Volunteering with Hand in Paw


Thank you for thinking of giving your time to Hand in Paw and the many we serve in the community! Hand in Paw is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. Over180 professionally-trained volunteers help improve people’s day to day lives at numerous facilities throughout Central Alabama. Our volunteers are the backbone of the organization and their dedication is unsurpassed. A Hand in Paw volunteer strives to help fulfill our mission to improve human health and well-being through Animal-Assisted Therapy.


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There are several ways to volunteer:

  1. Become a Handler: provide animal assisted therapy interactions with your animal
  2. Serve as a Visit Assistant and Ambassador : accompany a HIP handler on visits and represent HIP at community events
  3. Assist HIP using your unique gifts as a General Volunteer: as a nonprofit, we welcome your skills with administrative tasks and general support. Hand in Paw also holds fun events and we could use your help with planning and making them fun and successful. Sign up to help in this way here too!  

Please select from the gold buttons above for more information about our volunteer process. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Volunteer Department Supervisor, Catherine Gregory, at catherine@handinpaw.org.


Thank you, and we hope to see you soon!

Please note that Hand in Paw does not train service animals, for a guide of different service organizations, please click here.