Save a Life
Volunteers are the reason for any success story at Paws For Life and without them we cannot continue the mission of helping the animals. Volunteers come in all forms, and each has a specific background, skill set, knowledge, ability, or talent that can benefit the animals. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out a Paws For Life Volunteer application form. We will be more than happy to find a place where you think you could be the most beneficial. Still aren’t sure? Read all about our volunteer’s hard work and see what it’s like here at Paws For Life.
What do Volunteers Do?
Work an Adopt-A-Thon Event
During the Event
- Set up cages
- Walk the dogs
- Provide the animals with fresh water
- Ensure each animal has a cage card
- Talk to prospective adopters about the animals
End of the Event
- Fold up cages and reload onto the trailer
- Put away bedding and bowls
- Put away cage cards
- Load animals back into the foster parent’s vehicles for transport back home
Some people prefer to work with the dogs and others with cats and some love both and you may choose what you want to do. We appreciate any time you can give, even if you can only stay an hour or too. You can choose where and when you want to help.
Make Phone Calls, Send E-mails
Planning Adopt-a-Thon events requires making phone calls or sending e-mail to volunteers, foster parents, and pet stores. All of which can be done at different times of the day or evening. If you can help on a regular basis, we can train you to make phone calls to organize the events or even to return some calls made to our voice mail.
Transport Animals to Veterinary Offices
Authorized volunteers are needed to pickup animals rescued from shelters and transport them to various vet offices for testing and vaccinations prior to being placed in a foster home. This needs to be done during the week, either in the morning or afternoon. Since many of our volunteers have full time day jobs, we need volunteers who have time during the day to help with this task.
Petco Condo Cleaning Team
We keep kitties at various Petco stores and we need volunteers to go clean the litter box and check on food and water. You can even take some time to love on the furry babies. If this is something you feel you can do, just let us know.
Skills such as typing, making signs, banners, brochures, pamphlets, etc. as well as word-processing, and using computer programs are needed. These are tasks which can be done as time permits since there are usually no deadlines which must be met. Also, making signs, banners, posters or displays is needed on an intermittent basis and does not require great artistic talent.
Volunteers are needed to assist in many other ways such as public relations, fundraising, washing pet bedding, and taking photographs. Everything from the usual mundane tasks to once-a-year things. Don’t see your “specialty” here? No problem. Please contact us and let us know your ideas. We are always looking for fresh ideas and new help.
Be a Junior Volunteer!
Younger animal lovers can also help! We accept volunteer applications for junior volunteers too. Children must be at least 14 years old, and must have written approval from a parent or legal guardian. The parent is also required to attend the event at which the junior volunteer is helping. Children 16 years old and older must also get written approval from a parent or legal guardian, but the parent is not required to attend the event with their child. If the parent wishes to become a volunteer and bring their child to be a junior volunteer, it is a great way to educate the younger generation, and solidify that special bond between parents, children, and the animals.