We want to make the process as clear and straightforward as possible. The Volunteer Process can be found under the Volunteer with P.A.W.S section on our website. The first step is filling out an application, which can be found by clicking the link below. Please contact us if you would prefer to have an application mailed to you, or if you have any additional questions.
Yes. There are two other options for volunteering if you do not have a pet:
Please click below to find out more about our Volunteer Opportunities
Individuals must be 18 to volunteer on their own. Minors under the age of 18 may volunteer and are encouraged to do so but must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Yes. Not only do we feel it is our responsibility, we are also mandated by Maryland state law to provide training for our volunteers. A one-hour training session is provided to new volunteers prior to beginning volunteering. If you feel you need additional training and support prior to volunteering alone, you are welcome to accompany an experienced volunteer prior to placement.
We have liability insurance for all our volunteers while they are volunteering for P.A.W.S. It is your responsibility to inform us of where you are visiting and give us a general idea of the time and days that you are visiting.
Volunteering provides the opportunity to serve isolated, withdrawn, and those Anne Arundel County residents in need. Pet therapy and emotional support visits have also been shown to:
More often than not, our volunteers find that they receive just as many benefits as the individuals who they serve.
Friendly dogs and cats are always needed. Please note that there are separate applications for cats and dogs.
Our pet volunteers are friendly, outgoing, sociable, and people-oriented. They must pass a basic temperament and obedience test and readily allow handling by people other than their owners. We do not require that our pet volunteers have "perfect" obedience, but they must follow basic commands. Animals that show any signs of aggression are not permitted to volunteer with our organization. Pets must be certified healthy by a veterinarian prior to volunteering.
Unfortunately, no. We require that you own your pet for at least 6 months. This ensures that you are familiar with his or her temperament, especially in unfamiliar environments and with unfamiliar people. However, we would love to hear from you in 6 months. Please keep us in mind.
Your dog or cat must be at least 6 months old to volunteer with P.A.W.S.
Yes. P.A.W.S. pets must meet the following requirements in order to volunteer:
There are a few requirements that we have when you prepare for your visits to ensure safety for you and the residents.
This is not a comprehensive list. At orientation, we will discuss a complete list of rules for visiting and discuss any additional questions.
First, thank you! Donations are greatly appreciated and we always want to acknowledge our donors. If you are donating in memory of a pet, pet lover, or someone special, please provide us with the following information:
Check donations may be sent to our office at 7320 Ritchie Hwy, Glen Burnie, MD 21601. Or, you are welcome to make a secure donation through the Paypal link below.
Yes, we keep an updated calendar of upcoming events on our homepage, and we always appreciate help from volunteers.
Yes we do! Please connect with us, and share with your friends. We are always looking for more friendly people and pets who want to volunteer with us!