Volunteers assist the Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services (P.A.W.S.) staff in the socialization, exercise, care and adoption of the animals that are up for adoption. Qualifications for volunteers include:
Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age
(parent liability waiver and consent sheet must be signed if under 18)
- Completion of the Volunteer Basic Online Orientation is mandatory.
- Completion of the Dog Online Orientation is required to work with dogs.
- Completion of the Cat Online Orientation is required to work with cats.
- After completing online training, new volunteers must send the Volunteer Coordinator proof of completion of orientation, including:
- New volunteers must also complete and sign the Teamwork Guidelines and Liability Waiver and email them along with the other listed completed forms to the Volunteer Coordinator.
- New volunteers will work with Mentor Volunteers to do hands on training at the shelter. To be set up with a Dog or Cat Volunteer Mentor, new volunteers must complete all required online orientations and then email the Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Volunteer Coordinator will help coordinate times for the new volunteer and mentor to work together. When it is determined by the Volunteer Coordinator that the new volunteer has shown proficiency on the hands on portion, he/she can volunteer unassisted.
Before considering service as a volunteer worker at the Shelter, please consider the following:
- All volunteers work under the supervision of staff members.
- For many reasons including legal liabilities and safety concerns, we ask volunteers to follow directions given by paid staff members.
- The P.A.W.S. Volunteer program can greatly enhance the level of care given to the animals during their stay; but more importantly, it affects the way many animals leave the shelter into loving, permanent homes.
We encourage P.A.W.S. Volunteers receive training and participate in areas in which they are comfortable. Below is a list of common volunteer positions and their duties:
- Dog Walker - walks dogs, may foster or assist at adoption events
- Dog Volunteer Mentor-teaches new volunteers hands on portions of training.
- Cat Volunteer - works with cats only including cleaning, socializing, adoptions, fosters and transportation to adoption events.
- Cat Volunteer Mentor - teaches new volunteers hands on with cats.
- Adoption Volunteer - works at adoption events, meeting with the public, has limited contact with the animals
- Play Group Volunteer - works with Play Group Lead in monitoring dog play groups.
- Behavior Team Volunteer - works with training and assessing dogs for adoption.
- Other - this includes anyone with a special talent or skill like grooming animals, organizing fundraisers, or web design/marketing skills
We know you will feel the rewards of your service through the appreciation of the animals you will interact with and by witnessing the adoptions that occur because of your hard work and dedication.
For questions, call 512-990-6280.
Become a Rescue Group Partner
Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services partners with various breed specific and all breed Rescue groups. For the protection of the animal, there are criterion the groups must meet to become approved to pull as a Rescue Group Partner
The first step in the process is to download a PAWS Rescue Group Application. The criterion for becoming an approved group is found on this application. Any incomplete applications will be returned to the group for completion.
Once the rescue group has been approved to rescue from the shelter, the rescue groups may submit a request to rescue an animal by email to email@example.com. Applications will be approved based on the needs of the animal and are at the discretion of the P.A.W.S.
Rescue groups have two options when rescuing an animal:
- Paying the appropriate fees for spay or neuter, rabies and micro-chipping/tattooing to the P.A.W.S. and using the P.A.W.S. designated veterinary clinic, or
- Choosing to sign a contract allowing the rescue group to use their own veterinary clinic and services to perform the spay or neuter, rabies vaccination and micro-chipping/tattooing of the animal.
Email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 512-990-8383.
For questions, call 512-990-6280.