Volunteer

Interested in Volunteering?

Download our Volunteer Application HERE! Please email application to pawsvolunteers2@gmail.com or drop it off at the shelter.

PAWS volunteers are important and all suggestions are valued. Your suggestions and ideas can help make the program even better! Everyone has something special to contribute. If you have a desire for challenge, are willing to devote some of your time and have lots of enthusiasm, PAWS would love to have you as a volunteer.   

Volunteers help shape a better future for animals & people!

Volunteers are essential to the well being of animals at PAWS. PAWS depends on volunteers to contribute their time, energy, & ideas to make PAWS a better place for animals. Volunteers are a tremendous source of PEOPLE POWER! Volunteers enrich programs at PAWS with their ability & willingness to get things done. By working as a team with other people at PAWS, volunteers meet the needs of more animals. Every Paw at PAWS thanks you!!

 

We want your input and your expertise. You can volunteer at the shelter, or do other things— help with fundraising and special events, serve on a committee, or work at the Junk Yard Dog Gift n’ Thrift Shop. Whatever skill you have—we have a use for you!

So…Why Volunteer?

There are many benefits to volunteering. For many people, volunteer service is a special source of personal growth & satisfaction. Some of the special rewards of volunteering include:

  • Developing creativity & expertise in areas of personal interest

  • Making new friends & not just the four-legged kind, you will be working side by side with people who share similar interests

  • Exploring new careers

  • Making a difference in the lives of animals at PAWS

  • Learning new skills

  • What you learn while volunteering at PAWS can be used as part of your work history

  • BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY – You will never find a more grateful & accepting comrade than an animal you have comforted!

What Can You Do At PAWS?

The type of work you do depends on YOUR interests, skills, goals, & how much time you have to invest at PAWS. Volunteer opportunities are unlimited. As a volunteer, you can:

  • Exercise dogs

  • Work in our Junk Yard Dog Thrift Store

  • Socialize, brush and play with the cats

  • Wash towels & blankets for the animals

  • Wash dishes

  • Collect aluminum cans & recycle them for cash

  • Bathe and groom the animals

  • Help decorate floats or the building for holidays

  • Participate in adoption events and fundraisers ( PAWS adoption events happen weekly at locations throughout the county)

  • Serve on a committee for :fundraising, volunteers or events

  • And…if you just can’t decide what you would like to do, come on in anyway and we’ll find something you will enjoy being a part of!

Questions about volunteering?

PAWS volunteers are important & all suggestions are valued. Your suggestions & ideas can help make the program even better! Everyone has something special to contribute. If you have a desire for challenge, are willing to devote some of your time & have lots of enthusiasm, PAWS would love to have you as a volunteer. 

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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