VOLUNTEERS for PAWS ALONG THE RIVER are required to be 18 years of age.

As a PAWS/HUMANE SOCIETY volunteer, you will be joining a special group of dedicated people who wish to help our animals.                                           

We appreciate and welcome your interest. 

Do you have any situations or health issues the shelter should be aware of? If so, please explain.

If you have an aide (such as a CNA or MA) they must fill out a volunteer application and attend any training classes and /or events with you. Please add their name and phone number.

Were you ever, o are you now actively involved with any other non-profit, community, or religious organizations?

Have you ever been convicted of a crime?

Paws Along the River Humane Society takes precautions with our adoption policy and adopting out dogs and cats that may cause harm to humans and other animals.

If you would like more information on our temperament testing and evaluation process, please connect with the Volunteer Coordinator who will connect you with the director.

Please RANK the below activities in order of your preferred choices, with 1 being your favorite choice of activity and 10 being your least favorite choice of activity. 


We prefer this to be a long-term commitment. Getting to know our dogs (some may be special needs), walking and interacting with them on a regular basis is pertinent for them, also, it helps our staff learn more about them. Overall, this helps with their wellbeing.

***Two hours quarterly (every three months) is what we wish for regarding dog walking volunteers.

***Inactive dog walkers (after having a long-time absence) will need to refresh themselves with the dog walking class.



Please ask for this form if you are interested.


Volunteer Agreement

Please read through and initial the following...

I understand the “Volunteer Visitor Policy” in that, I may only bring a visitor during my non-volunteer visits, during normal business hours (when the shelter is open), and I am only showing them around the public areas of the building.

I understand the importance of a time commitment to volunteer. Should I find the nature of this volunteer work not what I expected, or I cannot fulfill my commitment, I will connect with the Volunteer Coordinator so she may update her records. PAWS reserves the right to refuse a volunteer based on performance and or inability to handle our animals properly and safely.

I understand that it is recommended that I have an up-to-date Tetanus vaccine; in the chance that I may be bitten or scratched. This is not a requirement, but strongly advised. Tetanus vaccines need to be updated every ten years. It may be obtained through the Health Department, or by my physician at my own expense.

I understand that as a volunteer for Paws Along the River Humane Society, I will be working with animals with unknown and unpredictable characteristics and dispositions and will be subjecting myself to various work conditions. I hereby assume the risk of any injuries that result from my volunteer services at Paws Along the River Humane Society. By signing this application ~ I, intending to be legally bound for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, release Paws Along the River Humane Society, its officers, directors, and staff from any and all rights and claims for damages I may have arising out of any injuries or illnesses suffered by myself or my pets incidental to my voluntary services.

Volunteer Confidentiality Agreement

Our volunteers may have access to confidential and proprietary information belonging to Paws Along the River, all staff and animals involved. Business involving our practices, procedures, policies, and in-house situations resulting from our daily operations of both locations, shelter and store, cruelty cases, and Board of Directors are to be kept confidential.

It is of the utmost importance that the confidentiality of such information be completely respected. Our volunteers are expected to respect these concerns and are absolutely prohibited from disclosing or discussing such information outside of the shelter for any reason.

Any concerns or issues must be brought to the attention of the Director and/or Board President.

Failure to comply with the above confidentiality of Paws Along the River will result in disciplinary action and any legal action up to and including termination of volunteer duties.
All volunteers must agree and understand this confidentiality agreement at the start of their volunteer work at Paws. 

I am signing this agreement as a volunteer of Paws Along the River Humane Society. I agree and understand the agreement above. 

The volunteer application and volunteer agreement must be completed prior to any orientation begins.

 Please sign below indicating that you have read and understand the Volunteer Agreement.

In Case of Emergency

Paws Along the River Humane Society reserves the right to decline any volunteer application for any reason. This may include but is not limited to any area where there is conflict of interest. The Board of Directors reserves the right to make policy changes as necessary.