Volunteer Program

Palm Valley Animal Center/The Laurie P. Andrews Paws Center welcomes anyone willing to donate their time to the homeless & abandoned animals of the Rio Grande Valley. For the safety of the animals, volunteers, guests, and staff; completion of the Volunteer Program Registration process is required prior to volunteering at PVAC/PAWS.


1. Meet age requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Minors (ages 16 & 17): Please see the Minor Consent Form section of the Volunteer Service Agreement for details and bring signed consent form to orientation. 
  • Junior Volunteers (ages 6-15):  Please see the Junior Volunteer Section of the Volunteer Service Agreement for details.  

2. Pay $20 Registration Fee, see Orientation and Fee Policy

  • Registration fee is used to off-set cost of our Volunteer Program, including software, grooming supplies, and extra leashes.

3. Complete the online Volunteer Application Form

  • Select orientation date: Available dates listed on volunteer application.        ONLY SELECT orientation date after you have paid the registration fee of $20.

4. Attend Volunteer Orientation, see Orientation and Fee Policy


After submitting the online Volunteer Application Form, a confirmation email will be sent with the selected orientation date. Please bring completed Volunteer Service Agreement and copy of the registration fee receipt.

*Minors ages 16 & 17 must print the Volunteer Service Agreement, have their parent/guardian sign the form, & bring the completed form to orientation. Without the form minors will not be able to start volunteering.


Access your volunteer information using the VOLUNTEER PORTAL, here you can update your contact information, print your volunteer hours using the Service History tab and stay up to date on new volunteer opportunities.

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For more information, questions and/or accommodations, please contact:
Volunteer Program

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