THANK YOU for your interest in volunteering at PAWS!

Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

PAWS Volunteers Help Socialize Kittens

PAWS’ success is dependent on the volunteers, like you, whose hard work directly impacts the cats and dogs that call PAWS their temporary home. Sharing your time and talent does make a difference. As other PAWS volunteers will tell you, spending time here is both rewarding and fulfilling.

We’re glad you’re interested in helping and, we look forward to learning more about you.

To be a volunteer at PAWS, you must:

Volunteer Training Sessions are held at PAWS (455 F Edward Hebert Blvd Belle Chasse, LA 70037) and begin at 1:00 pm. You do not need to pre-register, but you must attend the entire session to be eligible to volunteer at PAWS.

Upcoming Volunteer Training Sessions:

Beginning September 14th, Volunteer Training sessions are scheduled for every other Saturday at 1pm at PAWS (click here for directions)


Volunteer Positions @ PAWS:

KENNEL CLEANER (8am – 12pm daily)

Since the staff spends a majority of the day cleaning and picking up after the animals in our care, Kennel Cleaners are vital to PAWS! Duties include:

Cat Kennel Cleaner duties include:

  • Ensuring cats have fresh food and water
  • Scooping litter, washing litter boxes, and refreshing litter
  • Cleaning cat cages (throw out newspaper, wipe down cage, put down fresh newspaper)
  • Cleaning cat rooms (sweep & mop the floors and Windex the glas windows and doors)
  • Cleaning base boards and door frames

Dog Kennel Cleaner duties include:

  • Scooping poop in the yard
  • Discarding unused or broken balls and toys in the yard
  • Raking gravel
  • Hosing down kennels
  • Scrubbing floors and kennel walls with kennel cleaner and use squeegee to remove excess water
  • Sweeping concrete area outside to remove any gravel


LOBBY ASSISTANT (8am – 12pm daily)

Help the front desk staff with daily tasks! Duties include:

  • Sweeping and mopping the lobby area
  • Cleaning glass doors and windows with Windex
  • Greeting customers in a friendly and professional manner & leading them to the adoptable animals
  • Updating the information board
  • Emptying trash in the offices
  • Watering plants and flowers outside
  • Filing paperwork


CAT CUDDLER (2pm – 4pm daily)

Come play with our cats! Duties include:

  • Giving love and affection to our cats
  • Brushing and bathing the cats
  • Mentally stimulating the cats with fun toys (balls, ribbons, bells, etc)
  • Scooping litter boxes
  • Ensuring the cats have fresh food and water for the night


PUPPY PLAYER (2pm – 4pm daily)

Hang out in the puppy room! Duties include:

  • Giving love and affection to our small dogs and puppies
  • Brushing and bathing the dogs
  • Mentally stimulating the dogs with fun toys (balls, ropes, squeakers)
  • Replacing soiled newspapers
  • Ensuring the puppies have fresh food and water for the night


DOG WALKER (2pm – 4pm daily)

Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound! Duties include:

  • Checking in with staff to find out which dogs need a walk
  • Properly leashing and/or harnessing dogs
  • Walking or jogging with the dogs in designated walking areas near the shelter
  • Teaching dogs proper leash-walking manners
  • Ensuring the dogs are returned to the correct kennel and leashes are put away in the designated place


EVENT ATTENDEE (weekly, as needed)

Come out and show what it means to be a part of PAWS! Duties include:

  • Attending adoption events at Petsmart, Petco, and more
  • Greeting people in a friendly and professional manner
  • Being knowledgeable about the animals available for adoption
  • Encouraging responsible pet ownership
  • Educating the public about PAWS’ mission to help stray and abandoned animals become happy, healthy pets.