PAWS of CNY, Inc. welcomes all domesticated dogs and cats that meet our eligibility requirements and evaluation criteria. If you are interested in becoming a PAWS of CNY certified volunteer team with your pet, you will need to complete the following steps:
1. Application – Please complete a volunteer application and return it along with the required health and vaccine records for your pet to PAWS of CNY. We will review your application and if you and your pet meet our initial requirements, we will contact you to begin the certification process.
2. Certification – The certification process includes both an initial evaluation and a facility evaluation:
Initial evaluation – You and your pet must pass an initial evaluation test for our certified evaluators. Each pet that passes the certification process will be charged a $100 certification fee which will be due at the time the dog passes the initial evaluation. For pets that continue in the program long-term, every two years, when the pet successfully passes the required re-certification, an additional $100 fee will be required.
If you pass the initial evaluation you must attend the next monthly New Volunteer Orientation meeting in which you and other evaluated volunteers will meet with a member of the Board of Directors to learn more about the requirements and expectations of our volunteers.
Facility evaluation – At the New Volunteer Orientation meeting you will be assigned to a nursing home or assisted living facility in which you will complete the facility evaluation process over a series of three months. If you and your pet pass the facility evaluation you will have passed the complete certification process and will receive a PAWS of CNY certificate and a bandanna for your pet to wear at facility visits and events moving forward.
Training – If your pet does not pass the initial evaluation or the facility evaluation, or if you feel that your pet could benefit from some basic obedience training in order to prepare for the initial evaluation, PAWS of CNY offers training classes to help you and your pet complete the certification process.