PAWS San Diego, a program of San Diego Humane Society, helps people keep their pets by providing essential pet services and support to low-income pet families all over San Diego County. Our clients include seniors, people who are chronically ill and/or disabled, veterans, members of the military and homeless individuals.

As the largest pet safety net service in San Diego, the goal of this unique program is to keep pets in their homes and out of shelters.

Compassionate, dedicated volunteers are needed to assist the PAWS program. Our volunteers assist PAWS clients in a variety of ways, including delivery of pet food and supplies to home bound clients, transportation to vet appointments for clients who are unable to get there on their own, and dog walking for home bound and hospitalized clients.

Volunteers are also needed in the PAWS warehouse, located at the San Diego Campus. Here, volunteers assist the PAWS staff with picking up donations, assembling food and supply orders, and at our monthly pantry distribution sites, where clients can pick up pet food.


  • Attend our Volunteer Info Session at the San Diego, Oceanside or Escondido Campus during our next recruitment period. We recruit volunteers every other month, starting in January of each year.
  • After the Info Session, all volunteer applicants complete a Volunteer Interview and if offered a position, will complete our Volunteer Orientation and hands-on training prior to volunteering.
  • A background check and/or DMV check is required prior to volunteering for PAWS positions that work directly with homebound clients.