Volunteers are a vital part of life here at PAWS. They provide undivided attention to the animals, help staff around the office and more. To join the PAWS Volunteer Program, you must attend one orientation class and turn in a completed application (App below). Orientations generally last no longer than an hour. Please contact the shelter or email PAWS to sign up for an upcoming class. *Please note: Those under 18 years of age must be accompanied by their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) at the orientation AND at all times when volunteering. A parent of a friend, grandparent or older sibling would not be acceptable as accompaniment when volunteering at PAWS, unless they are guardians appointed by the courts.

This program is designed for those wanting to regularly assist PAWS. If you are looking for just a few hours for a class, club, etc., please contact the shelter and ask for Lindsay, to schedule these hours and see if work is available at this time.

When arriving, please enter by ringing the bell at the 'Animal Receiving/Surrender' door, located at the left side of the building by the tall flag pole. 

**For court-ordered community service, please contact the shelter at 615-898-7740 for more info. Hours completed in this program do not count towards court-ordered needs.**

Volunteer Application & Agreement Form
(Please be sure to print and complete both pages and bring them to orientation. One is needed per participant, including parents.)

Upcoming Volunteer Orientation Dates:

Orientations are held once a month on Saturdays at 8 a.m. Please contact the shelter or email paws@rutherfordcountytn.gov to sign up for an upcoming class.

 +March 16

 +April TBA

-For specific volunteer needs, group service day scheduling & other questions please contact Lindsay, PAWS Public Relations Specialist, at 615-898-7740 and press 5 to leave a message, including your name and number, for a timely call back. Thank you!