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Volunteer at Paws Humane Society
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Paws Humane Society volunteer. Volunteers are vital to the work we do and we truly appreciate those who are able to donate their time to help the homeless pets of the Chattahoochee Valley. We believe in utilizing skilled volunteers with a passion for giving back to our community. In return, you will experience the reward of seeing lives saved on a daily basis. You will watch as families become complete and our community moves forward in becoming one of the leaders in our nation’s No Kill Movement.
How to Become a Volunteer
To take your first step toward helping save more lives, please complete our online volunteer application. Be sure to register for a volunteer orientation date at the end of your online application.
All applicants must be at least 18 years old and attend a volunteer orientation in order to get started as a Paws Volunteer.
We look forward to having you join our volunteer family!
Please note: this program is not for court-ordered or preemptive community service.
Volunteer as a Group
Group volunteering at Paws Humane Society is accepted on an as-needed basis. All group members must be at least 18 years of age. Due to limited space and management availability, groups may consist of no more than 10 volunteers. Group volunteering must be scheduled in advance through our application process.
We welcome groups to apply and our Volunteer Services Department will respond within 48 business hours.
Service Enterprise Vision
“To develop and maintain a qualified, proficient volunteer base with defined roles for volunteer positions, effective volunteer training, and a cohesive working relationship between staff and volunteers to achieve our vision of a No Kill Community.”
Flexible Volunteer Opportunities (Volunteer Orientation Required)
Our flexible volunteer opportunities allow oriented and trained volunteers to work in the shelter on their own time. No prior scheduling is needed, but an initial focused training session may be required before working in these areas. These include tasks that need to be performed within the shelter on a daily basis. You will find some task examples and their descriptions below:
Dishes and Laundry
Volunteer Dog Training
Scheduled Volunteer Opportunities (Volunteer Orientation Required)
Our scheduled volunteer opportunities allow oriented and trained volunteers to sign up for scheduled shifts as needed in each department. These are usually specialized tasks that require skill, training, dedication and accountability. Department Managers are responsible for scheduling volunteers for shifts within their own departments. Some tasks and their descriptions are included below:
Administrative and Customer Service Duties
Community Cats Program
Offsite Adoptions/Special Events
Volunteer Opportunities Open to the Public (Volunteer Orientation Not Required)
These volunteer opportunities do not require individuals to attend an initial orientation or training session. Both opportunities do, however, require an approved application before getting started.
Dog’s Day Out
“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” H. Jackson Brown Jr., the author of Life’s Little Instruction Book penned this statement. If it’s true, and I believe it is, the volunteers of Paws Humane Society must be the happiest people on earth.
Everyday I witness our volunteers generously giving up precious hours to provide comfort and companionship to our beautiful pets. They clean kennels, walk and train dogs, and hang out with the cats. I get to watch them make a difference, one animal at a time. The cumulative effect is magnificent.
Our volunteers contribute to our mission in BIG ways! Just check out the numbers below to see the impact our volunteers helped make in 2018.
Number of vaccinations and microchips provided through our Veterinary Clinic Wellness Program.
Pet owners assisted through our community outreach program.