How To Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Paws Patrol/Pet Partners (R) Animal Therapy Team!

Paws Patrol is a Non-Profit 501(c)3, Community Partner of Pet Partners (R) visiting more than 20 monthly visits within Albany, Americus, Leesburg, Beuna Vista, Cuthbert and Tifton.  Our registered teams provide animal assisted therapy and animal assisted activities locally, to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and their other facilities, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, the physically and developmentally disabled, Alzheimer Day Care, Hospice, reading programs at schools and libraries, we have taught Humane Education and Compassion at the Lee County Transitional Learning Center and want to expand our program throughout SWGA.

Please call or email Cheryl Cohen for more information and a chance to meet us.

We will encourage you to join us at one of our visits (without your pet) to meet us and see what we do. We try to get together on occasion for our "Paws Patrol Flash Mob" at a local restaurant on the patio with our registered Pet Partners (R) Therapy Animals for snacks and relaxation. The pups love to order sweet 'tater' fries.

You can take the online course or the one day Handler's Training Workshop (R) for the human end of the leash only. Our Licensed Pet Partners Instructor is Cheryl Cohen 260-409-0169 cell or email

To take the Pet Partners (R) Handler's Workshop in person or online:

Step 1: Create an Account

If you plan on taking the in-person workshop or the online workshop, you need to register with Pet Partners (R) first on the following site: the link and it will open in a new tab/window. You will be able to refer back to this page as you go through the registration process.). If you have not yet created an online account with Pet Partners, you will need to do that first.

Step 2: In-Person Workshop Registration

1. Log in to Pet Partners' Volunteer Center.

2. Click on "Training Center" on the right side of the screen.

3. Next, click "Register" near the top of the screen.

4. Then click "By Location" on the left side of the screen.

5. Scroll down to Georgia and select the workshop that says "Albany" by clicking on the little green circle with the plus sign in the center. The workshop will now be added you your cart.

6. If you would also like to register for the evaluation at the same time, you may add the evaluation to your cart as well.

7. When you have selected the items you need click "Checkout."

NOTE: You do not pay for your workshop or evaluation at this time.

Step 3: In-Person Workshop Payment

You pay for your workshop the day of the workshop, and the cost is for the "Handler's Workbook" only.

Your Evaluation will be scheduled after completing the Pet Partner's Workshop, and when you feel that you and your animal are ready.

Our team evaluators are Cheryl Cohen and Beverly Nichols. For information on the workshop, check the news and events page, or contact any of the following.

  • Cheryl Cohen 260.409.0169 cell or email
  • Beverly Nichols 229-449-1478 or email
Our Team Leader and media contact is Cheryl Cohen 260.409.0169 cell or email
If you need a pet to volunteer as your Pet Partner, go to our local shelters, or