Monday, December 22, 2014

Get Involved

Thanks to our supporters, PAWS Atlanta has met the need of thousands of animals for 45 years. A group of community volunteers founded our 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
  • Clerical work
  • Helping with fundraising events and activities
  • Picking up bulk quantities of newspaper from AJC and delivering it to PAWS Atlanta
  • Assisting with animal handing for the monthly Comcast Pets On-Demand taping
  • Answering the phones and assisting with other Front Desk responsibilities
  • Helping at off-site adoptions
  • Helping with marketing efforts through social media activities
  • Assisting with events held throughout the community

Volunteer Process

All prospective volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation. Orientations are held on the 2nd Sunday and the 4th Saturday of each month from 10:30 am - Noon. 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. You will also submit an application and a signed consent form. Registration for an orientation is required. To register, email our volunteer coordinator.
Forms and Shelter Policies
Please download and complete the application and consent form and bring them with you to your scheduled orientation. In addition, please bring your photo id and a review the Do's and Don'ts for Volunteers document. 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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