Volunteer Application

PAWS VOLUNTEER APPLICATION
MINIMUM AGE TO VOLUNTEER IS 9
Minors 9-15 MUST ALWAYS be accompanied by a guardian
Guardian must also fill out an application.

Shirt Size? Adult Sizing - Volunteer T-shirts are available for $15. It is highly suggested volunteers wear T-shirts during work times.
PAWS Volunteer Opportunities - Check All That Apply - See below for more details.

Adoption Events

Escort dogs and cats to/from off-site events in your vehicle. Show off animals, interact with public and answer questions to get animals adopted. Help get dogs from kennels during on-site events. Some training involved. Proof of auto insurance needed.

Cat House Helper

Change litter. Do laundry. Clean food and water bowls. Love on and socialize the kitty cats. You can start immediately. See staff in cat house for training.
 

Doggie Dates

Take a dog out to enjoy a ride, walk, special treats and social interaction. Helps them be happier and show better for adoption. Requires an additional form. Please request from staff member. Proof of auto insurance needed. If without guardian, must be 18+.

Doggie Sleepovers

Take a dog home overnight for some pampering. Requires an additional form. Please request from staff member. Must be Okaloosa County resident. Proof of auto insurance needed.

Foster

Provide a temporary home for young, sick or injured animals. Promote animals at adoption events, on the “Paws Adoptable Fosters” Facebook page and other media sites to help them get adopted. *Separate Foster Application Required* 

Junkyard Dog Gift ’n’ Thrift Shop

Provide customer service. Organize and arrange merchandise. Clean, paint, restore and research items. Test music, gaming and computer systems. Move items from estate sales. Pick up donations. Deliver merchandise. Location: 179 Eglin Parkway NE, Fort Walton Beach

Large Dog Exerciser

Work with a partner to exercise and love on dogs in the play yards. Clean up after dogs and keep play yards tidy. Shifts typically are 3 hours. MUST BE 16+  Training class or time with mentor required.  

Large Dog Walker

Walk a dog around the shelter’s neighborhood. Make sure the dog is fitted with the correct harness. Remove/return dog to the kennel safely and clean up after dog during the walk. MUST BE 16+  Some training required.

PAWS Membership

We’d love for you to become a member of PAWS, which gives you voting rights at the annual board meeting in August. Cost is $25. Deadline is July 1 for that year’s board meeting. This is optional.

PetSmart Kitten Caretaker 

Transport kittens to and from PetSmart. Clean litter boxes. Change blankets. Water and feed. Location: 34940 Emerald Coast Pkwy., Destin. Can go anytime between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 

Some training involved. Proof of auto insurance needed.

Small Dog Walker

Please see a Dog Adoption Counselor to walk any of the small dogs around the shelter property. You can start immediately.

Shelter Helper

Help staff with laundry, dishes, organizing and other tasks. You can start immediately.

Between Shelters Transport

Transport cats and dogs from the Laurel Hill shelter to the Fort Walton Beach shelter to help the animals move forward for possible adoptions. Proof of auto insurance needed.

 

**PAWS reserves the right to reevaluate any volunteer’s status any time.

Volunteer Agreement

By signing below, I hereby accept a PAWS volunteer position upon the following terms, conditions and understandings:

Terms and Conditions

  1. My services to PAWS are provided strictly in a voluntary capacity, and without any express or implied promise of salary, compensation or other payment of any kind whatsoever.

  2. My services are furnished without any employment-type benefits, including employment insurance programs, worker’s compensation, accrual in any form, vacations or sick time.

  3. I will familiarize myself and comply with PAWS policies and procedures applicable to volunteers. In particular, I fully understand that PAWS expects high standards of moral and ethical treatment of the animals under its care. I will adhere strictly to these standards in my capacity as a volunteer.

Release

I understand that the handling of animals and other volunteer activities on behalf of PAWS may place me in a hazardous situation and could result in injury to me or my personal property. Given this risk, I agree to abide by all PAWS safety policies and procedures while performing volunteer duties and to notify a staff member immediately if I encounter a hazard, a dangerous animal, or dangerous conditions. I expressly release, discharge, indemnify and hold PAWS harmless for any and all injuries caused by my volunteer activities and/or damages to my personal property while performing as a volunteer, in a volunteer capacity, any and all duties for PAWS.

 

On behalf of myself, my heirs, personal representatives and executors, I hereby release, discharge, indemnify, and hold harmless PAWS, its agents, servants and employees from any and all claims, cause of action or demands, of any nature or cause connected with my volunteer agreement. This might include court costs and attorney’s fees incurred by PAWS in connection with my volunteer service based on damages that may be incurred or to animal bites, accidents, injuries and personal damage.

 

I further understand that public relations are an important part of volunteering at PAWS. I agree, therefore, on behalf of myself, my heirs, personal representative, and executor to allow PAWS to use any photograph or video recording of me for use in public relations efforts. Any photographic images or videos I produce in a voluntary capacity for PAWS will become the property of PAWS, which PAWS can use in any and all ways it sees fit. PAWS will use reasonable effort to give me advance notice of any such use, but such notification is not a condition to release photographs or videos for public relations purpose.

NOTE: YOU ALSO WILL BE REQUIRED TO SIGN A SEPARATE SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY.

IF YOU ARE UNDER 18, WE MUST HAVE YOUR PARENT’S OR LEGAL GUARDIAN’S SIGNATURE BELOW

As a parent or legal guardian of the above-named volunteer, I hereby give consent for my minor to become a volunteer for PAWS as described in the above Volunteer Agreement and, by the signature below, join in and agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of the Release.

Hours:

Shelter Hours: 

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Saturday 

 

Adoption Hours: 

Meet and Adopt animals:

10 a.m. -  4 p.m., Monday - Saturday

 

Vet Clinic Hours: 

Surgery by appointment. Call (850) 243-1525 or email pawsspayneuterclinic@gmail.com 

Walk-in for other issues, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Monday - Friday

 

ALL SERVICES/OFFICES currently closed on Sunday  

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For Humane Society/Animal Control (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.): Call (850) 243-1525  

For After-Hours Animal Emergencies (sick or injured, active abuse, foster medical concerns): Call (850) 685-6003 

Lost/Found Pets: Call (850) 243-1525 or email acoatpaws@gmail.com  

Our Address: 752 Lovejoy Road NW, Fort Walton Beach, FL  32548

Contributions to the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society are tax-deductible as allowable by law.  

PAWS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Federal Tax ID #59-0815515 

Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Registration #CH5664 

A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 1-800-435-7352 WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.

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