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Volunteers are the lifeblood of animal rescue. Can you set aside some time to help in the rescue process? There are many ways in which you might be of service. If you are interested, please fill out the volunteer application (.doc | .pdf) and return it to the shelter or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Volunteer opportunities are also listed on www.volunteermatch.org.
Adoption Counselor: During our open hours, Adoption Counselors are available to greet visitors, provide customer service, take adoption applications, discuss pet care, aid in the selection of the appropriate animal and complete the adoption process. Adoption Counselors may also do laundry, keep cages and common areas clean, and answer phone calls. Our shelter is a busy atmosphere and volunteers who wish to be Adoption Counselors should be good at organization and multi-tasking.
Foster Care: Underage kittens and puppies, sometimes with mothers, sometimes orphans, are placed in foster homes until ready for adoption. Animals that are ill or injured or have special needs are also fostered. They may require care for a day or for several weeks. A foster home must be able to provide a safe, warm place isolated from other pets. The animals need lots of human contact to help develop confidence and social skills and some may require medication. Foster person must keep MEOW appointments. In spring and summer, many additional foster homes are needed to care for the hundreds of litters of kittens we rescue each year.
Shelter Assistant: Each morning the shelter is cleaned thoroughly. Shelter Assistants help our staff wash floors, do laundry, clean cages, change bedding and litter as needed and give the cats their morning feeding. Qualified Shelter Assistants may also be asked to administer morning medications.
Kennel Attendants: Before closing each night Kennel Attendants inspect cages for any needed cleaning; changing bedding and litter as needed and giving cats their evening feeding. Qualified Kennel Attendants may also be asked to administer evening medications. Kennel Attendants are on hand to help maintain the cleanliness of the shelter for the public, assist with the care of the cats, and help to ensure that the shelter is tidy and the cats are comfortable at closing time.
MEOW Buddy: This volunteer position interacts with the cats at the shelter on a one-on-one basis. At least once each week, the MEOW Buddy visits their assigned cat in a private room. This interaction relieves potential boredom and satisfies the cats’ needs for playing and affection. This is an opportunity to provide cats with much needed socialization. You may also be asked to contribute information to help personalize the cat’s personality profile write-up, which is so important in helping the cats be adopted into the appropriate home.
Offsite Event Volunteers: Weekend work involving transport, booth set-up and take-down at community outreach and adoption events. During events volunteers may exhibit cats, speak with the public and promote animal rescue. There may be opportunities at area schools, clubs and organizations, as they sometimes ask us to talk with them about pet care or animal rescue. Consistent schedule not required.
Special Events Volunteers/Committees: Volunteers are needed to help with events such as: our annual auction and holiday craft bazaar & bake sale. Duties may include procuring items, volunteering at the event venue, making crafts for the bazaar or other tasks. Consistent schedule not required.
Trap-Neuter-Release Assistant: As a volunteer, you may respond to requests for trapping feral or free-roaming cats or assist a more experienced TNR volunteer doing the same. Duties may include counseling the public, trap pickup & delivery, assessing trap sites, setting traps and arranging for monitoring, retrieving trapped cats, and cleaning traps. Position is on an as-needed basis as an assistant is not required to help with every trapping situation.
Petfinder Assistant: This position helps post available animals onto Petfinder website and removes them when adopted. The Petfinder posting includes a picture, personality profile and any special needs. This volunteer may also photograph animals. Consistent schedule not required.
Office Assistant: This position enters adoption info into databases, files, makes adoption packets, answers phones and returns phone calls, and other tasks. It requires use of your own laptop with wireless adapter at shelter. Consistent schedule not required.
How Teens Can Help: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old to help at the shelter. But there is so much more that young cat lovers can still do to help us out. For a list of fun things you and your family can do to help MEOW out, check out Teen Opportunities.
Other: There may be other ways you'd like to help out. Tell us what you're good at and how you'd like to use your talent.