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

*A foster program for young, motherless kittens & puppies.* Click here to learn more.

PAWS is currently recruiting foster-volunteers! You must be a Rutherford County, TN resident to become a PAWS Foster Volunteer.  

How to apply:

*Online application coming soon!*

On-Site & Outreach Volunteer Program

*Notice- General Volunteer Program Suspended: PAWS is unable to bring in new volunteers at this time. We are working with our current and previously enrolled volunteers, and hope to begin adding new members to the team soon. However, we are still accepting applications! PAWS is always looking for animal-lovers to join our team.

*(Note: You do not have to be a Rutherford County, TN resident to volunteer at the shelter. This is only a requirement for the Foster Volunteer Program). 
If interested in applying to volunteer and to learn more about volunteer opportunities, please proceed by emailing: paws@rutherfordcountytn.gov or contacting the volunteer coordinator at 615-898-7740 (please leave a brief message if we are unable to take your call at that time).  

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 (may need to leave a message) for more info on how to begin completing your hours with PAWS. 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. *For short-term volunteer hours, another adult may be considered acceptable as a guardian when completing hours. Please contact the shelter for more info!

We look forward to having you volunteer with us!