, stay up-to-date on dog care policies and procedures, provide direction, guidance, and training to shift volunteers, and inform of any problems.
  • Dog Volunteer Mentor: Complete post-training checklist to train new volunteers, stay up-to-date on dog care policies and procedures, and foster a welcoming environment for new dog volunteers
  • Dog Line Volunteer: Check voicemails left on the PAWS dog line, provide daily call backs, provide assistance and information to individual callers, and enter information provided into online database


Help Our Cats

  • Cat Care Volunteer: Tend to our cats by providing clean water and food, clean cat areas, disinfect cages, give medications, and perform general cleaning duties
  • Cat Adoption Helper: Greet visitors, talk to potential adopters, bring kittens and cats into meet and greet rooms, and spend time with the cats for socialization

Once you are volunteering with us, there are more ways to get involved, such as:

  • Cat Adoption Counselor: Talk to potential adopters about PAWS adoption requirements, review and process adoption applications, and coordinate adoption completion times 
  • Cat Shift Leader: Serve as lead volunteer, stay up-to-date on cat care policies, provide direction and guidance to shift volunteers, and inform of any problems.
  • Cat Mentor: Complete post-training checklist to train new volunteers, stay up-to-date on cat care policies and procedures, and communicate with Cat Mentor Coordinator
  • Cat Pet Partner - PP: Spend time with a cat needing socialization and provide updates and progress reports to Cat Pet Partner Coordinator. Pet Partners must spend at least 1/2 hour 3x a week with their chosen cat.
  • Cat Line Volunteer: Check voicemails left on the PAWS cat line, provide daily call backs, provide assistance and information to individual callers, and enter information provided into online database


Foster An Animal

  • Foster A Cat: Spend time playing with and exercising the cat daily, observe the cat, and drop of the kittens/cat Friday night or Saturday morning for weekend showings. 
  • Foster A Dog: Spend time playing with and exercising the dog daily, provide a safe and loving home, and attend weekly dog showings on Sunday from 12-2pm. 

Click here to learn more about our Animal Foster program


Other Shelter Opportunities

  • Front Desk VolunteerWelcome all visitors and volunteers to PAWS, answer questions, answer phone calls, accept donations from visitors, and help with administrative tasks as needed.
  • Landscaping Volunteer: Mulch trees, water/plant flower beds, remove rocks from the field to facilitate mowing, and work on other seasonal chores
  • Publicity Team Volunteer:  Work in cooperation with Publicity Director to promote PAWS in a coordinated, coherent, and effective manner. Publicity team members ideally possess such skills in fields such as graphic design, marketing, photography, copywriting, event planning, and/or stewardship

 

Sign up to become a Centre County PAWS Volunteer today!