PAWS San Diego
Compassionate, dedicated volunteers are needed to assist the PAWS program.
PAWS San Diego, a program of San Diego Humane Society, helps people keep their pets by providing essential pet services and support to low-income pet families all over San Diego County. Our clients include seniors, people who are chronically ill and/or disabled, veterans, members of the military and homeless individuals.
As the largest pet safety net service in San Diego, the goal of this unique program is to keep pets in their homes and out of shelters.
Our volunteers assist PAWS clients in a variety of ways, including delivery of pet food and supplies to home bound clients, transportation to vet appointments for clients who are unable to get there on their own and dog walking for homebound and hospitalized clients.
Volunteers also help in the PAWS warehouse, located at the San Diego Campus, to assist the PAWS staff with donation pick ups, food assembly and supply orders, and at our monthly community pantry distribution sites, where clients can pick up pet food.
- Dog Walker: Bella, Oceanside - We are looking for a volunteer to walk Bella, a 9-year-old poodle mix. Bella is a very friendly girl who loves getting outside to enjoy the sights and smells. Walks are on Saturday mornings in Oceanside. Volunteers must be 18+, will be required to have a background check and must be able to commit to a set weekly schedule for a minimum of 6 months.
- Dog Walker: Brandy, Spring Valley - We are looking for a female volunteer to walk Brandy, a 7-year-old chihuahua. Brandy is friendly with women but unfortunately fearful of men. Walks are on Sunday afternoon in Spring Valley. Volunteers must be 18+, will be required to have a background check and must be able to commit to a set weekly schedule for a minimum of 6 months.
- Front Desk Support: Mondays, 2-5 p.m.- Front desk volunteers provide support to clients who call for services, track and reply to voicemails, assist walk-in clients with food and supply pick-up, record food pick-up and in-home delivery orders in the program’s database, provide referrals for any services that PAWS San Diego is not able to assist with directly and assist with clerical projects and restocking. Volunteers must be 18 or older. Will be required to complete a background check. Must be able to commit to a set weekly schedule for a minimum of six months.
How to Become a Volunteer:
- Review the open positions above to determine if any fit your interests and skills.
- Then, submit your PAWS Interest Form with the specific role you are interested in and the skills you have related to the role.
- If there is a match between your skills/availability and our open positions, we will contact you by phone or email to discuss the program, your experience and set up an interview.
- Volunteers must complete an in person working interview and if offered a position, will complete our online Volunteer Orientation and hands-on, role specific training.
- A background check and/or DMV check is required prior to volunteering for PAWS positions that work directly with homebound clients.