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PAW is always seeking dedicated volunteers to help save and place our animals. You don't need any special skills, and you can do as much or as little as your time allows.

How can you help? There are many ways in which you can help with the PAW rescue effort (see below for more information). They include handling dogs or cats at our weekend adoption shows; walking our kennel dogs, transporting animals to shows, or to and from vet appointments; fostering a dog or cat until it is adopted; helping at special events or fund raisers (Paw Prints in the Park and Basket Bingo to name a few) and answering PAW phone line.

To get started, volunteers must first attend a New Volunteer Orientation, where you will learn about PAW and see what activities most appeal to you. To find out when an orientation is being held, please see our list of adoption shows and events. To sign up for a New Volunteer Orientation session, please email pawvolunteer@yahoo.com. You are always welcome to contact pawvolunteer@yahoo.com for more information.


After you attend your orientation, you are free to help in the following ways:

Help at adoption shows. People are always needed to hold a dog on leash, help with the cats and assist show visitors. Check the PAW shows page for the next scheduled show or the posted adoption shows on our web site. Animal handlers must be 18 years of age or be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Transport an animal. Animals often need rides to/from vet visits, from a shelter, or to/from a foster home or boarding kennel or to adoption shows.

Foster care. We always have a need for caring people to provide foster homes for dogs or cats. As a foster caregiver, you care for a dog or cat in your home as if he or she were your own. Normally you keep the animal until a home is found, and help find prospective adopters by bringing your foster to our weekend adoption shows. At shows, you answer questions about the animal and ask questions to learn about the applicants. If you cannot attend shows, but can still foster, other volunteers may be able to take your foster to shows. You provide food and daily care for your foster. The Partnership pays for vet work such as vaccinations and neuter. For details and application procedures, see our page about fostering.

Help at special events. PAW volunteers set up tables at many local community events such as Bethesda's Strut Your Mutt, the Greenbelt Pet Expo, and BowieFest. The volunteer tables help to raise visibility, solicit donations, attract new volunteers, answer inquiries about our dogs and cats waiting to be adopted.

Fund raising. If you like to plan and help with fund-raising events or can solicit support from individuals, companies and vets, your talents are needed! The Partnership is funded through donations and adoption fees. Please contact Fund Coordinator at pawfundraising@gmail.com

Publicity and administrative. As with any organization, we need help with phone calls, photocopying and other tasks that can be done from your home or office. We also work with the local media to get publicity in newspapers, radio, and TV.

Responsible Pet Ownership education. To reduce the number of homeless and neglected pets, we present programs about responsible pet care, humane education and spay/neuter awareness for school and community groups. To help with planning, materials or presenting, visit our Outreach page or contact pawvolunteer@yahoo.com.

Donations online or by mail, sponsor a special needs animal, get a MD spay/neuter license plate, name a pet, visit our online store, buy magazines or books to earn money for PAW, and more.
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Last Updated: April 20, 2018 (LET) PawSupport