Please complete this application form if you are interested in becoming a Prairie Paws Animal Shelter volunteer. Once you complete the form, click the Continue button at the bottom.

Name and address

Emergency Contact

Demographic Information

You may optionally provide the following information. It is used only to help us get a better idea of the demographic make-up of our volunteers.

Background Information


Please indicate the days and times you are usually available to volunteer.

Email Preferences

We like to keep volunteers informed of important news, schedules, and volunteer opportunities by email, however will not send you any email you prefer not to receive. Use the checkboxes below to select the kinds of email you would like to receive from us.

Create an Account

The email and password you provide in these fields will be used as your login information.

Model Release and Waiver of Liability

For good and valuable consideration, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, hereby irrevocably authorize Prairie Paws Animal Shelter to use photographs of me and or my property and authorize him/her/their and his/her/their assignees, licensees, legal representatives and transferees to use and publish (with or without my name, company name or fictitious name) photographs, pictures, portraits or images herein described in any and all forms and media and in all manners including composite images or distorted representations, and the purposes of publicity, illustration, commercial art, advertising, publishing (including publishing in electronic form on CDs or internet websites), for any product or services, or other lawful uses as may be determined by Prairie Paws Animal Shelter. I further waive any and all rights to review or approve any uses of the images, any written copy or finished product. I am of legal age and have read and fully understand the terms of this release.

Waiver of Liability:

I understand that it is the policy of Prairie Paws Animal Shelter (herein after referred to as PPAS) that all volunteers under the age of 18 must attend and complete the volunteer training program with their parent or guardian in attendance before being allowed to volunteer at PPAS.

I understand that it is my responsibility (or that of my parent/guardian/or sponsor) to be familiar with, understand, and follow the standards of PPAS volunteers. Further, I understand if I do not follow those standards I may be asked to leave PPAS and refrain from returning in the future.

I understand that “underage” volunteers (those 14-17 years of age) may have limited volunteer opportunities.

I understand that “junior” volunteers (those 13 years of age and under) must be accompanied by a parent/guardian/or PPAS approved sponsor over the age of 21 while volunteering at the shelter. *No sponsor may be responsible for more than three (3) “junior” volunteers.

I further understand that PPAS management and the Board of Directors reserves the right to limit the number of “underage” volunteers present at PPAS at any one time.

I understand that there are certain inherent risks involved in volunteering at PPAS including, but not limited to, animal bites, animal scratches, and possible exposure to zoonotic (transmissible from animal to human) diseases.

While it is not the intention of PPAS to expose the public to any aggressive or ill animal, I consent that, due to unknown history of animals housed at PPAS, I will ask for assistance before approaching any animal that is unknown to me.

I understand that, as a volunteer at PPAS, I am ineligible to receive compensation of any kind in exchange for any task performed.

I understand that by signing this Waiver of Liability that I am forfeiting my right to hold PPAS responsible for any event or injury that may occur as a result of my volunteer role at PPAS. Should an event or injury occur, I agree to hold PPAS faultless from any and all claims, legal action and suits at law or in equity, which may hereafter be declared by me or another person acting on my behalf as a result of volunteer activity performed at Prairie Paws Animal Shelter.

Prairie Paws Animal Shelter Volunteer Confidentiality Agreement

I recognize that any and all information shared with me as part of my duties as a volunteer is confidential and shall not be divulged to unauthorized individuals, agencies or organizations.

I will not copy, transcribe, record or memorize confidential information in any manner, nor disclose or use such information for any purpose other than for the limited purpose of providing the assigned services at the Prairie Paws Animal Shelter.

I hereby absolutely and unconditionally release and discharge Prairie Paws Animal Shelter, including its employees, successors, assigns, directors, officers and agents, from and against any and all claims, obligations and liabilities, of every nature and kind whatsoever, relating to or arising from my participation with the volunteer program including, but not limited to personal injury.

I will only serve as an agency representative in the community or media spokesperson when authorized to do so by the Volunteer Coordinator.

I will correct, when possible, misleading or inaccurate information and representations made by other concerning Prairie Paws Animal Shelter policies, practices and procedures.

I will maintain and safeguard the confidentiality of all business, donor, employee, volunteer and animal records, credit and financial information and/or any information relating to the operation of the agency that is not known or readily accessible to the public.

I will avoid engaging in any conduct that is or could be perceived as a conflict of interest. Refrain from using the Prairie Paws Animal Shelter property, services or supplies for personal reasons unless given prior permission by the appropriate staff member.

I will contact the Volunteer Coordinator if I have any questions or concerns about the Prairie Paws Animal Shelter’s policies, procedures, interpersonal communications or my volunteer responsibilities.

In order to remain in good standing, I understand that I am required to consistently adhere to the Volunteer Code of Conduct.

I understand that any unauthorized release of photographs taken in or around the Prairie Paws Animal Shelter can result in dismissal from the volunteer program and legal action may occur.

I understand that any unauthorized release or carelessness in the handling of this confidential information is considered a breach of the duty to maintain confidentiality.

I further understand that any breach of the duty to maintain confidentiality could be grounds for immediate dismissal and/or possible liability in any legal action arising from such breach.