Our organization could not exist without volunteers. As a private, non-profit organization, we rely on the assistance of caring and hard-working volunteers in all of our programs. Working directly with the animals can increase their chances of adoption by providing additional human contact. Volunteers also help us inform the community of the goals and objectives of PAWS and promote responsible pet ownership.

The future of PAWS depends largely on its volunteers. We are all working together for the animals.

Community Service:
If you are trying to schedule COURT or SCHOOL ordered community service, please click here and scroll to the section for community service requirements. You do not need to fill out the volunteer application OR go through the volunteer orientation. These are separate programs.


Anna and CharlieComplete these few simple steps and become a volunteer at PAWS!

  • Submit a PAWS Volunteer Application, which includes signing a Volunteer Agreement and a Release and Waiver of Liability form.
  • Read the Volunteer Handbook (this will be emailed after submitting your application).
  • Sign up and attend an orientation session.
  • Join the PAWS Volunteer Facebook page! (optional but recommended).
  • Treat animals in our care with kindness and concern for their welfare.
  • Represent yourself and PAWS in a professional manner and treat all visitors and potential adopters with respect.



  • Please note that we are no longer taking volunteer applications for children under the age of 12 years old.
  • If between 12 and 16 years old, you must have a parent or guardian over the age of 18 with you at all times for supervision. The parent or guardian must complete all volunteer requisites, including orientation, as well.
  • If between 16 -18 years old, you are able to volunteer without parental supervision but a volunteer waiver form (provided at the shelter) must be signed personally and by a parent/guardian.



Please complete and submit your PAWS Volunteer Application. Once you submit your application, you will receive the PAWS Volunteer Handbook attached in an email from our Volunteer Coordinator. Please read the entire handbook before attending the orientation.



The volunteer orientation is a short class held at our Kyle Location (500 FM 150 East, Kyle TX) and our Dripping Springs Location (2965 FM 165, Dripping Springs, TX). During orientation new volunteers are familiarized with the rules, procedures, and protocols within the shelter in regards to animal handling and safety. Orientations are held during the weekends, generally on Sundays.

 Only the first 10 to sign up will be able to attend. There is a $25.00 registration fee for new volunteers 16+ years old or $10.00 for children between 12-15 years old. The registration fee includes a PAWS volunteer t-shirt and can be paid by cash, check, or credit card the day of orientation.

Once you have submitted a volunteer application, you will be emailed the PAWS Volunteer Handbook.  Before attending the orientation, it is very important to your sucess, as a volunteer, that you take the time to read the entire handbook.

Once you have read the PAWS Volunteer Handbook, please contact volunteer@pawsshelter.org to schedule your orientation. 



Joining the PAWS Volunteer Facebook page will help keep you in touch and also you’ll get new and updated information in regards to volunteering!



Thank you again for your interest in helping PAWS!



Frequently Asked Questions about Volunteering
What can I do as a PAWS volunteer?
How do I become an PAWS volunteer?
I completed the online application, now what?
I don’t see any orientation sessions listed, what do I do?
How long is orientation?
I attended an orientation, now what?
I’m under 18, can I volunteer?
I need to fulfill community service hours, what should I do?
My group would like to set up a service day, do we need to attend an orientation?

Answers below

What can I do as a PAWS volunteer?
Volunteer opportunities are constantly changing as we grow and develop new programs. Below is an alphabetical listing of current opportunities, but you will get more details and learn about the latest needs and options when you attend orientation.

Animal Enrichment
Participate in our Read and Relax Program, stuff Kongs and make toys.

Data Entry/Office Work
Enter data to keep our processes running smoothly.

Promote PAWS’ mission and recruit volunteers, fosters, adopters, and donors at special events around town. Work at info tables and booths, and hang out with adoptable animals while representing PAWS.

Foster, Foster Coordination
Provide temporary care for cats or dogs in your home until they can be adopted. You must be the owner/renter of home and fill out a Foster Care Volunteer Application. See our Foster page for more information.

You can also assist in this effort by becoming a Foster Coordinator. Foster Coordinators coordinate between different departments to keep our foster program running smoothly.

Dog Walking
Come help walk our dogs and ensure they get the exercise and TLC they need every day. You can come in any time during shelter hours.

