SAN ANGELO, Texas (Concho Valley Homepage) — Even though Concho Valley PAWS’ Clear the Shelters event is winding down at the end of August, the need for help remains year-round. Here’s how you can lend a helping paw to San Angelo’s furry friends and shelter workers.

CVPAWS runs several programs designed to help animals staying in its shelters, and PAWS Pals is one of its most crucial. As its name suggests, PAWS Pals pairs volunteers with shelter pets so that the animals can get the attention and care they need.

Volunteers in the program are assigned to a shelter pet and asked to give one hour of their week to play with it. Pets can be played with at the shelter or taken off-site to pet stores and dog parks while in the custody of the volunteer.

While certainly helpful for a person’s overall well-being — the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that simply walking a pet can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels while also managing loneliness and depression — the shelter pet also greatly benefits from this by being, quite literally, paid in exposure.

When a shelter pet spends time with volunteers in the PAWS Pals program, be it through on-site playtime or outings to local pet hotspots, the pet gets the chance to learn how to function around humans and other pets while also experiencing new environments. Additionally, they may also be exposed to people who may be interested in adopting, giving every shelter pet a better chance at finding their fur-ever homes.

So, are you willing to volunteer? If so, visit CVPAWS’ PAWS Pals webpage to apply to become a pal. Be sure to also check out CVPAWS’ volunteer handbook or email for more information about the shelter’s many volunteer opportunities.

About Clear the Shelters

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NBCUniversal Local’s nationwide pet adoption and donation campaign, is returning in 2023 for its ninth consecutive year from Aug. 1 to 31. As part of the initiative, NBC and Telemundo owned and affiliated stations across the U.S. and Puerto Rico are once again partnering with local animal shelters and rescues to promote pet adoption and raise funds for animal welfare.

The San Angelo Animal Shelter, in conjunction with Concho Valley PAWS, is offering free pet adoptions on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the month of August 2023. This FREE adoption event is sponsored by KSAN-TV, Tri Star Fleet sales and service, Custom Curb LLC, Invisible Fence Brand and Concho Valley PAWS.

Clear The Shelters™ pet adoption campaign was inspired by a 2014 North Texas pet adoption event hosted by NBC 5 / KXAS and Telemundo 39 / KXTX and dozens of area shelters that resulted in the most adopted pets in one day for North Texas. Clear The Shelters™ / Desocupar Los Albergues® is not a 501(c)(3) organization.