Young to old, there is always a need
Adult Program is open to anyone aged 16 years old or older. Volunteers 16-17 years old will need parental consent on their volunteer application.
Parent & Me Program is open to young people 8 to 15 years old and an accompanying parent or guardian. This youth/adult team goes through all training together and works together. The youth is not permitted to volunteer alone until they reach the age of 16.
*If you are a new volunteer and have not yet attended an Orientation Session, you are always welcome at Cat Depot to socialize with the cats in the meantime.
Volunteer Positions Available
Cat Socializer. Volunteers work directly with our adoptable cats to help increase or maintain "adoptability." Help reduce stress, offer enrichment, and aid in training.
Cat Care Giver. Volunteers may perform a wide variety of tasks, such as cleaning cat cages and litterboxes, dishwashing, and laundry chores. We do not allow volunteers to handle medication. Only specially trained volunteers are allowed to feed the cats. You must be 18 years or older to participate in this type of work.
Administrative/Data Entry. Volunteers with administrative skills may assist with a variety of administrative duties or projects.
Offsite-Adoptions/Tabling. Volunteers also have opportunities to help at offsite adoption and outreach events. Educational materials will be provided by Cat Depot. Any additional display items or handout material must be approved prior to event.
Fostering. A select number of volunteers are needed on a periodic basis for fostering baby kittens in need of bottle care, cats that may need time away from the center, or cats that need love and care while their military parents are deployed. For information on Fostering and Foster Training Classes, click here.
Teen Fostering. A new teen program promotes lifesaving foster care for bottle kittens, moms with kittens, weaned kittens,
and cats who need loving one-on-one care. Teens can choose a foster duration of three to eight weeks while earning community credit for school. Teens will learn a variety of skills, from safe handling, neonatal care, daily feeding, and health monitoring and tracking. A great opportunity for young adults to become involved and make a positive difference in our community and a lifesaving difference to the animals in their care.
Adoption Assistants. Working side-by-side with our adoption team to find homes for our very deserving felines.
Committee Member/Events/Fundraising. You may wish to join committees for fundraising events and participate in the preparing and planning, as well as volunteering the day of the event. Committees include fundraising, grant writing, food bank, coin bank, and other monthly or annual projects.
Education. Classroom educators, training assistants, camp counselors, and program development are just a few areas where volunteers can be used. Training is always available.
Front Desk Ambassadors. Serve as the first point of contact to Cat Depot visitors. Also, answer telephones and facilitate retail sales.
Lobby Greeters. Help welcome visitors to Cat Depot. Weekend volunteers needed.
Volunteer Assistant. This volunteer will be tech and computer savvy, works well with other volunteers and staff, reliable, and professional. If you are interested in gaining experience in volunteer management or just want to put
your skills to good use, this is the position for you!
Retail Assistant. Help with sales and merchandising in our retail Outlet Store.
Transporter. Volunteers with reliable transportation may assist in transporting cats and kittens to and from Cat Depot.
Media. Professional and amateur photographers and videographers are welcomed to use their talents to capture our cats in print and on film to be used for marketing and other promotions.
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 wish list
- 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 us at 941-366-2404 for approval and to begin the process.