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Volunteering at PAWS can be one of the most rewarding experiences you'll ever have. As a PAWS Volunteer, you will be involved in a variety of areas and projects. You may also meet many others who love animals as much as you do.

Of course, the most rewarding thing you'll gain is the satisfaction that comes from knowing that everything you do helps the animals!

When you volunteer at PAWS, you set your love of animals in motion. Since we receive no state or federal funding, we rely on the hard work and ambition of partners and volunteers to keep PAWS going.

If you live in the Northern California area, there are many ways you can help:

  • Open house and special events staffing, including general set-up, parking lot assistance, front gate help, security assistants, helping with food or beverages, helping with auction functions, clean-up
  • Grounds keeping (planting, pruning, watering, weeding)
  • Supply transportation
  • Clerical support
  • General sanctuary maintenance
  • Gift shop sales
  • Fundraising
  • Building fences
  • Miscellaneous construction projects
  • ARK 2000 — construction and landscaping (approx. 40 minutes from Galt facility)

If you live outside of the Northern California area, you can get involved in protecting captive wildlife in your area by contacting public officials and the media when a traveling show with animals comes to your town. PAWS can provide information on the dangers and public safety issues.

Let us know what you'd like to do to help!

PAWS internships are also available.

All volunteers/interns must attend an orientation.

To request a volunteer packet, or for information on PAWS internships, please e-mail info@pawsweb.org. For additional information, call our office at (209) 745-2606.

As a volunteer or intern, you WILL NOT be working with, or touching, the animals!

There are other ways to help. To see our Wish List, click here.



Remembering Pat

PAWS co-founder, the late Pat Derby, talks about captive wildlife news at PAWS.



Rescued tiger Zeus is one of 20 tigers currently living at PAWS' ARK 2000 sanctuary. Learn More»

Performing Animal Welfare Society
PO Box 849, Galt, CA 95632

209/745-2606 office/sanctuary
209/745-1809 fax

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