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Youth Volunteering

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Danbury Animal Welfare Society. At this time, you must be 18 and have attended a Volunteer Orientation session in order to work with the animals. However, you can make a difference in the lives of the animals at DAWS in several ways:


Be a DAWS Animal Advocate



  • Adopt your pets, including hamsters and guinea pigs, etc.

  • Make sure all animals get proper food, water and exercise

  • Visit the vet yearly for an examination Spay/Neuter your pets

  • Properly ID all pets (ID tags and microchips)

  • Create a “disaster” kit for all your animals – the kit should include a current photo, a crate or carrier, extra leash, and a few days’ supply of food, and water

Raise money to Sponsor an Animal 


  • Sponsoring an Animal helps DAWS.  When you sponsor an animal, you will receive a sponsorship letter, a picture of the animal you have sponsored, and your name on the animals' bio on the DAWS website.  Please visit http://www.daws.org/animal-sponsorships to learn more.  

Be a DAWS Supporter



  • Start a donation drive around your neighborhood or at school to benefit DAWS. Please visit http://www.daws.org/wish-list for our wish list. If you are interested in community service credit, this activity is the equivalent to 5 hours. Please contact the Community Outreach Coordinator for Community Service Credit at daws@daws.org.

  • Ask for donations to DAWS in lieu of gifts for your next birthday.

  • Bake treats for the shelter animals or make catnip or treat stuffed toys they can play with.  If you are interested in community service credit, this activity is the equivalent to 3 hours. Please contact the Community Outreach Coordinator for Community Service Credit at daws@daws.org

  • Ask your school if you can start an animal advocacy and education club. If interested, please send an email to daws@daws.org.

  • Make No Sew Cat Blankets for the Cats at DAWS. If you are interested in community service credit, this activity is the equivalent of 1 hour for each blanket made up to 10 blankets. Please contact the Community Outreach Coordinator for Community Service Credit at daws@daws.org.

    • The Cats at DAWS LOVE to sleep on these blankets and at DAWS we have “Red” and “Blue” color-themed rooms for our cats, so any fleece blankets in hues of blue or red would be a wonderful cozy gift to make our cats feel more comfortable while they wait for their forever home at the shelter.

    • Download our easy-to-follow instruction sheet.
      or watch the video.

  • Construct Cat Houses for Outdoor Cats - ADULT SUPERVISION RECOMMENDED If you are interested in community service credit, this activity is the equivalent to 8 hours. Please contact the Community Outreach Coordinator for Community Service Credit at daws@daws.org.

Our Community Outreach Coordinator will be happy to help you get started. Please contact her at daws@daws.org