P.A.W.S Student Program

What is P.A.W.S?

P.A.W.S stands for Peer Ambassadors for Welfare and Service. It is our shelter’s student program designed for high school students who require community service hours in order to graduate or for a graduation/senior project. This program allows for high school students between the ages of 16-18 to obtain the community service hours required by their school, while also involving them in the mission of the Beaver County Humane Society.

What is the program exactly?

P.A.W.S is for passionate animal lovers who want to make a difference in the lives of a shelter animal. The P.A.W.S program is a 3-month long program, with the primary volunteer work conducted at the Beaver County Humane Society. Only 15 students will be accepted into each 3-month cycle of the program.

P.A.W.S students can volunteer Tuesday and Thursday evenings until 7:00 p.m. or Saturday’s and Sunday’s from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (and any major holiday).

Students will be expected to volunteer a minimum of one day a week at the shelter for one hour (but can always volunteer more) in order to stay active in the P.A.W.S program.

Students will also be required to volunteer 2 kennel shifts per month, either choosing a Saturday or Sunday. Kennel shifts consist of working alongside our dog and cat staff as they clean animal kennels. This is hard work and will include scrubbing cages, walking dogs, handling cats, removing soiled blankets or toys, etc. These shifts are 7:30 – 11:00 a.m. (but students can always volunteer longer after they complete their kennel shift).

In order for a student to complete the program and obtain the volunteer hours required by their school, the student must continue volunteering for the Beaver County Humane Society until the end of the 3-month cycle. Meaning, if you only need 20 hours to graduate and you finish them within a few weeks of beginning the P.A.W.S program, you must continue to volunteer and follow the P.A.W.S program requirements until the end of the 3 months. If a student leaves the P.A.W.S program before the 3 months are up, their hours will be terminated and not admissible for any graduation requirement.

Also, if a student is removed from the P.A.W.S program by the Volunteer Coordinator for misconduct or for breaking with shelter volunteer policy, their hours will also be terminated and not admissible for any graduation requirement.

You must meet these qualifications in order to be considered:

  • Only for students between the ages of 16-18 years old.
  • Must be hard-working, a good communicator, and passionate about helping animals.
  • Must complete an online application. No phone calls will be accepted in lieu of our online application.
  • Once an application is sent, the student will then wait on our Volunteer Coordinator to review the application, and possibly consider them for an interview. Interviews will be done either over the phone or in person at the shelter. The Volunteer Coordinator will schedule your interview if you are selected.
  • You cannot participate in this program if you or your family are not in good standing with the Beaver County Humane Society, or if you or a member of your family have an animal abuse charge against them.

Interested? Ready to apply?