You Can Help Make a Difference!
Volunteers are crucial to our organization since we have no paid employees. Giving just a few hours a month can help us continue to achieve our goal of ending the needless euthanasia of companion animals in our community.
There are a variety of ways you can help.
- Volunteering at our adoption center or at the valley PetSmart
- Fostering pets in your home
- Organizing or assisting with fundraising events
- Grant writing
- Newsletter writing/editing
- Pet supply drives
Volunteering at our adoption center is our most popular way to volunteer. Tasks include cleaning, caring for and socializing cats, and talking with potential adopters about cats that may fit their family. So many of the pets we rescue have come from uncertain and unsafe environments. Many of them have been picked up as strays or abandoned by their owners. Regardless of their previous lives, their transformation into our program is a change that can sometimes be traumatic. Your willingness to spend time with a cat, giving nothing more than a caress and a reassuring voice, can help that animal start to trust people again. That trust and comfort around people is an integral part of helping the pet find a new, loving home.
Volunteers must be at least 12 years old and must make at least a 3 month commitment. If volunteers are under 16 years old, they must volunteer with a parent or guardian. If you’re interested in volunteering, please download our volunteer application. You can either email your completed form to us, or you can bring it with you to our volunteer orientation.
Volunteer orientation takes place on the 1st Monday of every month at 5:30pm at our adoption center on Argonne & Trent. No advanced reservations are required. If you haven’t already submitted your application to us, please bring it with you. We’ll tell you all about what our volunteers do, our health and safety requirements, and cleaning and adoption procedures. You’ll also be able to ask questions. At the end of orientation, we’ll find out what schedule you’re interested in (i.e.once a week, twice a month, etc.) and get you scheduled starting the following month. Or, if you’re not interested in working at either of our adoption locations, you can find out what other tasks may fit your interests.
Fostering pets is challenging, yet very rewarding work! Foster homes are responsible for choosing (or having their foster home coordinator choose) pets to foster, scheduling and transporting to and from vet appointments, ensuring that they are well-socialized and trained, and feeding and grooming while pets are in their care.
Please call us at (509) 893–9829 or email us if you’re interesting in becoming a cat foster home.