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Prairie Paws Animal Shelter

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 10 people are interested
Awsome Volunteers Hank & Mindy
Come help us find awesome homes for our shelter pets at Petsmart & Petco in Lawrence the second and last Saturdays of each month from 11:30 am - 2:30 pm.

Interested in volunteering? We’ve streamlined the process. No more volunteer orientation! Fill that application out on-line Take a moment and read through our new job descriptions and click the one that best fits you and your interest at https://prairiepaws.org/get-involved/volunteer/! Our volunteer coordinator will contact you to set up an initial meet and greet and schedule the training that is required for the position desired.

Prairie Paws Animal Shelter welcomes and needs volunteers especially dog and cat fosters every day 365 days a year. Volunteers make such an impact in helping fulfill our mission. We need people with all skill sets to help be a voice for the homeless pets in our community. It takes a village and we hope that you can join us.

For your Safety the following is the recommended age requirements

Ages: 18 & older - Approved volunteer application required.
Ages: 17 -14 - Approved volunteer application is required mandatory and a parent/guardian must sign a volunteer waiver.
Ages: 13 & younger - must always have a parent/guardian with them while volunteering at the shelter, the parent/guardian must have approved volunteer application volunteer. Applications and waivers must be filled out for all attending.

Questions about volunteering? Email volunteer@prairiepaws.org

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About Prairie Paws Animal Shelter


3173 HIGHWAY K 68, OTTAWA, KS 66067, US

Mission Statement

Prairie Paws Animal Shelter is a private 501 C3 non-profit shelter operating by the same philosophy under which it was established over 50 years by our founder Beatrice Martin Peck. Though the tireless efforts of our staff and volunteers Prairie Paws Animal Shelter is dedicated to our Mission: · Give aid and comfort to animals · Educate the community in responsible pet ownership · Help reunite pets with owners · Provide pet adoptions · Create a safer community


Our Founder Beatrice Martin Peck began advocating for the welfare of Franklin County’s homeless animals in the early 1940’s and continued to do so until her death in 1967. She founded the Franklin County Humane Society in 1946 and, through her own expense and effort, opened what is known today as the Bea Martin Peck Animal Shelter on the 19th of June 1949. Beatrice and her group of faithful supporters investigated reports of cruelty towards animals in the community, housed and cared for animals needing assistance, and established an adoption program for the community-all the while creating a living legacy that remains today. Prior to her efforts, the stray or otherwise unwanted animals were used for medical testing and had no voice. Beatrice’s efforts led to the enactment of many ordinances and regulations regarding animal care that remain today.

The Prairie Paws Animal Shelter still a private, non-profit shelter operating by the same philosophy under which it was established over 50 years ago through the tireless efforts of its staff and volunteers. Prairie Paws Animal Shelter will never euthanize for space and all animals are given a second chance at finding their perfect families. A new facility was built in 2010 at 3173 HWY K 68, Ottawa, KS 66067. The old facility still stands at 230 W 19th St. Ottawa, KS 66067 and is not operational.



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3173 HWY K 68Ottawa, KS 66067



  • Fundraising
  • Administrative Support
  • Community Outreach
  • Data Entry
  • Animal Care / Handling


  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 13
  • Any
  • ages 13 & under must be accompanied by an adult

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