About Us

University of Rochester Peers for Animal Wellness and Safety (P.A.W.S.) serves to connect the University of Rochester undergraduate students with animal service organizations in Monroe County. Students will gain experience working to help animals. Students will be exposed to animal-related professions, including those related to zoo, veterinary, animal handling, and animal research.

Sticker Fundraiser

PAWS is having a sticker fundraiser! If anyone has designs they would like to submit send them in to uofranimals@gmail.com. Please make sure designs are appropriate and related to PAWS or animals in some way.

Drivers Needed

PAWS is currently working on scheduling regular volunteering trips to local shelters. In order to take as many people as possible we are asking if anyone is able and willing to help with transportation. We are in need of drivers who can provide their own car (GAS WILL BE REIMBURSED). Right now we aren't sure about specifics on dates/times for these volunteering trips but will have more information on that soon, so stay tuned. In the meantime, were simply asking that if you have a car and are able to drive it for a volunteer trip (if the trip were to fit in your schedule) that you respond to this email and lets us know!

Due to Covid restrictions, PAWS is currently unable to sponsor off campus volunteering trips.

Volunteering Resources:

  • Seneca Park Zoo: https://senecaparkzoo.org/get-involved/docents/
  • Pet Adoption Network: https://www.cityofrochester.gov/RASvolunteer/
  • Lollypop Farm: https://www.lollypop.org/get-involved/volunteer/
  • Rochester Hope for Pets: https://rochesterhopeforpets.org/volunteer/

Pre-Vet Resources

  • https://med.stanford.edu/compmed/Pre-Vet%20Society/path-to-veterinary-school/useful-pre-vet-links.html
  • https://www.navta.net/default.aspx
  • https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/careers/veterinary-school-admission-101
  • Therapy dogs
  • Volunteering at local shelters
  • Zoo Trips
  • Fundraisers and more

Get more involved by coming to events and meetings

Be sure to follow @ur.paws on instagram for updates on upcoming events

Email uofranimals@gmail.com with any questions!