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Join the Saving Paws ​Volunteer Family

We rely entirely on volunteers to care for the homeless, abandoned, injured and special needs pets we shelter. We are in constant need of volunteers to help in a variety of areas - please see below for the types of opportunities available as well as other important information regarding volunteer requirements.

Become a Saving Paws volunteer in three steps:

1. Submit an application here!

2. Email to schedule an orientation.

3. Attend the orientation, receive training, and start helping!


To become a volunteer, you’ll need to attend a Volunteer Orientation after submitting an application. At orientation you’ll learn more about how the rescue operates and how you can help. You’ll get a tour of the rescue and learn specific functions about your area of interest.  There is additional training required for several volunteer duties, and those training sessions will be discussed during orientation. Please contact the Volunteer Coordinators at to arrange a date and time for orientation.

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Volunteer at the Rescue


Onsite Volunteers

This volunteer opportunity is hands-on with our rescued animals. Responsibilities include refreshing food and water, scooping litter   boxes, changing newspaper and linens in the cages, etc.  Cleaning dog kennels, walking and playing with dogs.  You will also help with keeping the rescue itself clean by loading/unloading the dishwasher, doing laundry, sweeping, mopping, etc.


Dog Volunteers

As a dog walker, you provide dogs with exercise and socialization, start basic training if necessary, and help maintain previous training.  You can start walking dogs immediately after orientation and training. Bathing dogs and puppies.


Cat Volunteers

Saving Paws cats and kittens have free-range rooms at the rescue. When you volunteer with our rescue cats, you play with cats and kittens, help socialize shy kittens and cats, and groom long-haired cats. Grooming cats and kittens.


Additional Volunteer Opportunities

Office Support

Volunteers run the Saving Paws office. These are some tasks that you can help with:

  • Answer phones.

  • Provide clerical assistance in all volunteer areas.

  • Do data entry

Rescue Maintenance

Are you handy? Use your skills to save homeless pets! Not too long ago we found a great new location with a house and three huge barns in the back that we are turning into kennels, runs, a veterinary area, multiple cat rooms, and more!!! We are looking for animal lovers who want to help complete our rescue! Please email if you are interested in helping with a little light (or heavy) construction work. Our Maintenance Coordinator is looking to create a team of go-to people to contact when we need work done around the rescue, both skilled handy work and general maintenance. 


We often need volunteers for various projects:

  • Dry-walling

  • Painting

  • Flooring

  • Building shelves, fencing, etc.

  • People to assist with general maintenance changing light bulbs

  • Changing filters

  • Oil changes

  • Car maintenance

  • Lawn mowing

  • Snow plowing

  • Landscaping

  • Furniture and equipment movers

  • Certified electricians

  • Certified plumbers

If you are or know anyone that has these talents or is able to assist please e-mail and let us know what you can help with so we can e-mail this group for help when it is needed. Thank you!


Adoption Events


Volunteer 2-4 hours one Saturday or Sunday a month to visit a store with adoptable pets and network with the public by answering questions, collecting adoption applications, volunteer applications, etc. We have dog and cat adoption events at various locations. You can contribute to their success by volunteering in any of these ways:

  • Set up and tear down at events.

  • Transport animals and supplies to and from events.

  • Greet visitors and provide information about Saving Paws.

  • Help visitors meet and select pets.

  • Walk dogs during dog adoption events.

Please let us know if you’d like to commit to one, two, or more days a month. If you can be there for only part of the event, you can still help with transport, setting up, and tearing down afterwards.


Pet Transport

In addition to transporting dogs and cats to and from adoption events, volunteers transport them to and from vet appointments.


Fundraising and Community Outreach

Our fundraising committee develops and organizes fundraising events to raise valuable funds to support our mission. We need   volunteers at all levels of fundraising, from event staffing to leadership.  Become a member of our fundraising team and raise much needed money to help the animals in our care.  Email for more information


Event Planning

You can contribute in any of these areas:

  • Set up dates and times for events.

  • Assist with marketing and publicity.

  • Work with volunteer services to staff the event.

