PPFL- Volunteer Because Every Life Matters!


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


2555W. Zinnia AveTucson, AZ 85705

Benny, suffering from Valley Fever in the bones could not walk when he came to Pima Paws For Life. Now, he's waiting for a friend and for his forever home.


Pima Paws For Life (PPFL), is a 501c3 private adoption guarantee animal shelter in Tucson, AZ. PPFL takes in sick and injured animals from Pima Animal Care Center (PACC-county open intake shelter) to help reduce the euthanasia rate of dogs and cats with treatable conditions. Are you interested in volunteering, but not sure what you can do? We need help with all of the following areas.

Dog walking/socialization: We are in of need regular walkers to come out every day! Dog walking hours are DAILY from 7:00am to 12:00am and 2pm-7pm The shelter is closed from 12pm-2pm.

Cat care/Socialization: Hand wash between loving on each cat. Help ensure water bowls are filled with clean water. If the litter boxes have waste in them, scoop. Main thing though is to love and pet on each cat. We want them used to being handled by people in a positive fashion.

Off-site Adoption Events: These most often take place on the weekends. The shift will require great people-skills, dog-handling, and possible transport from and back to the shelter. We can provide training on adoption forms/paperwork. We have regular off-site adoption events at Petsmart River/Orange Grove.

Dog Training: Volunteers can choose which dog they’d like to handle from the list of dogs that are on list for training or recommend a dog they feel needs training from the adoptable dogs. You must be able to commit to ALL classes (once a week for 8 weeks) as well as working with the dog 3-4x a week. If you are not able to commit to all of this, but would still like to participate when you can, you are welcome to attend classes when you can with a prior RSVP. RSVP by emailing volunteer@pimapawsforlife.org.

Special Event/Fundraisers: Check in often at FB page https://www.facebook.com/PimaPawsForLife/events

Transport/pick up dogs from alter surgery: We have dogs scheduled M-F (not every week) that need a lift to the Vet and back. We know the schedules a week in advance.

Office Support: You must have great customer service skills, conduct tours, be comfortable standing, sitting, bending, lifting, getting dogs in and out of their kennel, washing dog bowls/toys, putting dirty laundry in the washing machine/dryer, sweeping/mopping the office floor. There are also dogs that live in the office that need regular time outside as well. All these things may not be required of you, but we are looking for flexible people who are willing to pitch in where they are needed.

Yard Work: Please wear sturdy closed toe shoes and bring your own gloves. Yard work usually involves weeding but may include anything from trimming trees and root removal to fixing/putting up fencing. Anytime during regular volunteer hours that fit your schedule (just be aware of the weather!)

Junior Volunteers: Dog Food and Wishlist Drives, Story write-ups, Fundraise, 9+ can help socialize cats and play with dogs in the play yard, help do laundry and wash dishes. Junior volunteers 13+ can also walk a dog appropriate in size with an adult, Junior volunteers 14+ can help at adoption events, and 15+ can walk with guardian’s permission.

To find out more about our Volunteer Opportunities:

Email: volunteer@pimapawsforlife.org

Fill out the Volunteer Inquiry Form to request more information: http://www.pimapawsforlife.org/volunteer-inquiry.html

Call: 520-867-1193


  • Landscaping
  • People Skills
  • Grant Writing / Research
  • Fundraising
  • Community Outreach
  • Animal Care / Handling

Good Match For

Kids Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 9
  • Orientation or Training
  • No time commitments required!
  • A love of animals and the knowledge that EVERY LIFE MATTERS!

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