PAWSwalk Event Volunteer

Recruit your friends, family and co-workers to volunteer at our 24th annual PAWSwalk! 

PAWSwalk is our largest and most visible fundraiser of the year. After months of online fundraising by individuals and teams, more than 1,000 humans and their dogs gather for a fun and celebratory 5k walk in the park.

Several dozen animal-friendly exhibitors will also be on hand with merchandise to sell, free samples, and useful information. There's a beer and mimosa garden—Pours for PAWS—a variety of vegetarian/vegan food trucks, a kids’ zone, puppies and dogs for adoption, games and prizes, dog agility and training courses, and much, much more.

We depend on the support of 150+ volunteers to make this a successful event. Be part of this fun-filled day by lending a hand with one of the volunteer opportunities listed below.

Time commitment: 2-4 hour shift depending on the position

Positions available:

6:30-8:30 a.m. 
Assist staff with setting up event. Run through check-list to ensure all set-up tasks are complete. Physical position that involves heavy lifting and ability to work quickly.

Sponsor Check-in 
7:00-9:00 a.m.
Direct sponsors, vendors and entertainment to their designated booths. Helping them get set-up and carrying stuff from their cars if necessary. 

Retail Booth
7:00-10:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Collect t-shirt vouchers and distribute t-shirts to walkers. Sell PAWS merchandise to participants. Setup and tear down displays. 

Walker Registration
7:00-11:00 a.m.
Register and check-in participants. Strong attention to detail and people skills needed. Please be on time to allow time for training beforehand. Three people will be needed to stay longer – until about 1:00 p.m.

8:00-11:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
You name it, it will probably need to be done! Flexibility and patience are a must. Bring a book to keep you occupied during down times.

Welcome Team/Parking Monitor
8:00-11:00 a.m.
Stand in front of the PAWSwalk designated parking lots waving people in and welcoming them to PAWSwalk. Ensure no dogs are left in cars and notify volunteers/staff at the Event Info Booth if there are.

Registration Line Greeter and Dog Handler
8:00-11:00 a.m.
Position yourself near the lines forming at check-in. Welcome walkers, answer check-in questions, direct people to open lines, and hold dogs while people fill out registration paperwork.
Please note: to sign up for this role, you must already be a Companion Animal Shelter Dog Handler volunteer with PAWS. 

8:30-11:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Capture the moment at the Warm 106.9 photo booth. Volunteers will take walker suggested donations and help keep the line organized.

Dog Check
8:30-11:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Hold onto walkers' dogs while they use the bathroom. Great job for dog lovers! *Must be a Companion Animal Shelter Dog Handler volunteer.*

Pours for PAWS Beer & Mimosa Garden Attendants
9:00-11:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Check walker I.D.'s as they enter the beer garden. Keep the beer garden tidy and aesthetically pleasing.

Festival Patrol
9:00-11:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Travel the event and clean up as you go, including dog messes. Hand out poop bags to people. Keep dog water bowls filled. Empty trash cans and recycle bins as needed.

Woo-Hoo Route and Water Station Monitors
9:00 a.m.-Noon
AKA cheerleaders along route! Be on the PAWSwalk route to point people in the correct direction, fill human water cups and dog bowls, keep stations neat, trash contained, and help people and dogs get water. Also cheer, encourage and thank walkers as they pass by! Will help set up water stations before the walk starts. This is a great position for groups who'd like to get involved!

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Dress up as one of our Mascots (Riley the Raccoon or Buddy the Dog) and travel the event, taking pictures with walkers and getting walkers excited. Energetic personalities are a must!

Woo-Hoo Crew
9:45 a.m.-Noon
Welcome walkers at the start and finish line as they return from the walk route with cheering, clapping and smiles.

Clean-up Crew
12:30-3:00 p.m.
Once the event is over, break down everything, load trucks, clean up garbage, empty garbage and recycle bins and take down signage, etc.

Training: All positions listed above will receive any necessary training on the day of the event.

Refreshments & Rest Area: Volunteers will have a dedicated shaded area to sit and rest during breaks. Coffee, juice and water will be provided, along with snack items.

Volunteer t-shirt: Volunteers are provided with a free event t-shirt to wear during their shift. A private changing area is provided.

How to sign up:
Please contact Claire Del-Torchio at Be sure to include the following information in your email: 

1) First and last name
2) Contact number
3) T-shirt size
4) First, second, and third choice volunteer position

Please contact Claire Del-Torchio, PAWSwalk Volunteer Coordinator at or 425.787.2500 x261.

Come join in the fun knowing that all PAWSwalk proceeds will help the thousands of orphaned, sick and injured cats, dogs and wild animals that PAWS will care for this year!