No Dog? No Prob!

There are many ways you can donate your time without becoming a Therapy Team.

Volunteer as a Visit Assistant, become an intern, or lend a hand during our many events!

Visit Assistant & Ambassador

Help Therapy Teams!

A Visit Assistant and Ambassador is a great role if you do not have an animal suited for therapy work.

As a Visit Assistant you go to sites with Therapy Teams (handlers and their animals) and help make the visits more efficient and effective. This includes greeting patients, opening doors, handing out the animal’s business cards and more, allowing the handler to keep all focus on the animal. Serving as an Ambassador, you represent Hand in Paw at community events and health fairs to let the community know about the work of our organization.


  • Understand and believe in the mission of Hand in Paw
  • Provide a positive, warm experience for those we visit
  • Maintain up to date training, registration and paperwork
  • Volunteer on a minimum of two one-hour visits per month

  • Let your Team Leader know when you cannot attend a scheduled visit
  • Uphold all Hand in Paw policies, including confidentiality
  • Serve as an ambassador to speak about Hand in Paw as needed in an informed, helpful way to those interested from the community when on visits or at HIP Events



Intern With "The Paw"

The perfect pawnership.

We are looking for an ambitious, dog-loving intern who can help Hand in Paw by assisting with logistics and tasks related to our fundraisers and community events. You will be working closely with our Director of Events and Strategic Partnerships on Mutt Strut and Picasso Pets and will help other staff as needed.


  • Assist with publicity efforts (distributing posters, signage, etc.)
  • Solicit auction donations and prizes
  • Help with mailouts and thank you letters
  • Pick up donations and event supplies
  • Attend community events
  • Other assignments as needed


  • Senior in college or recent graduate
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Self-motivated and eager to learn
  • Ability to multitask
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Background in event planning and/or fundraising
  • Familiarity with nonprofits
  • Active volunteer in the community

This internship opportunity will be for January through April and requires availability up to 3 days a week.


Email your resume to Ashley Foster!

General Volunteer

Lend a paw... I mean hand!

Don’t want to assist therapy teams? That’s cool!

Becoming a general volunteer is an easy way to donate your time and energy to a great cause without going on therapy visits. Hand in Paw is in constant need of extra hands around the office and at events!


Volunteer Must-Haves

  • A strong desire to serve others in our community with your animal
  • The ability and desire to meet new people and make them feel comfortable
  • The capacity to work in partnership with other HIP teams and sites
  • Successfully pass a background check
  • Maintain timely communication with Hand in Paw staff
  • The ability to uphold the mission of Hand in Paw

Ready To Volunteer? Apply Now!