Post for the Paws

An easy way for volunteers of all ages to help! Receive a bi-monthly e-mail with a Word document attached that lists adoptable pet  photos and bios, that you print out and post in a community location of your choice (grocery stores, churches, schools, your place of employment, etc.) – a fun way for parent and child to volunteer together!  To sign up, please email  Download our list of currently adoptable pets here.


Youth Opportunities

The minimum age to volunteer at Saving Paws is 11 years old.  All youth ages 11 to 15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all training sessions.  Any volunteer under the age of 18 needs a parent or guardian’s permission to volunteer at the rescue or at any of our satellite events.

Rescue tours are available by appointment for groups. Please schedule at least 2 weeks in advance if possible. Groups are encouraged  to bring donated items for the rescue animals.

  • Wish list Fulfillment – locate donors for items from our wish list to bring to our rescue. This is a great way for children to directly help our pets by finding them toys, blankets, litter, etc. and it gives them a wonderful feeling of generosity and pride!

  • Party For The Pets – host a birthday, holiday, or other party and ask that guests bring donated items or money for the dogs and cats instead of a present. Schedule a time to bring these gifts in and receive a tour and see first-hand all the animals you are helping!

  • Rescue Spokesperson – pass out general information flyers or special notices regarding upcoming rescue events like Santa Pictures, Gift Wrapping, Garage Sales, etc. They can also print pictures of our animals and pass them out to classmates and friends to show  off our wonderful pets.

  • Classroom Organizers – talk to classes at their school about the rescue and encourage them to “adopt” Saving Paws Rescue as a community project. They can hold a coloring contest (winners posted on our website) and raise donations or gather items from our wish list. Some schools have organized change donation drives to benefit Saving Paws pets. Schools can schedule a visit to either    of our locations for a fun-filled moment of puppy love and education from our rescue spokes dogs!

  • Groundskeepers – organize a rescue beautification project. Your child’s classroom, troop or other groups can schedule time to come out and plant flowers, bushes or even pull weeds to help keep our rescue a beautiful and happy place for our pets.

  • Treat Bakers – bake organic treats for our pets! There are many dog biscuit and treat recipes that can be baked at home or as a  group to donate to our pets.

  • Sponsor A Pet In Need – Special needs dogs and cats need your help. Visit our “Sponsor A Pet” page to see a current list of animals in need who need your help. Be creative! School groups, girl scouts, etc have created fundraising projects ranging from car washes   to penny drives to help the pet of their choice.

Community Service

Our community service program helps volunteers meet requirements set for them through schools, scout troops, district court, and other organizations. To participate, community service volunteers must attend a new volunteer orientation and schedule their community  service hours with the volunteer coordinator. You will be given credit for the service hours and tasks that you commit to and then successfully complete. Only the volunteer coordinator signs for community service hours.

To perform community service for school, you must be at least 16 years old. Court-ordered community service will be available on a    case by case basis you may not be approved depending on the nature of the offense.  We offer community service opportunities seven days a week in either four or eight-hour blocks.

Volunteer Requirements

Rescue Care Volunteers Must:

  • Be eleven (11) years of age or older to volunteer with a parent and sixteen (16) years of age or older to volunteer alone.

  • Be able to squat, bend, twist, lift, and stand for long periods while working directly with the animals.

  • Attend required training classes.

  • Have a genuine concern for the welfare of animals.

  • Be able to complete multiple tasks, have good communication skills and be able to follow rescue safety protocol as outlined in the volunteer orientation.

  • Be self-motivated and have the ability to make appropriate judgment calls, asking questions when necessary.

  • Have a willingness to work with all animals, regardless of appearance. A sick animal is not always a pretty animal, but they may be  the one most in need of your love and attention.

  • Experience with cats and knowledge of feline “language” is preferred but not required.

Volunteer orientation provides an overview of Saving Paws policies and guidelines, and serves as an introduction to the various   volunteer programs. All volunteers are required to attend an orientation session before volunteering for Saving Paws.

Our Code of Conduct

Volunteers must put the welfare of animals first and  ust be willing to demonstrate a positive, customer-oriented attitude when dealing with the public as well as a collaborative, teamwork approach when dealing with other volunteers.

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