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Cat Care Volunteer

Cat Care volunteers are people who look forward to being covered in cat hair, greeted by tiny meows, and working with cats that need a little something extra. Cats enrich volunteers’ lives and they learn something new with every individual they get to work with. Volunteers are not only cat people, but excited about working with and speaking to the public about their favorite animals.

Position Summary

Cat Care volunteers assist staff in providing care and enrichment to shelter cats and kittens. Regular day-to-day duties include ensuring living environments remain safe, clean, and as comfortable as possible. Comfortable environments include not only blankets, toys, and other objects but providing enrichment and tools that allow a cat to settle and relax.


  • Clean and disinfect enclosures, which are often soiled with urine and feces, with appropriate equipment and while following our sanitization protocol.

  • Provide enrichment according to enrichment or training plans.

  • Notify staff with any observations during an interaction with a cat.

  • Restock shelves & utility closets of supplies dedicated to the kennel areas.

  • Complete a variety of tasks to support shelter staff. Tasks may include but are not limited to cleaning cat room floors, washing and folding laundry, and washing dishes.


  • Able to meet the physical demands of this role, which require variable amounts of standing, walking, bending, reaching and stooping.

  • Must be safely able to use a stepladder or, to access linen storage and/or the tops of cat/bunny towers. 

  • Able to work both independently and as part of a team.

  • Ability to multitask and prioritize in a sometimes fast paced, high stress environment.

  • Ability to remain open-minded and understanding of decisions for euthanasia that consider the animal’s physical and emotional well-being and the safety of the community.

Current Needs


Cat Cuddler

Cat Cuddler's are primarily for our little volunteers, but the cat cuddler position is open to anyone who wants to cuddle and love on cats.


  • Give lots of love, cuddles and pets both in-kennel and out of kennel.

  • Play time! Use a variety of toys both in-kennel and out of kennel to engage cats in some good old fashion play.

  • Cuddle a cat in your lap and do some much needed brushings.

  • Remove empty food bowls and put in sink.

  • Let staff know if a cat is not acting right and may be sick.


  • Must love cats.

  • Be comfortable with handling cats. 

  • Understand that not every cat wants to be held.

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