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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.  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