Whether it's bottle feeding an orphaned squirrel, trying to keep up with an excited dog on the leash, or showing a young child how to hold a kitten, there's never a dull moment in the life of a PAWS volunteer! And we could not care for the thousands of cats, dogs and wildlife that come through our doors each year without these compassionate and dedicated animal-lovers.
Each year, more than 1,000 volunteers donate thousands of hours of service, giving hands-on care to the animals, educating the public about animal welfare, assisting at PAWSwalk and other community events, providing administrative support, and much more.
Our volunteers report a sense of satisfaction in contributing to the health and well-being of the animals, and working alongside others who want to do the same.
Garbrielle Evans, a PAWS Wildlife Center volunteer, loves the experience of directly caring for animals in need. "I help nurse injured wildlife back to health," she says. "Volunteering at PAWS is amazing and I'm so thankful for the experience."
Erin Kohlenburg, a weekly dog-walker and PAWS foster parent, agrees that the experience of being a PAWS volunteer is incredibly rewarding. "I enjoy spending time with the different dogs" she says, "and learning about them so they can find perfect matches for a permanent home."
Today, we celebrate all of our volunteers and the incredible work that they do. Because without them, there is no us. And if you are not a current volunteer but are interested in being a part of the life-saving work that we do, find out more about what it means to be a PAWS volunteer and sign up today!
Happy Volunteer Appreciation Day from all of us at PAWS!