For the safety of dogs and humans, volunteers must complete an orientation prior to becoming a volunteer and also complete the volunteer sign up form
before being approved as a volunteer.
Check our CALENDAR to see upcoming dates for our next Volunteer orientation.
After completing the orientation, volunteers assist in all facets or our operation:
assisting with fundraising and events
community outreach and education
animal care and grooming
sewing and crafts
Foster volunteers require special training.
(Read more below)
Weekend Fosters take a puppy/dog home on weekends and holidays. PAALS asks for a six month commitment
As a puppy or dog Foster Weekend Foster, you establish the foundation of training and socialization critical to an assistance dog’s future success as a lifelong partner to
someone in need.
Pupsitters cover for weekend fosters when needed. Aa puppy/dog will stay in your home for 1 weekend (or more.)
As a puppy or dog Pupsitter/Foster, you establish the foundation of training and socialization critical to an assistance dog’s future success as a lifelong partner to someone in need.
FAQ's for Volunteers
Frequently asked questions
What is the age requirement to be a volunteer?
Most of our volunteer opportunities require someone 18 or older. However,we do have quite a few volunteer activities which can be done by younger volunteers, particularly those who have participated in one of our Summer PAALS camps.
When can I start volunteering?
Once your application is submitted, it will be reviewed by a staff member.
If additional information is needed - you will be contacted.
Once your application is approved, you will be notified and you will be placed on a list to be notified when the next volunteer orientation session is scheduled.
You will also have access to the online volunteer portal. While most opportunities require completion of the orientation class, there are some activities you can volunteer for immediately.
Can my company/groups/friends volunteer at once?
I work full-time, are their other times I can volunteer?
Can I assist with dog training?
Will I be able to take home a puppy?
Only our specially trained Weekend Foster PAALS are able to take PAALS’ dogs home on the weekend.