Dog Care Volunteer Training

We are now accepting and training new dog care volunteers! Please see below as our training process has changed. 

Dogs living at PAWS need our help 365 days per year and how many dogs PAWS can help is directly related to how many regular Dog Care Volunteers we have. Dog Care Training goes over the basics of the entire dog side of PAWS including dog handling, volunteer and dog safety, feeding and basic cleaning.

Shifts Available

This training allows you to work our AM/PM shifts as well as participate in special events. The AM shifts run from about 8-11 am. The PM shifts run from 5:30-9 pm with the core shift running from 6-8 pm.

Dog Care Volunteer Responsibilities

These volunteers walk the dogs, handle feedings, do laundry, have doggie play time, and complete general dog side tasks as needed to provide our dogs the best environment possible. You should have some dog experience and generally be comfortable around dogs, including medium to larger dogs. If you are more interested in helping with the dog adoption side of things, please read our Dog Adoption Helper Volunteer information page.

Dog Care Training Process

  • Pre-registration is required -- you MUST receive an email from Kim to confirm your mentor registration.  You are not registered for a mentor session until you receive a confirmation.
  • Training takes place in 3 parts:
    • Part 1: you'll watch our virtual training class. This is a playlist of videos that runs about 1 hour total.
    • Part 2: you'll take our training class quiz and email once you've completed the quiz to set up your mentor session. We ask that you get at least 8 out of 10 questions correct on the quiz. You can take the quiz multiple times if needed until you get 80% of questions correct.
    • Part 3, mentoring shift: The second part of the training includes working with a mentor to make sure that you’re comfortable coming to PAWS to volunteer after the training. You will shadow a more experienced Dog Care Volunteer in order to gain more "hands on" experience. Please wear rugged closed-toe shoes and a coat, if needed, since we are outside for part of the training, rain or shine! You can sign up for additional mentor shifts, or begin volunteering on your own once your mentor shift is complete. You will coordinate a mentor shift time when you email our dog volunteer trainer in part 2 of the process. The mentoring shifts are from 8-11 am and 6-9 pm.

Additional Information:

  • The minimum age to volunteer for dog care is 13 years old. All youth under the age of 18 must volunteer with a trained adult at all times. Both the youth and adult need to attend the training class. All youth volunteers must come with a trained adult until they are 18 years old and work side by side with this person.
  • Weekly (regular) volunteers get the most out of their volunteering and tend to form close relationships with the animals in our care and the other volunteers. We prioritize scheduling volunteers who can commit to at least weekly volunteer shifts.
  • If you are interested in volunteering for community service and are completing less than 30 volunteer hours, please visit our Community Service Volunteers page. We cannot accommodate requests for short term volunteering with the Dog Care option.
  • If you have special needs considerations, please visit our Special Needs Volunteers page.

Steps to Request Registration for Dog Care Volunteer Training

All volunteers must preregister for a mentor session. We are currently not taking any walk-ins during our training sessions. Your mentor shift registration is not confirmed until you receive an email from the Dog Training instructor confirming your registration. If you have any questions about registering, please email our Dog Volunteer Training team.