Monday, October 23, 2017

Get Involved

Thanks to our supporters, PAWS Atlanta has met the need of thousands of animals for 48 years. A group of community volunteers founded our no-kill shelter in 1966, and that spirit of caring has continued to guide our important work. There are many rewarding ways to become involved with our organization.

Every day we rely on our dedicated volunteers to help fulfill our mission. As such, we strive to make your volunteer experience as rewarding as possible. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.

PAWS Atlanta always needs volunteers for the following activities:
  • Walking and socializing dogs, including some basic training activities
  • Working in the cat cottage, especially on Saturdays and Sundays
  • Working at our vaccination clinics
  • General landscaping
  • Cleaning, organizing
  • Clerical work
  • Helping with fundraising events and activities
  • Assisting with animal handing for the monthly Comcast Pets On-Demand taping
  • Answering the phones and assisting with other Front Desk responsibilities
  • Helping with marketing efforts through social media activities
  • Assisting with events held throughout the community

Volunteer Process

1.) Click here to complete the volunteer application.

2.) All prospective volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation. Orientations are held every Saturday at 10:30am. During the orientation, you will learn about PAWS Atlanta’s history and our policies and procedures and you will be given a tour of the facility. Registration for an orientation is required. After submitting the application, you will receive an email with instructions on how to register yourself for an upcoming orientation.

3.) After attending an orientation session, you will receive an email with instructions on how to schedule yourself online for future volunteer opportunities.

4.) Questions? Click here to email Harriet our Volunteer Coordinator.

Forms and Shelter Policies

Volunteer Waiver: Click here to download a copy of the Volunteer Waiver. Please bring a signed copy of this waiver with you to orientation along with a photo ID.

Volunteer Do's and Dont's: Click here to review this document before your orientation. These guidelines were established for your safety, as well as the safety of our staff and the animals in our care. Volunteers must abide by these guidelines, as well as the instructions and directions of the staff at all times.

Group Volunteer Opportunities

PAWS Atlanta welcomes volunteer groups of all sizes and skill levels for special projects that help us maintain our beautiful shelter. If you wish to coordinate a volunteer day with your company or school, please email Nancy Longacre at for more information.

Community Service

PAWS Atlanta accepts community service for certain misdemeanors. Community service activities may include cleaning kennels, cleaning the grounds and cleaning the Cat Cottage. For more information about community service requirements, please call 770-593-1155.
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