Thanks for your interest in volunteering with Paws4ever! Read below to find out more about the variety of opportunities to volunteer with our animals and our organization. We also welcome groups of volunteers (over age 16) - please contact
for more information.
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General Volunteer Opportunities

If you would like to volunteer your time and talents to Paws4ever on an ongoing basis of at least three months, please choose from the following list of current needs. Training requirements are noted when applicable.

Canine Companion: Canine Companions work with the Adoption Center and Dog Training staff to assist with in-kennel and outside dog enrichment, training and socialization. Participation in monthly Canine Companion classes give our volunteers the skills and knowledge needed to work effectively with many common shelter dog behaviors. Training requirements: Volunteer Information Session, Intro to Canine Companion Training and ongoing monthly Canine Companion classes.

Helping Hands: Provide 'behind-the-scenes' support to staff by assisting with the completion of cleaning and maintenance tasks, preparation of animal enrichment materials and other tasks as needed. Training requirements: Volunteer Information Session and on-the-job training by Adoption Center staff.

Feline Friends: Visit with and handle the cats and kittens in our community cat rooms to encourage socialization and provide opportunities for enrichment. Training requirements: Volunteer Information Session, Intro to Feline Friends Workshop.

Animal Ambassador: Raise awareness about Paws4ever in the community at adoption and table events around the area. Training requirements: Volunteer Information Session.

ReSale Store Volunteer: Our ReSale Store is always in need of extra volunteers to lend a hand sorting and pricing, staging and repairing/cleaning items. We welcome volunteers age 16 and up, or age 12 and up with a parent. Training requirements: Volunteer Information Session, hands-on training with store manager.

Office/Admin Support Volunteer: Help with data entry, donor acknowledgement, cleaning/organizing and more. Training requirements: Volunteer Information Session.

Animal Volunteers

In order to maintain a consistent and safe environment for our animals, volunteers working directly with the dogs and cats should be willing to commit to a minimum of 10-12 hours per quarter for at least three months and must meet the following requirements:

Canine Companions: - Must be at least 16 years old (volunteers under 18 need written parental permission) - Must successfully complete the Canine Companion Intro Workshop and demonstrate required skills during initial walkthrough with AC staff - Must commit to attending a minimum of one Canine Companion Workshop each month - Must have the physical strength and ability to safely handle dogs, per continued and objective measures - Must be able to work independently and adhere to all Paws4ever safety & animal handling guidelines, and code of conduct.

Feline Friends: - Must be at least 16 years old* (volunteers under 18 need written parental permission) - Must have physical ability to handle cats. - Must be able to work independently and adhere to all Paws4ever safety & animal handling guidelines, and code of conduct. (*12-15 year olds may volunteer with a trained parent)

Other Ways to Volunteer

Can’t commit to more than three months but still want to help? Attending a Volunteer Information Session is recommended, but not required, for the following:

Fundraising Events: Paws4ever holds two major fundraising events each year and we couldn’t do it without our volunteers! The Adult Egg Hunt is held in the spring (volunteers and attendees must be over 21) and PawsFest in the fall (volunteers of all ages are welcome, under age 16 with an adult chaperone). Email for more information.

Host a Supply Drive: We always have a need for cleaning, office and pet supplies, and one of the greatest ways groups can support us is to help collect these items. You’ll find our wish list of items on our Donate page. You may wish to host a party and ask guests to bring supplies and donations for P4E or perhaps collect items at your church or school! The more items that are donated, the less money we have to spend on these items and the more we can spend on our animals! Questions? Email to learn more. Collected items can be delivered to the Adoption Center during open hours

Facilities and Grounds Maintenance: Ongoing or one-time help is always needed for various facilities and grounds maintenance tasks, including yardwork, trail maintenance, item transport, small repairs, etc. Email for ways you can help.

Got a Truck? We often need help transporting large items that have been donated  If you have a truck or other large vehicle and are willing to serve on-call to help transport those donations, please email


If you are interested in volunteering on an ongoing basis and can commit to a three month minimum time period, please fill out the registration form to create your volunteer account and sign up for a Volunteer Information Session.

Note: We do not offer one-on-one supervision for volunteers, so we cannot validate volunteer hours for court-ordered or attorney recommended individuals.

1. Complete the online registration form and select an orientation date. Orientations are held in the Learning Center at the Paws4ever Animal Sanctuary located at 6311 Nicks Road in Mebane, NC.

2. Attend a Volunteer Information Session: All new volunteers between the ages of 16 to 18 must have written parents' permission to volunteer. A parent must accompany children ages 12-15 during volunteer training and while volunteering.

3. Attend any position-specific trainings Some volunteer positions may require additional trainings. See details here.

If you have any questions, or if you are interested in a one-time volunteer opportunity or group volunteer opportunity, contact us: Email our volunteer program manager at

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