Our organization is completely dependent on donations. This committee assists in finding individual and business sponsors; researching and writing grants; overseeing donor recognition; develop and assist with fundraising events.

Take and post digital photos of shelter and foster animals for marketing materials. Experience and DSLR camera strongly preferred.

Marketing/PR/Graphic Design
Help educate the public about PAWS and our mission. Seek out public speaking opportunities; presentations at local fairs, farmers’ markets and other events; distribute PR materials at events and local businesses. Create a variety of promotional materials including brochures, ads, posters and flyers.

Transport cats from our shelter to adoption sites and back via your own vehicle.

Village Store
At the Village Store, your hours convert to dollars for PAWS. On average, just one hour spent working at the thrift shop results in $12-$15 going to support PAWS. Hours are flexible.

The Village Store is located at 300 River Road in Wimberley. Store hours are Tuesday – Saturday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm except Thursday when the store stays open to 7:00 pm.

If you are interested in volunteering your time at the thrift shop, let us know and we’ll get you on the schedule!

Volunteer Coordination
Assist in all aspects of recruiting, orienting, determining placement of, and coordinating volunteers for PAWS departments.

Writing Animal Biographies
Help make animals more adoptable by creating animal biographies.

How do I become a PAWS volunteer?
The first step to becoming a volunteer is to fill out our VOLUNTEER APPLICATION. Once you have completed the application, our volunteer coordinator will schedule you for Volunteer Orientation. At the orientation session you will learn about our organization and all of the various ways to get involved.

I completed the application, now what?
Attend an orientation. We hold orientation at each location, Kyle and Dripping Springs, during weekends, typically on Sundays! Please ask for the next available session, and the volunteer coordinator will provide dates and times. volunteer@pawsshelter.org

I don’t see any orientation sessions listed, what do I do?
We’re always adding new dates, so keep checking back on the link.

How long is orientation?
The entire program typically lasts around an hour and a half.

I attended an orientation, now what?
You can immediately start Walking Dogs or Cuddling Cats. If there are other volunteer opportunities you are interested in please email volunteer@pawsshelter.org to get more info about you can help. At any time, whether a week or a year after orientation, you may volunteer@pawsshelter.org for information, direction, or other assistance related to PAWS volunteering.

I’m under 18, can I volunteer?
Volunteers between 12 and 15 years old are welcome to volunteer when accompanied by a parent or guardian. When walking dogs, the underage volunteer, IS NOT ALLOWED TO HOLD THE LEASH. The parent or guardian must also register to volunteer by filling out an application and attending an orientation session. We consider supervising adults to be volunteers as well.

Volunteers of ages 16 or 17 are permitted to handle/walk the dogs and cats without parental supervision after a signed parental/guardian waiver. Parents or guardians are also required to attend the volunteer orientation with the underage volunteer.

I need to fulfill community service hours, what should I do?

If you are seeking court-ordered community service, you are not required to go through the volunteer process. You may come to the shelter any day (including weekends and holidays) at 9AM. You must be able to work for at least 3 hour increments and bring your picture ID for your first day. You will be required to help clean the cat and dog living areas, so please wear clothing that is appropriate for the weather and work. You are also required to wear closed-toe shoes.

If you are seeking community service hours for school, an organization, or personal pleasure, please follow the steps above for "How do I become a PAWS volunteer?"  You will be in charge of any documentation, including tracking your volunteer hours on your own time sheet. You may request that a PAWS supervisor initial your time sheet each time you volunteer. If you require other documentation of your volunteer hours including PAWS letterhead, please contact volunteer@pawsshelter.org before beginning your service.

My group would like to set up a service day. Do we need to attend an orientation?
Groups interested in working directly with dogs, must attend an orientation (depending on the size of the group, it may be split in smaller groups), and pay a $100 fee (will NOT include T-Shirts or volunteer badges, if interested in long term group volunteering, please reach out to the volunteer coordinator).

Groups interested in one-time or short-term projects do not need to attend an orientation session, and will not be charged the $100 fee. Based on the age, size, and availability of the group, we can arrange an appropriate activity for you. Please email volunteer@pawsshelter.org and include the name of your organization, number of volunteers, and whether anyone in your group is under 18.