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!

PAWS for Life Volunteer Orientation!
Volunteers make everything we do possible. Would you like to join our PAWS volunteer team? Please join us for the required Volunteer Orientation on Thursday, October 14th at 6:00 pm.
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 that is right for you. Pack Walk, socializing with the animals, playing with the dogs in the yard practicing basic commands, playing with cats, cleaning, filing, Home Checks, preparing treats and community service bags, Fostering, 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!

PAWS for Life Jr. Volunteer Program

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: Fridays from 12:30 – 2:00

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

Please help us in congratulating our August, 2021 Volunteer of the Month, Cathy Anthony!
Meet Cathy- I’ve always been an animal advocate. I was the little girl in the neighborhood that brought the injured birds, turtles and even snakes home to try to help them heal, with some success. With that came plenty of stray dogs and cats that I worked hard to find their owner or a new home. I can’t count how many signs I have nailed to power poles.
In my family we had cats so I have enjoyed them since I was very young. I was so anxious to get a dog as a pet when I left home! I’ve had at least one, more often two, in my life since. Every one of my pets have always been either off the street rescues or adopted from a shelter or rescue group.
I have volunteered with three shelters and a couple of rescue groups over the years. In the 1980’s, way back when I was single, I spent most of my free time volunteering at the Dallas SPCA. I enjoy volunteering at PAWS because the animals are well cared for with more emphasis on socialization than most shelters I’ve experienced.
My husband (of 28 years) and I moved to the Pueblo area a few years ago and we are busy planning our life for when he is able to retire. Of course, I will keep working for the animals at PAWS when I am able.