PAWS volunteers save lives! Our organization could not exist without volunteers. As a private, nonprofit organization, we rely on the assistance of caring and hard-working volunteers in all of our programs. Volunteers who work directly with the animals can increase an animal’s chances of adoption by providing additional human contact. Volunteers also help us inform the community of the aims and objectives of PAWS and promote responsible pet ownership.
The future of PAWS lies largely with its volunteers. We are all working for the animals.
Volunteering with PAWS Shelter of Central Texas can be as simple and easy as standing under a tent for a few hours.
What can I do as a PAWS volunteer?
Volunteer opportunities are constantly changing as we grow and develop new programs. Below is an alphabetical listing of current opportunities, but you will get more details and learn about the latest needs and options when you attend orientation.
Animal Enrichment Participate in our Read and Relax Program, stuff Kongs and make toys.
Data Entry/Office Work Enter data to keep our processes running smoothly.
Events Promote PAWS’ mission and recruit volunteers, fosters, adopters, and donors at special events around town. You can do this by working at information tables and booths, and hanging out with adoptable animals while representing PAWS.
Foster, Foster Coordination Provide temporary care for cats or dogs in your home until they can be adopted. You must be the owner/renter of home and fill out a Foster Care Volunteer Application. See our Foster page for more information.
You can also assist in this effort by becoming a Foster Coordinator. Foster Coordinators coordinate between different departments to keep our foster program running smoothly.
Dog Walking Come help walk our dogs and ensure they get the exercise and TLC they need every day. You can come in any time during shelter hours.
Fundraising Our organization is completely dependent on donations. This committee assists in finding individual and business sponsors; researching and writing grants; overseeing donor recognition; develop and assist with fundraising events.
Photography Take and post digital photos of shelter and foster animals for marketing materials. Experience and DSLR camera strongly preferred.
Marketing/PR/Graphic Design Help educate the public about PAWS and our mission. Seek out public speaking opportunities; presentations at local fairs, farmers’ markets and other events; distribute PR materials at events and local businesses. Create a variety of promotional materials including brochures, ads, posters and flyers.
Transport Transport cats or dogs from our shelter to adoption sites and back via your own vehicle.
Village Store At the Village Store, your hours convert to dollars for PAWS. On average, just one hour spent working at the thrift shop results in $12-$15 going to support PAWS. Hours are flexible.
The Village Store is located at 300 River Road in Wimberley. Store hours are Tuesday - Saturday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm except Thursday when the store stays open to 7:00 pm.
If you are interested in volunteering your time at the thrift shop, let us know and we’ll get you on the schedule!
Volunteer Coordination Assist in all aspects of recruiting, orienting, determining placement of, and coordinating volunteers for PAWS departments.
Writing Animal Biographies Help make animals more adoptable by creating animal biographies.