Volunteer with Paws Humane to help save a life.

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.

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**Volunteer hours can not be used towards court ordered community service hours**

Never Too Young to Volunteer

Kids & Teens love pets too! That’s why, at Paws Humane, we try and offer special volunteer opportunities to children and young adults — to help them build fulfilling lives and help serve homeless pets as well as their community. Check out some of our volunteer programs designed for our youth!

Kids & Teens Volunteer

Volunteer as an Individual

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!

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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.

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Our Service Enterprise Vision

Our volunteers contribute to our mission in BIG ways!

“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.”

Vaccinations and microchips provided
Volunteer hours logged.
Animals spayed & neutered.
Pets adopted.

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

Just when you thought you could escape these mundane but important tasks! Yep, our animals need clean towels, bedding and dishes just like your kids at home. If you enjoy routine and neatness, this could be right up your alley. Help with these tasks is needed anytime from 7am to 5pm every day.

Volunteer Dog Training

The shelter environment can be very stressful on the dogs and cats, and their stress levels directly coincide with their health. To keep our animals physically and mentally sound, it’s important for us to provide them with plenty of mental stimulation. Volunteers can work with our dogs, teaching them basic manners (sit, stay, no jumping, no mouthing) which helps them become more attractive to potential adopters.

Dog Walkers

Many of our dogs are housebroken or are in the process of becoming housebroken. Dog walkers ensure these animals get outside so they don’t have an accident inside which causes them anxiety. The exercise is crucial to decreasing anxiety as well. Beautiful wooded trails are on-site for daily walks.


We believe that every animal in our care deserves a happy and enriching experience while awaiting their forever home. That’s why we need volunteers to help with animal enrichment such as preparing peanut butter Kongs or frozen treats for daily dispersal, providing treat puzzles and toys for bored animals, taking over-active dogs to the play-yard for a game of fetch, sprinkling a little catnip here and there, etc.

In-Room Socializing

Many of our shelter animals may not have had the best experiences with people and do not know the meaning of true affection. Volunteers play an essential role in giving all of our shelter pets a good experience with people, instilling in them that people are not here to harm them, but to provide love and care. A well socialized animal is happy, which makes them more approachable and makes the transition into a new home much easier on the adopter and pet. Let an animal fall asleep in your lap and soak up some of the love these shelter pets have to offer!

Spot Cleaning

A clean room for our shelter pets makes all the difference in whether or not a potential adopter decides to enter a room. All volunteers and staff are responsible for spot cleaning dog and cat rooms as needed. Our motto is, “If you see it, clean it up.” Who knows…your effort to clean a messy room may lead to a forever home for a homeless pet!

Morning Cleaning

As you can imagine, much cleaning is needed here at Paws first thing every morning! Our Animal Care Techs arrive at 7am every day to heavily clean the adoptions and pre-adoptions kennels. Anything from scrubbing floors to changing litter is tackled during this time. It is advisable that volunteers wear long pants and rubber boots if possible.

Volunteer Dog Training

The shelter environment can be very stressful on the dogs and cats, and their stress levels directly coincide with their health. To keep our animals physically and mentally sound, it’s important for us to provide them with plenty of mental stimulation. Volunteers can work with our dogs, teaching them basic manners (sit, stay, no jumping, no mouthing) which helps them become more attractive to potential adopters.

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

The day-to-day duties of running an organization are endless and we count on volunteers to step in and help out whenever possible. Answering phones, greeting customers, checking messages, appointment reminder calls, filing, stuffing envelopes and data entry are just a few of the administrative duties we need help with.

Vet Clinic

Our low cost, high quality spay/neuter clinic is always busy with shelter/rescue clients and public clients. Depending on skill level and desire, clinic volunteers are needed to help clean kennels, do laundry, prep surgical instruments, prep animals for surgery, walk dogs, assist with recovery supervision, assist receptionists, etc. The clinic is an interesting and rewarding experience for those who have an affinity for shelter medicine.


Our staff organizes daily playgroups for our dogs, but they need volunteers to monitor and help prevent any play-yard mishaps. Volunteers can assist in dog introductions and help monitor safe play.

Community Outreach

Paws practices a community outreach initiative designed to extend animal welfare resources and information to pet owners who have the least access to services and information. We spend time getting to know people and their pets and we introduce them to our low cost and free veterinary services, face to face. As a Community Outreach Volunteer, you will have an opportunity to make a real and lasting impact on animal welfare in Columbus. The folks we have met love their animals and they appreciate our visits. It is an incredibly rewarding experience.

Community Cats Program

Community cats are the unowned outdoor cats that live in our neighborhoods. Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) is the humane, effective way to reduce the number of cats living on our streets. Volunteers help humanely trap community cats, transport them to Paws for spay/neuter surgery and vaccinations, and then return the cats to their original environment. Volunteers also help care for the cats while they recover from surgery at Paws.

Humane Education

Paws is dedicated to educating the public on pet overpopulation issues and the importance of spay/neuter, proper pet care, safe dog interaction and more. We bring shelter animals to visit elementary schools, give presentations or work on projects, and also host groups of children here at Paws for educational sessions and tours of the shelter.

Dog Bathing

We need volunteers that are eager to discover the beautiful surprise so often found beneath the coat of a dirty, matted, overgrown, neglected dog. Volunteers willing to wash, dry, puff, and fluff are needed each week.

Offsite Adoptions/Special Events

You will help to ensure our dogs are kept comfortable when offsite and have the opportunity to walk around and interact with the public, especially potential adopters.

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.


Be an In-Home Hero and save a life by becoming a Foster Parent to one of our shelter pets. Puppies and kittens cannot live in the shelter until after they are weaned, have had two rounds of vaccines and are big enough to be spayed or neutered. Some animals are shy and need time in a calm home environment where they gain the confidence to interact with the public. Still other animals are recovering from a broken bone, heartworms, or a skin condition and need a quiet and safe environment to heal. Foster parents give these animals the time they need to become viable adoption candidates. Attending a Volunteer Orientation is not required to become a foster parent. Simply  fill out your foster application online. Once your application is approved, you will be contacted by a member of our Foster Inspections Team to schedule a home inspection.

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Dog's Day Out

Check one of our shelter dogs out for a day at the park! Getting our dogs in the public eye can help them get adopted faster, as well as give them a much needed break from the stressful shelter environment. Attending a volunteer orientation is not required for participation in this program. Simply drop by our front desk to fill out a Dog’s Day Out application. You must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license to participate.

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For a more detailed look at our volunteer opportunities, Click here to view all available volunteer job descriptions offered at Paws Humane Society.

Volunteers Make A Difference

Helping others cannot only make you happier; it can also make you healthier. Studies prove there are social, emotional and physical benefits.

Paws Humane Society is an organization powered by volunteers, those that help those that can’t help themselves. Our volunteers are a caring people of all ages and backgrounds bound by a common love of animals. We could not achieve our mission without the dedication of our volunteers who donate their talent and time. We are always looking for animal-lovers who want to get involved. It’s a great way to make a difference and make new friends.

Volunteering for Paws saves lives, both the lives of the pets and people you help and yours. When you invest the time and energy to volunteer, you are investing in yourself just as much.

We simply can’t do what we do with you, because YOU ARE PAWS HUMANE.