4900 Milgen Rd.
Columbus, GA 31907
Megan Rivera Drew
PAWS Humane's mission is to prevent overpopulation and suffering of companion animals, to teach kindness and responsibility toward them and to promote the remarkable capacity of pets to enrich human lives through pet-assisted therapy programs. We have an adoption center, spay/neuter clinic, and education center at the Animal Resource Center located on Milgen Road.
PAWS Humane provides volunteers with over 40 volunteer positions. Volunteers can assist with dog walking, socializing, off-site adoption events, humane education presentations, marketing, public relations, and more. Volunteers can help with as many or as few volunteer roles as they would like and are not limited to the existing volunteer opportunities.
In-Room Socializing: Many of our shelter animals may not have had the best experiences with people and do not know the meaning of true affection. Volunteers play an essential role in giving all of our shelter pets a good experience with people, instilling in them that people are not here to harm them, but to provide love and care. A well-socialized animal is happy, which makes them more approachable and makes the transition into a new home much easier on the adopter and pet. Let an animal fall asleep in your lap and soak up some of the love these shelter pets have to offer!
Dog Walkers: Many of our dogs are housebroken or are in the process of becoming housebroken. Dog walkers ensure these animals get outside, so they donâ€™t have an accident inside which causes them anxiety. The exercise that walks provide is crucial to decreasing anxiety as well. Beautiful wooded trails are on-site for daily walks.
Facility Cleaning: As you can imagine, much cleaning is needed here at PAWS first thing every morning! Our Animal Care Techs arrive at 7am every day to heavily clean the adoptions and pre-adoptions kennels. Anything from scrubbing floors to changing litter is tackled during this time. It is advisable that volunteers wear long pants and rubber boots if possible.
Photography Assistants: A good photo makes all the difference in getting potential adopters through our doors. Volunteers are needed to assist professional photographers who graciously donate their time to photograph our shelter pets. Tasks such as prop set up, animal handling and posing, and equipment breakdown are just a sampling of what photography assistants can provide.
Volunteers for Paws Humane Society must be at least 18 years of age, attend a Volunteer Orientation and purchase a volunteer t-shirt ($10.80). Registration information and dates can be found on our website at www.pawshumane.org/get-involved/volunteers/.
Volunteers are welcome to assist us during our normal business hours Monday - Friday from 7:30 am - 6:00 pm and Saturday from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm. PAWS is closed to the public on Sundays, but volunteers can help with off-site events.