Volunteering at Paws4ever

Want to get more involved at Paws4ever? We rely on our amazing team of volunteers for support with animal care, cleaning, events, maintaining our ReSale Store, and more!

Interested in volunteering and want to know more? Read about our volunteer opportunities below, then fill out the Volunteer Interest Form to sign up for an upcoming General Volunteer Orientation Session!

If you already know you want to volunteer, fill out the Volunteer Application and sign up for an upcoming Feline Friends or Canine Companions Orientation Session.


Ongoing Animal Volunteer Opportunities

We need volunteers to spend time with cats and dogs at Paws4ever and assist staff in providing them with top quality care! Animal volunteers are given comprehensive training about animal interactions and the Adoption Center environment. You’ll have additional opportunities to learn about pet enrichment, clicker training, veterinary transport, field trips, and more!

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.

In addition to spending time with the cats and dogs, animal volunteers are all expected to pitch in with cleaning and care tasks around the Adoption Center. A typical volunteer session may involve taking a dog for a walk and doing a load of laundry, or playing with kittens and scooping litter boxes.

Canine Companions

Canine Companions spend one-on-one time with dogs both in their kennels and out around the sanctuary. It is important to spend time with them in their kennels to promote a calm and enriching environment, as well as getting them outside. Other activities may include going for walks, playing in the off-leash fenced areas, spending quiet time together in a living-room to get them used to home life, or playing and training in our indoor doggie playground with simple obstacles. Canine Companions help with cleaning tasks as well as preparing enrichment treats and activities.
Age requirement: Must be at least 16 years old.
Training requirements: Volunteer Orientation, Canine Companion training modules.

Feline Friends

Feline Friends spend time with the cats and kittens at Paw4ever to promote socialization and provide opportunities for enrichment. Most of our cats live in community rooms with room to play and chairs to sit in and cuddle! As a Feline Friend, you can even learn to connect with the cats through clicker training! Feline Friends also help with cleaning and care tasks in the Adoption Center.
Age requirement:  ages 12-15 may volunteer with a parent, ages 16 and older may volunteer alone.
Training requirements: Volunteer Orientation, Feline Friends training modules.


Have some extra love to share? Consider opening your home to a foster pet! Paws4ever’s Foster Program allows us to expand our capacity to rescue more animals and to support animals with special needs. Find out more about becoming a Paws4ever foster caregiver!

Other Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

ReSale Store

The Paws4ever ReSale Store in Hillsborough relies on a team of dedicated volunteers to lend a hand sorting, pricing, staging, and cleaning items. Proceeds from the Paws4ever ReSale Store support animals in need at Paws4ever.
Age requirement: ages 12-15 may volunteer with a parent, ages 16 and older may volunteer alone.
Training requirements: Volunteer Orientation, hands-on training with store manager.


Raise awareness about Paws4ever in the community at adoption and table events around the area.
Training requirements: Volunteer Orientation.

Admin and Office

Volunteers are needed to help with some office tasks such as data entry, cleaning, distributing flyers, and organization.
Training requirements: Volunteer Orientation


Occasional Volunteer Opportunities

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

Fundraising Events

Paws4ever’s annual fall festival and fundraising walk, PawsFest, would not be possible without the help of our volunteers! Help is needed in the weeks leading up to the event as well as on the big day! Email volunteer@paws4ever.org for more information.

Grounds and Maintenance

Ongoing or one-time help is always needed for facilities and grounds maintenance tasks, including yard work, trail maintenance, item transport, and small repairs. Email volunteer@paws4ever.org 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 volunteer@paws4ever.org.

Group Volunteer Opportunities

Is your community group, office, civic group, church, neighborhood or friend group looking for ways to get involved in supporting animals in need? Contact volunteer@paws4ever.org to coordinate a group service project!

Host a Supply Drive

Read more about this opportunity here.

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