Programs just for you!
Cat Depot's Pick Up Program
The Pick Up program is designed to acclimate our adoptable cats to being handled, touched and picked up. We are seeing progress, but more work is needed. This is a great volunteer program for teens!
Teen Camp Counselor
If you love animals and enjoy working with younger children, you may apply as a Teen Camp Counselor. You may assist for one week-long camp session and earn community service credit for your effort. Teen Camp Counselors help young campers with projects and assist the camp staff with our daily camp curriculum. Each Teen Camp Counselor works directly with a group of campers for the entire camp session. Positions are unpaid
Our camp counselor staff has been selected for the 2013 season. Please look for opportunities next year.
Shaylee's Service Project
Shaylee C. a student at St. Joseph School in Bradenton needed required community service hours for her school. Shaylee approached Cat Depot, and after an initial meeting, we were able to steer her into a meaningful and fun independent service project.
While at home, Shaylee made dozens of cat toys by simply braiding colorful fleece. Shaylee then visited Cat Depot and distributed the toys to each of our cat pods. Many of the cats immediately started playing with their new toys which provided them with much needed exercise and stimulation. This independent, at-home project allowed Shaylee to earn her hours while supporting the mission of Cat Depot. Thank you, Shaylee.
High School Student Volunteer Service Hours
- You must be 16 years of age or older to participate independently
- Depending on the activities you choose, additional training may be required
- Please complete the Adult Volunteer Application
- If you are under 18 years of age, you will need parental consent to volunteer
- Students needing to fulfill school service hours may volunteer for up to two hours per shift in our facility.
- Students may elect to work on an independent community service project to gain service hours.
Service Learning Projects
Are you a high school student needing service hours? Do you want to help needy cats through a service learning project? There are many ways for teens, scouts and student classes to make a difference for the animals.
All projects must be approved by the volunteer coordinator prior to the start date and are completed from home. Here are some suggested ideas for completing a community service project to fulfill your school’s requirement:
- Organize a donation drive and collect items from Cat Depot's wishlist.
- Organize a small fund raising event, bake sale, car wash, etc. and use the funds to donate to Cat Depot - OR - You can use your funds earned to buy needed items for the shelter animals from our gift shop
- Provide foster care for Cat Depot cats or kittens
- Make home-made cat toys
- Create a 1-minute video of cats having fun in our center
- Or come up with your idea!
Please contact Corey, Volunteer and Education Manager, for approval and to begin the process, or call 941.366-2404.