PAWS Volunteer Opportunities (Click here to sign-up)
Matchmaker Adoption Events:
P.A.W.S. Youth Volunteers holding puppies at an adoption event
On the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month and on other days PAWS conducts adoption events for homeless animals and the Greenfield Tractor Supply Store and other locations, including some outside Hancock County. Matchmaker volunteers walk dogs, groom cats, set up cages, transport animals to the adoption site, interview potential adopters, answer questions about PAWS and the animals available for adoption, and clean cages and return them to storage.
Cat Caretakers: The PAWS Center is home to 20-30 cats and kittens. They need daily care seven days a week -- feeding, watering, scooping litter boxes, sweeping, dusting, and, of course, playing and petting the cats and kittens.
Kitty Cuddlers: These volunteers visit the PAWS Center and spend time playing, petting, cuddling, and socializing with kittens and adult cats.
Sewing Circle Partners: PAWS volunteers make all sorts of items for PAWS to sell to raise the money needed to house and care for our rescued cats, kittens, dogs and puppies. If you're an expert seamstress or just a beginning sewer, we need your help. One of our biggest fundraisers is the sale of our catnip toys. We sell about 7,000 a year at the PAWS Center, festivals, and through 30+ outlets around central Indiana. That means we need to make 7,000+ catnip toys each year! We also need volunteers willing to make pet beds and clothes to sell. PAWS provides all the materials. Sew at home or join the PAWS Sewing Circle Club and sew at the PAWS Center once a month.
Low Cost Spay and Neuter Programs: PAWS provides low cost spay/neuter opportunities for cats and dogs living in Hancock County. On Mondays, PAWS volunteers transport 15-25 cats and dogs from the PAWS Center to the spay/neuter clinic in Noblesville. Volunteers are needed to schedule spay/neuter appointments, to check-in cats & dogs, and to transport the pets to and from the clinic.
Pet Food Pantry: PAWS distributes pet food weekly to Hancock County pet owners who are low income, disabled or elderly and need assistance providing consist, quality food to their companion animals. Volunteers are needed to help pick up the food, unload it at the PAWS Center, and distribute it to the clients.
Elder Assistance: PAWS provides free transportation to the vet or groomer for pets of elderly or handicapped Hancock County residents with no other means of transporting their pets. Volunteers with good driving records who are comfortable dealing with dogs and cats are needed to provide this transportation.
Foster Programs: Foster homes are needed for dogs and cats, puppies and kittens of all shapes and sizes. If you would like to become a foster home for an animal in need please fill out this on-line application here.
Committee Members: If you have ideas to share you should consider sitting on a PAWS committee. Our group needs organized volunteers to help plan and execute the operations that make PAWS run successfully. We have opening fro the following committees: Fund-raising, Education, Membership, Volunteer and Community Service.
Riley Festival: Every October PAWS has a booth at Riley Festival. We sell pet related merchandise and miscellaneous other items. Volunteers are needed to set-up the booth, operate it from Thursday through Sunday, and take down the booth at the end of the event. Duties would include making sales, collecting payment, making change and restocking merchandise.
PAWS Pool Party: Back to school time brings the closing of the Riley Park Pool. In conjunction with the Greenfield Parks Department, PAWS hosts a pool party for dogs and their owners and a dog dive contest the first Saturday after the pool closes for the season. Volunteers are needed to run the concession stand, to serve as DJ and to set up the dog dive and obstacle course contests.
Hancock County 4-H Fair: PAWS has an information and retail sales booth at the Fair. We need volunteers to set-up and "person" the booth every day during the Fair in July.
Holiday Events - Lights of Love, Blessing of the Animals, Pet Photos with Santa: In early December, PAWS conducts its annual Blessing of the Animals and Lights of Love Tree Lighting ceremony. Volunteers are needed to decorate the tree and Chapel, prepare handouts, set up and serve refreshments, greet visitors. We also have our annual Pet Photos with Santa. Volunteers are needed to greet customers, sell merchandise, collect payments, play Santa, and "wrangle" pets.
Volunteer Mike Rubino plays Santa with PAWS rescue dog, Salsa.