Thank you for your interest in the Humane Society of Delaware County's (HSDC) volunteer program - People, Animals & Welfare for Success (PAWS). Please complete the application below so that we may get to know more about you and your interests.

The volunteer orientation program consists of a total of 11 hours of training - 6 hours of off-site classroom curriculum followed by 5 on-site hours of volunteering with a lead volunteer or staff member. Attendance at each session is mandatory for completion of the program and graduation into our PAWS program. All classroom training is held at the Powell United Methodist Church, 825 E. Olentangy Street, Powell, Ohio 40365.

Please note that PAWS is a competitive program and completion of this application does not guarantee admission. We charge a nominal $15.00 per volunteer to cover the cost of the training.

Contact Information


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.

New Volunteer training series

Upcoming PAWS classes are noted below. Please select the class you wish to attend. It's required to attend all three dates.


Skills & Experience

Do you have any previous volunteering experience? If yes, please provide details below.


It is great to know what local businesses support volunteer efforts and we appreciate knowing if your company matches employee donations!

Volunteer Type

Please select the correct volunteer type (based on your age):

JUNIOR VOLUNTEERS - are between the ages 12 -15 and must have an adult volunteer guardian (21 or older) attend all classes and during volunteering activities in order to be eligible to participate in the PAWS junior volunteer program. The junior volunteer AND THE ADULT VOLUNTEER guardian must both complete a volunteer application.

TEEN VOLUNTEERS - are between the ages of 16 - 17.

ADULT VOLUNTEERS - are 18 years of age or older.

Emergency Contact

In the event of an emergency who should we notify?

Volunteer Information Center

We provide an online "Volunteer Information Center" where volunteers may check their schedules, update their information, and receive messages. Please select the password you would like to use to access the online Volunteer Information Center.


I agree to serve as a member of the volunteer team at the discretion of the Humane Society of Delaware County (HSDC), and to abide by the policies and procedures as explained to me by the HSDC during any volunteer training, activity or communication.

I understand that my picture or image may be taken when I am doing volunteer work for the HSDC and used for promotional activities. I understand that I will receive no compensation for giving this permission.

I understand that because I may handle animals, I am at risk for contracting a zoonotic illness, and I should consult my physician with any questions I may have. I understand there are risks and hazards working with animals. I assume those willingly and agree to hold the HSDC harmless in the event of accident or injury.

I understand animals can bite, scratch or otherwise injury me or others while I am volunteering either on or off the HSDC property, when I am preparing to volunteer, or just having completed volunteering and I knowingly assume the risk of injury or sickness and I hold harmless and waive any and all of my rights against the HSDC and its employees, officers, veterinarians, agents, Board of Directors and Executive staff for any injury or sickness, known or unknown, which may develop now or in the future.

I certify and warrant that I am in good physical condition and able to participate in the above activities, and I agree to do so at my own risk.

I expressly agree and acknowledge that I am participating as a volunteer and not as an employee of the HSDC. I understand and agree that I shall not accrue nor shall I be entitled to any payment, benefits, or other incidents of employment by virtue of this agreement.