Primary Requirements

  • 18 Years of age*,
  • have or have access to reliable transportation,
  • Ability to lift dogs up to 50 pounds and the ability to move quickly and get up and down easily when working and playing with the dogs.
  • flexibility,
  • and a love of animals and people!
  • Reasonable accommodation can be made to allow a person with a disability to perform the essential functions of volunteering.

* 12 if part of a Family Team - Where at least one parent/guardian is present with the child.


Volunteering at PawPADs

PawPADs depends on volunteers to help raise and train these wonderful canines!

Volunteers have donated thousands of hours doing things such as dog care and feeding, puppy socialization, facility remodeling/maintenance, administrative work and fundraising, and, of course, training the dogs.

Volunteer applicants are considered without regard to race, sex, religion, creed, sexual orientation, veteran status, or ethnic origin.

PawPADs' volunteers fall into two general categories:

Direct Care volunteers generally have prior experience with dog care and/or training skills (but is not necessarily required, as we'll provide some training!) and complete a PawPADs-sponsored "PawPADs 101" class prior to working with our dogs. These volunteers commit to a regular schedule for at least once a week for 6 months.

Support service volunteers are around the dogs, but do not necessarily work directly with them. These volunteers can volunteer on a one-time basis or on an ongoing basis with no minimum commitment required. Experience or training in social services, or familiarity with PCs (QuickBooks, Email, Social media), and phone skills are valued skills. There are also unique opportunities for volunteers having specific skill sets (e.g. carpentry, marketing, information technology, fund-raising, event planning).

Getting Started

The first step is to attend one of our PawPADs information sessions at the PawPADs Training Center (9877 234th Street E., Lakeville).

  • You’ll get an overall view of what we do,
  • What service dogs and our dogs in particular are all about,
  • What kinds of programs we use to train dogs,
  • You’ll meet some of our dogs and get a tour of our Training Facility.
  • We can get a feel for what volunteer opportunities would be best for your expectations and PawPADs’ needs.

Drop us a note and find out when the next session is:

President’s Volunteer Service Award

The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA)

The PawPADs Volunteer program has been granted authority through a robust review process to administer the President’s Volunteer Service Award to volunteers as one of the few Certifying Organizations in the USA!

The President’s Volunteer Service Award sets you apart from your peers. It is a tremendous honor. Even though you may not seek recognition, your example can deliver a powerful message that encourages others to take action.

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PawPADs is a 501(C)(3) charitable organization so your contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.

(EIN: 510593176)

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9877 234th Street East
Lakeville, MN 55044-8299
Sorry, visit by appointment only.

Phone: (612) 643-5671