Volunteering at PawPADs
PawPADs depends on volunteers to help raise and train these wonderful canines!
Our volunteers come from many different walks of life and professions. Some have spent so much time with us, they are vital to daily operations and are very much part of our family. They have donated thousands of hours doing things such as dog care, training and feeding, puppy socialization, facility remodeling/maintenance, administrative work, and fundraising.
Volunteer applicants are considered without regard to race, sex, religion, creed, sexual orientation, veteran status, or ethnic origin.
- 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.
- 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.
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).