Volunteer with PAWS NY

Volunteers are the backbone of our organization, and we rely on our extensive and committed network to carry out our important work.


"What I love so much about PAWS NY is their commitment to their clients—both pets and their owners—and establishing a relationship with them for their entire lives."

- Emily, volunteer since 2015

Register for a Virtual Volunteer Orientation Session!

All PAWS NY volunteers must go through Orientation, and now you can join from the comfort of your home. Please note that all orientations will be offered virtually for the time being and at this time, we ask that all volunteers be fully vaccinated in order to actively volunteer in our Housecall Program.

Our next Virtual Volunteer Orientations are Wednesday, April 5 at 6:00pm, Thursday, April 20 at 5:00pm, or Tuesday, May 2 at 5:00pm.

If you are interested, please sign up for a session below and we will be in touch with the video conferencing information.

Join us to learn how you can do your part to keep people and pets together.

Current Volunteers

Log in to the Volunteer Portal to search and sign up for Housecall shifts.

Ways to Volunteer

If you love working with people and pets, then PAWS NY might be the right organization for you! We have a wide range of opportunities available, including:

Housecall Program

Provide physical pet care for our clients, such as dog walking, helping with the litter box, and medication administration.

Professional Expertise

Offer your unique professional skills to help grow our organization.

Pet Pantry and Vet Transport

Collect and distribute pet food and supplies, transport pets to the vet, and help with other one-off client needs.

Foster Care

Foster an animal in your home when a client is hospitalized.

Events and Outreach

Assist at events and help to raise awareness for our mission.

Volunteer Requirements

  • All volunteers must attend an orientation session.
  • All volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
  • At this time, all volunteers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to actively volunteer in our Housecall Program.
  • Volunteers must complete all application materials including consent forms.
  • Housecall volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of 1 ongoing assignment per week for at least 6 months.
  • Foster Care volunteers must show proof of pet-friendly housing and must provide updated vet records for pets in your home.

*If you have any questions about our requirements, please contact us via email at [email protected] or via phone at 212-203-4760, ext. 303.