Become a part of the Pawmetto Lifeline Volunteer Pack!
Volunteers are so important to our mission and our daily operations. If you can donate 8 hours a month you can make a lifetime of a difference in a homeless pet’s life. Have questions? Here are some answers to our most frequent inquiries:
How old do I have to be to volunteer?
Pawmetto Lifeline volunteers must be 16 years of age to volunteer at Pawmetto Lifeline (even if a parent is present).
What kinds of volunteer jobs are available at Pawmetto Lifeline?
There are many ways to spend your time volunteering at Pawmetto Lifeline! Here are several examples of what you can do as a volunteer:
- Buddy's Pet Boutique - Volunteers are needed to assist customers in our designer gift shop.
- Spay & Neuter Clinic - Volunteers needed to help return phone calls and schedule appointments. Specially trained volunteers are also needed to provide in-clinic assistance Monday-Thursdays from 10 am to 6 pm.
- Dog Socialization/Walking - We provide the leash and indoor/outdoor play areas, and you provide the much needed exercise for our precious pooches. Dog walkers are needed 7 days a week starting at 8:30 am.
- “Power Walkers” – Volunteers are specially trained to handle our larger or more active dogs, and teach them good behavior.
- Cat Socialization –Get out the teaser toys and laser pointers to help stimulate the felines. They really need a soft lap to snuggle in. You can also assist with feeding and cleaning their cages.
- Cat Room Attendant –Attendants needed to clean and socialize our cats at the three different PetsMART locations. We like for you to commit to the same time/day every week to take care of the kitties. We will be glad to train you for this position. Locations are at Two Notch, Lexington & Harbison PetSmarts Cat Adoption Centers.
- Transport – We often need help either picking an animal up or taking them to appointments or to other rescue groups.
- Fundraising Opportunities and Community Events - You can create your own fundraiser such as a yard sale, bake sale to generate funds for our general operations. We also have events such as Fur Ball & Bark to the Park where you can donate your time.
- Administrative and Clerical Volunteer Opportunities - There is always filing, data entry and photo copying to help with.
- Paw Pals and Fur Friends Youth Programs - Volunteers can help with our summer Fur Friends camp for 5-10 year olds, or our monthly Paw Pals humane education sessions for 11-15 year olds.
- Pet Soup Program – Our Pet Food Bank takes volunteers every Friday to help bag dog and cat food at Harvest Hope Food Bank. Volunteers also needed on distribution days during the year.
- Laundry/Dishes Assistance – Volunteers are always needed to help us keep up with the wash!
- Van Detail – Transporting animals 7 days a week can get kind of hairy and really messy. We are always in need of volunteers who don't mind getting their hands dirty and clean the van!
- Foster A Pet! – Volunteers are needed to house pets for 2-3 weeks, on average, while we create more space for them at the facility. This is a separate application process. Please see http://www.pawmettolifeline.org/volunteer/foster_a_pet/ for an application and more details.
How do I register for a volunteer orientation?
You must first complete a volunteer application at http://www.pawmettolifeline.org/volunteer/electronic_volunteer_application/. Upon completing the application, you will automatically receive a list with the dates of the next several volunteer orientation sessions via email. Please respond to the email with your preferred date. Please note that we only have a certain amount of spots at each orientation, so you must reserve your space in advance.
If you do not have an email address, or prefer to receive a paper copy of the application, please contact Tory Watkins Cherry, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, at 803-465-9189, or Elisa Strickler, Director of Volunteer Programs, at 803-465-9176.
How long does the orientation and training process take?
The orientation and training process takes approximately 2-3 weeks, depending on the volunteer job you would like to do. After attending general orientation, which lasts 1.5-2 hours, you will be scheduled for a site-specific training before you can begin volunteering.
Can I volunteer for community service hours (school related or court ordered)?
You can volunteer for community service hours, but you must go through the same application, orientation and training process as every other volunteer, and you are expected to commit to 8 hours a month for 3 months, regardless of the time you need to complete for your school or the court.
Does Pawmetto Lifeline offer volunteer opportunities for groups/corporations?
Because of the nature of our work, we generally do not have one-day or group volunteering opportunities at the facility. Group volunteers can help at Pet Soup on Fridays and at special events in the community. Contact Tory Watkins Cherry, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, at 803-465-9189, or Elisa Strickler, Director of Volunteer Programs, at 803-465-9176 for more details.
Is there a dress code for volunteers?
Volunteers must wear close-toed shoes when working in the facility. Shorts must be knee-length or longer, and hats are not permitted in our building. T-shirts and scrubs can be purchased at our boutique. T-shirts are sometimes provided at special events.
What hours am I able to volunteer?
Volunteer hours at our facility are from 8:30 am – 7:00 pm, 7 days per week, including all holidays. Special events and community outreach volunteering have varying hours. Volunteers can sign up for available shifts through our online Volunteer Information Center. Upon completion of training, each volunteer will receive logon information and a password for this system.
Can I bring my own pet to my volunteer shift at Pawmetto Lifeline?
Personal pets are not allowed during your volunteer shift.
Pawmetto Lifeline have opportunities for job shadowing?
We do not have opportunities for job shadowing at this time.
I do an internship at Pawmetto Lifeline?
Internships will be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact Tory Watkins Cherry, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, at 803-465-9189, or Elisa Strickler, Director of Volunteer Programs, at 803-465-9176 to learn of available opportunities.
opportunities are there for youth to be involved with Pawmetto Lifeline?
Pawmetto Lifeline has a fee-based summer camp for 5-10 year olds called Fur Friends. We also have opportunities to host birthday parties and Girl/Boy Scout troop meetings at our facility. Our Special Events Manager, Karen Deas, also provides humane education to school groups at their schools and in the facility. Contact her at 803-465-9173 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
We also have a program for 11-15 year olds called Paw Pals. This is a summer program in which youth come to two sessions on Saturday mornings to participate in humane education, supervised animal interaction, and arts/craft activities. Graduates of the program are invited to participate in other special events throughout the year. Please contact Tory Watkins Cherry, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, at 803-465-9189, or Elisa Strickler, Director of Volunteer Programs, at 803-465-9176 for more information.