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.

Volunteers make everything we do possible.

Would you like to join our PAWS volunteer team? Please join us for the required Volunteer Orientation on Saturday, April 20th at 11:00 am.
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 10:30am – 12:00pm

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 join us in celebrating Sharon Ruggieri. who has been selected as February’s Volunteer of the Month. Sharon’s dedication to our animals shines through as she spends countless hours in the yard, socializing with and caring for them. Thank you, Sharon, for your invaluable contributions to PAWS and our beloved animals.

From Sharon- why I volunteer at PAWS: I have always been overwhelmed by the dedicated, welcoming, and ever appreciative staff at PAWS. They are a group of authentic individuals with an unwavering common mindset, goals, love and dedication for each other, the volunteers, the community, and of course, all the amazing furbabies in their care. There are no words to express the heartfelt rewards of spending time with the animals whether it be pack walks, play time in the yard, or simply sitting with them in the sunshine showing them how much they our loved and cherished. The animals are healthy and happy and know they are loved as evidenced by their hugs, kisses, and full body wiggles when they see “their people”! While volunteering at PAWS, the world fades to the background, leaving only “in the moment” laughter and smiles that can only be provided by our fur babies. Volunteering at PAWS is a gift I give to myself.