PAWS is looking for pet support volunteers!



Time Commitment

A few hours per month


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


730 Polk Street
3rd floor
San Francisco
United States


Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) is seeking volunteers to help keep those most vulnerable in our community together with their beloved pets. By helping PAWS' clients care for their pets you will be ensuring that low-income and disabled individuals in our community can continue to benefit from the unconditional love and healing powers of the human-animal bond.

Since 1987, PAWS has been helping hundreds of people maintain their pets through the dedication of volunteers who do dog walking, help with cat care, distribute pet food at the PAWS pet food bank and/or deliver pet food to clients, transport pets and clients to vet appointments and provide temporary pet foster care. If you are an animal lover and want to help others who are at risk of losing their own beloved companion animal, come join our team of fabulous volunteers today!

As a pet support volunteer, you will: 

--Go through the internationally-recognized Shanti Model of Peer Support training 

--Be matched 1-on-1 with a client and their pet

--Join a community of thoughtful, supportive volunteers and staff

If you decide to enroll as a pet support volunteer there is a mandatory volunteer training. Each interested volunteer must attend ALL of the training dates listed below.

May Training:

Friday, May 18th from 6:00-9:30pm

Saturday, May 19th from 9:00-6:00pm

Sunday, May 20th from 10:00-6:30pm

Wednesday, May 23rd from 6:00-9:30pm

The purpose of this training is to prepare volunteers to work with individuals with life-threatening illnesses and their pets. The training will supply information about cancer, HIV/AIDS and other disabilities as well as teach communication and listening skills through a variety of interactive exercises. 

You can make an invaluable difference to an underserved person and their beloved pet, and have your life changed in the process.

For more information or to apply, please contact Volunteer Services, at


  • Training Provided


  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

For more information or to apply, please contact, Volunteer Services at