Volunteers are a vital part of life here at PAWS. They provide undivided attention to the animals, help staff around the office and more. 

PAWS [Neonate] Foster Volunteer Program

PAWS Foster Care Volunteers help care for young, motherless kittens & puppies. Kittens & puppies' immune systems are still developing, which increases their chances of illnesses. Foster care allows young pets to have the attention they need to ensure a better chance to live and thrive. No experience is needed to become a Foster Care Volunteer - we'll give you all the training and support you need!

To apply:

[Click here to begin the PAWS Foster Volunteer Orientation!]

On-Site & Outreach Volunteer Program

Interested in volunteering at the shelter? On-site (& outreach) volunteers help PAWS maintain high quality care of the animals and continue life-saving work, through innovative programs and services to the community. There are numerous ways you can volunteer at the shelter - you will learn more in the online Volunteer Orientation!

To apply:

[Click here to begin the PAWS On-site & Outreach Volunteer Orientation!]

For more questions about PAWS' volunteer programs, please contact the shelter:
By phone: 615-898-7740 (option 5) & request the Volunteer Coordinator
*Please leave a brief message if we are unable to take your call at that time.
By email: paws@rutherfordcountytn.gov

Court-ordered Community Service

 *Court-ordered Community Service is currently suspended until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience.

General information: This program is only  open to those who have been assigned service hours via the courts/judicial system. Please contact the shelter at 615-898-7740 for more info on how to begin completing your hours with PAWS (please leave a brief message if we are unable to take your call at that time). Hours completed in any other PAWS program  do not count towards court-ordered hours.

Please note:  Generally, those under 18 years of age must be accompanied by their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) at all times when volunteering. A parent of a friend, grandparent or older sibling cannot be accepted as accompaniment when volunteering at PAWS, unless they are guardians legally appointed by the courts.

We look forward to having you volunteer with us!

Volunteer Sign in:

[Current volunteers click here to sign into Volgisitics!Contact the Volunteer Coordinator for any questions.