P.A.W.S. Anne Arundel County, Inc., 7320 Ritchie Hwy., Glen Burnie, MD 21061


P.A.W.S. Anne Arundel County

Welcome to P.A.W.S. Anne Arundel County, Inc. (People & Animals Who Serve)



How do I get involved with P.A.W.S?

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.

I don’t have a pet. Can I still volunteer with P.A.W.S.?

Yes. There are two other options for volunteering if you do not have a pet:

  • The Life Enrichment Program is geared for people of all ages who wish to volunteer with P.A.W.S. but do not own a pet
  • For parents and grandparents who wish to volunteer with children and do not own a pet, the Mom & Me program may be perfect for you (**Please note that you do not have to be a “mom” to be involved in this program!)

Please click below to find out more about our Volunteer Opportunities

How old do I need to be to volunteer with P.A.W.S.?

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.

Do you have any requirements FOR me?

  • Ideally, you can commit to volunteer at least one hour per week.
  • We understand that sometimes life circumstances get in the way. Please let us know if your situation changes so that we can keep our records up-to-date.
  • We ask that you submit your monthly hours: your visit and commute hours. You can use our online timesheet (below), call, or email us your hours.
  • We require that you be friendly, courteous, and respectful of the people that you visit, facility staff, other volunteers, and P.A.W.S. employees at ALL times.

Do you provide training? What about insurance?

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.

What benefits does volunteering provide?

 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:

  • Improve morale, communication, and a sense of community
  • Increase social contact for individuals who do not have the ability to leave their rooms, participate in ongoing activities, and have limited social contact
  • Provide a space of comfort, peace, love, and reassurance
  • Reduce stress levels
  • Promote responsible, self-reliant, and independent behavior
  • Reduce physical pain and blood pressure, decrease heart rate, and improve overall cardiovascular health
  • Reading programs facilitate a calming atmosphere for children who might otherwise experience apprehension, low self-esteem, and anxiety about learning a difficult new skill
  • Workplace programs provide shift work employees a brief respite from the stress of their demanding occupation

More often than not, our volunteers find that they receive just as many benefits as the individuals who they serve.

Pet Requirements


What types of animals volunteer with P.A.W.S.?

 Friendly dogs and cats are always needed. Please note that there are separate applications for cats and dogs. 

What types of characteristics do you look for in P.A.W.S. pets?

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.

Can I volunteer if I just got my pet?

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.

How old does my pet need to be to volunteer with P.A.W.S.?

Your dog or cat must be at least 6 months old to volunteer with P.A.W.S.

Does my pet need to be vaccinated? Licensed?

Yes. P.A.W.S. pets must meet the following requirements in order to volunteer:

  • Dogs and cats must stay up-to-date on their rabies vaccine
  • Dogs must stay up-to-date on their distemper vaccine
  • All pets must maintain current licensing in the county in which they live 
  • A record of this information must be kept current in our office and in the facility that you visit

How should I prepare my pet for visits?

There are a few requirements that we have when you prepare for your visits to ensure safety for you and the residents.

  • Pets must be leashed at all times. 
  • For safety reasons, retractable leashes are prohibited
  • Ensure that your pet is clean, odorless, and free of fleas/ticks and other parasites 
  • Nails should be kept short and bluntly filed to avoid scratches
  • When you are visiting, always pay attention to your pet and his or her needs

This is not a comprehensive list. At orientation, we will discuss a complete list of rules for visiting and discuss any additional questions.

Wait... I have more questions!


I would like to make a donation to P.A.W.S. How can I do that?

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:

  • The donation is in memory of whom?
  • The acknowledgement will be sent to? Please include name and full mailing address or email.
  • The donation is from whom?

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. 

Are you involved in community events?

Yes, we keep an updated calendar of upcoming events on our homepage, and we always appreciate help from volunteers.

Do you have a Facebook page?

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!