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Paws for Life is always looking for reliable, committed volunteers. There are many ways to help homeless pets and we hope you’ll join our team.

How to Become a Volunteer

  1. Apply online 
  2. Complete the liability waiver
  3. Paws for Life will contact you to schedule training
  4. You will be provided with the PFL Volunter Manual
  5. You will be added to the PFL VOLUNTEERS group on Facebook
  6. Away you go, volunteering to help homeless cats and dogs.

Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities

  • Adoption Events: greet visitors, explain our adoption process, keep animals comfortable
  • Adoption Follow-Ups: contact adopters to check in and find out how the pet is adjusting
  • Cat Adoptions: assist with placing cats and kittens in forever homes
  • Cat Behavior: provide training and advice to adopters with cat behavior issues
  • Dog Adoptions: assist with placing dogs and puppies in forever homes
  • Dog Behavior: provide training and advice to adopters with dog behavior issues
  • Dog Walking – Clinton Township: sign-up for shifts to walk and spend time with our adoptable dogs currently in a Clinton Twp boarding kennel
  • Food for Events: coordinate food to be served to people at various events and fundraisers
  • Foster Care: provide temporary care for adoptable dogs, cats, puppies or kittens until they’re adopted. Paws for Life provides all medical care and animal supplies.
  • Fundraising: join the fundraising team to plan events and programs that raise money
  • In-store Cats – Farmington Hills: sign-up for shifts to care for our cats and kittens that live at Petco in Farmington Hills (Orchard Lake Rd and 13 Mile)
  • Lost Pet Reunification: help develop a manual and program to assist pet owners whose pets are lost or missing 
  • Medical: track and communicate medical needs of animals in the rescue
  • Online Stores: manage PFL’s online stores at Zazzle and CafePress
  • Photography: coordinate professional photography opportunities for the adoptable pets in our care
  • PR and Marketing: develop a marketing program and assist with public relations activities
  • Recruitment: get creative and find opportunities to recruit new volunteers
  • Retention and Recognition: manage the retention and recognition program, tracking volunteer hours and accomplishments
  • Scentsy Fundraising: manage our Scentsy program
  • Surrender Prevention: develop a program to assist pet owners so that they do not have to surrender their pets to a shelter
  • TNR / Community Cats: manage and coordinate a TNR program
  • Transport: drive dogs or cats to events 

How to Become a Volunteer Foster Care Home
Paws for Life would not exist without loving, responsible foster care homes. Providing a temporary home for a pet in need is extremely rewarding. You save an animal’s life, and in return, receive unconditional love while the pet waits for his forever family. The Rescue provides all needed supplies, such as bedding, dishes, toys, crate, food, litter, litterbox, collar, leash, etc., and all medical care. Apply today to become a foster care home.