Volunteer Program

To volunteer specifically for our 800 Pup Project, email our Volunteer Program at volunteer@pvactx.org.

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.

PVAC/PAWS Volunteer Registration Process

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. Complete the online Volunteer Application Form

  • Select orientation date: Available dates listed on volunteer application.       

3. Attend Volunteer Orientation, see Orientation Guidelines

Parents who would like to bring their children in as Junior Volunteers can complete the required paperwork at orientation. Unfortunately, we can not accommodate children under the age of 6. Please check out our Education Program for other options.

Our Volunteer Program provides a t-shirt, name badge & access to our Volgistics System, which tracks your hours.
Any donations help our program.


Post Registration

After submitting the online Volunteer Application Form, a confirmation email will be sent with the selected orientation date.

Volunteer for the Foster Program

A foster home is a temporary living situation for pets in our program while they are awaiting placement in a permanent home, transport for rescue, or to move into one of our adoption locations.

Current Volunteers

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.



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

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