Volunteers are ALWAYS needed and welcome.

PAWS for Life is heavily dependent on our fantastic volunteers, which means we are looking for committed volunteers who are ready to make a difference and join the fun!

Volunteer Orientation Event

Attending a volunteer orientation is the first step in becoming a volunteer here at PAWS for Life. Before anyone can start volunteering, they must attend this one-time orientation. Here you will learn the basics of being a volunteer and will be trained in handling dogs and cats.

Upcoming PAWS for Life Volunteer Orientation Dates!

Volunteers make everything we do possible. Would you like to join our PAWS volunteer team? Please join us for the required Volunteer Orientation on Wednesday, July 28th at 6:00 pm. or Saturday, August 7th at 3:00 am. at our shelter.

Volunteer applications can be found on our website www.pawspueblo.org or at the shelter.

Once you attend our orientation we will find a volunteer position(s) that is right for you. Pack Walks, socializing the animals, playing with the dogs in the yard practicing basic commands, grooming and bathing the animals, playing with cats, cleaning, filing, Office help, Home Checks, preparing treats and community service bags, offsite events (Bingo), FUNdraising, the list goes on……. There are many rewarding opportunities for everyone.

Please email lisa@pawspueblo.org if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!3

PAWS for Life Jr. Volunteer Program

PAWS for Life Jr. Volunteer Program Starting Tuesday, July 6th at 11:00 am

WHO: Teens (Age 13-16 yrs) and Juniors (Age 8-12 yrs) who HAVE COMPLETED our Mandatory Volunteer Orientation. Volunteer Orientation sessions are scheduled monthly.

Parent/Guardian must directly accompany each Junior Volunteer throughout each session. Parents of Teens Volunteers are always welcome at any sessions.

WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11:00am and 12:30pm.

Sessions may be limited or cancelled due to weather conditions, availability of adult supervisors, PAWS staff designated situations and closures.

WHERE: PAWS for Life, 800 N. Pueblo Blvd. Pueblo

WHAT: Volunteers interact with stray and/or owner-surrendered dogs and cats at the shelter. Volunteers groom, read to and socialize dogs in an outdoor yard and cats in the cattery.

Volunteers help with preparing treats, making toys, cutting hot dogs, and occasional craft projects.

Note: We may exclude animals for health or safety reasons.

WHY: Socialization promotes the adoptability of the animals while kids benefit from volunteering their time and talents. This interaction gives the animals much appreciated attention. It is also a great learning tool for young adults to learn about caring for animals.

Our Contact Information

Paws for Life
800 North Pueblo Boulevard
Pueblo, CO 81003
(719) 543-6464

Our Heartfelt Thanks to All of Our Volunteers

Thank you to the many volunteers coming into our PAWS shelter every day to help care for our wonderful pets in waiting.  Also, thank you to those who help with our fundraising, adoptathons, and who foster many of our pets in waiting.  You are truly a blessing to our organization and we would be unable to function without you!

Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations to our May Volunteer of the Month at Paws for Life, Nancy Cipriani!! 
Nancy joined our Pack Walk team back in August of 2020 and according to Nancy, this is her “new home”! She absolutely loves walking the dogs and getting to know them. She has also signed up to be a foster for us and recently welcomed a foster puppy into her home! Not only did she foster the puppy, she also found an adopter for him!! Nancy is always eager to help in any way she can.
Nancy was born in Colorado Springs and lived for 9 years in Clayton, New Mexico before making Pueblo her home. Her husband, Ken who she has been married to for 34 years, is a native of Pueblo. Nancy and Ken have 2 children and 7 grandchildren. They venture up to Wyoming once a month to see her daughter and family. Nancy’s son and other 3 grandchildren live in Pueblo. You can tell by the smile on her face when she talks about her family that they are very close and family is very important to her. Nancy also lights up when she talks about all of her friends that surround and support her.
Nancy worked at Medical Transcription for 20+ years. This afforded her the luxury of working from home and setting her own hours. Because of her flexible schedule, Nancy was able to volunteer at SOCO, Southern Colorado Spay and Neuter, up until a few months ago. She was there when they opened the doors in the late 1990’s and helped clean cages, walked dogs, etc. She later answered the phones and made appointments for them. She also fostered cats and several kittens.
Nancy loves keeping busy. She spends 4 days a week at exercise classes and Zumba! She loves to dance and so the Zumba fits the bill perfectly! Nancy and Ken share their home with their pups, Rory, a 14 year old Pomeranian/Pekinese mix, Ezrah, a 9 month old Klee Kai who was a birthday present for Nancy from Ken and their beautiful cat, Charlie. Charlie was a “foster fail”.
Nancy and Ken also love gambling at Cripple Creek. Unfortunately, they haven’t been able to go the last year because of COVID, but hope to return soon.
We are so thrilled and fortunate to have Nancy as a part of our family at Paws. She truly cares about the animals and wants to help where ever she can.