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


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 & Programs Coordinator, Stacey Roudebush, at stacey@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.