Volunteering with paws4people

Thank you for visiting our Volunteer Opportunities Page!

Please fill out the application if you would like to become a paws4people®️ Foundation volunteer. Once you have completed the application, please allow 24-72 business hours for it to be accepted. From there, you can begin with your very first public puppy outing once you complete the Puppy Outing Training Video, "What to expect on a Puppy Outing?".

We are constantly adding new volunteer opportunities so please check back regularly.

Your service can make a difference. We look forward to having you as a part of the puppy team!

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Puppy Development Center Volunteer

This option is volunteering at our Puppy Development Center at our ADDIE's Way Campus in Castle Hayne, NC. Volunteers at our Center have many different responsibilities including all care, training, feeding, exercising, and clean-up of our Puppies ages ~3-20 weeks old. Volunteer Shifts run 6am-10pm every day of the week so there is a ton of flexibility. There is some bending and light lifting involved with volunteering at the Center. If interested in this option, volunteers must go through a 2.5 hour at our Center. Our upcoming Orientation Dates are listed on the site. Children ages 12 and above are allowed to volunteer at our Center, but any child under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian both at the Orientation and on all Volunteer shifts at the Center. We do recommend you attend a few puppy outings prior to this option of volunteering at the center. We only book orientations 1-2 months out due to the puppies schedules. 

Puppy Outings

Puppy Outings happen weekly throughout the Wilmington Community. There is no formal training needed to assist with these outings. You simply sign up for an outing that you are interested in/available for through the link below and then meet the outing supervisor on your selected date & time. Once you meet the supervisor outside the venue they will give you instructions on how to properly handle the puppy throughout the outing. Puppy outings last about one hour at each location. All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian on these outings. 

Puppy Host Family

paws4people®️ foundation trains puppies to prepare them for their future roles as life-saving Assistance Dogs. One of the most important stages for our dogs is their Puppy Development. 

You can become a valuable part of our process by joining our Puppy Host Family Program!

***In order to be a host we require prior experience with our puppies through volunteering on Puppy Outings and at our Puppy Development Center (PDC). Please fill out an application for a Better Impact account on the main Volunteer Opportunities Page to get started on Puppy Outings and sign up for a PDC Orientation. Once you have gained these qualifications & emailed the DPD, you will then have access to sign up for the Puppy Host Orientation in Better Impact. Thank you so much for your interest in puppy hosting! 

Internship opportunities

Looking for a career development internship? Wanting to expand your experience in the Animal Care or Veterinary field? Are you interested in puppy development or dog training?


Our Goal: Transform Lives

paws4people®️ trains and places Assistance Dogs in assisting users to transform their lives for a better tomorrow. We believe every person is deserving of priceless and well-deserved independence.

Today, many clients with “invisible disabilities” using an Assistance Dog while accessing public venues are questioned more readily than a handler whose disability is visible.

Therefore, we feel it is important for people to recognize and understand that Assistance Dogs, when employed correctly within the confines of the law, are providing invaluable services to their users.