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General Description of Volunteer Positions

 
Almost anything you can and want to do can help the cats!
There are many ways to volunteer and no job is too small. General descriptions of the more common volunteer positions noted below are either with an existing group or organization or may be an individual endeavor.

A number of them require training and a certain time commitment. Training requirements can be waived based upon previous experience. When necessary, the CRC will provide training at no cost.

 
Primary Volunteer Opportunties:
 
  Secondary Volunteer Opportunties
 
   
Hot Jobs/Help Needed Now!
Colony Management:
 -Feral Cat Feeder
 -Colony Manager
 -Substitute Feeder
 
Transportation:
 -TNR Cat Transport
 -General Transport
 -Cargo Transport
 
Feral Cat Trapping:
 -Trapping
 -Pre/Post Surgery Care
 -Community Coordination
 -Mitigation
 
Fostering Adults/Kittens
 -Basic Foster Home
 -Special Needs Foster
 
Pet Adoption Fairs:
 -Manage or Assist a Fair
 -Adoption Counselor
 
General:
 -Answering Questions
 -Education
 -Training
  Public Relations:/  -Adoption Promotions
 -Communications
 -Creative Writing
 -Media Relations
 -Public Interface Assistance
 
General Administration
 -Data Entry
 -Graphic Design
 -Photographer
 -Volunteer & Donations Coordinator
 -Web Design / Maintenance
 
Fund Raising
 -Campaign/Event Manager
 -Event Planner/Helper
 -Grant Writer
 
Special Projects and Lots More
 -Shelter Assistance (cleaning & socialization)
 -Behavior Advisor
 -General Labor / Help
 -Provide Storage Space
 -Legal Advice
 -Sewing, knitting, crocheting
 -Groomer
 -Carpentry / Construction
 -Vet Service
 -Vet Tech Assistance
 -Special Events (both)
    Do you have a few hours now and then to drive cats or supplies? Drivers needed - Click here!  
 
Do you have a little extra space in your garage? Would you be willing to house cats overnight? Help TNR! - Click here!  
 
Do you have love to spare and a couple of free hours each day? Foster kittens need you! - Click here!
 

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Please see below for more detailed descriptions of volunteer opportunities:
 
 
 
Colony Feeding and Management includes all activities associated with maintaining the health and well-being of free-roaming cat groups in their current home.
Feral Cat Feeder/ Colony Manager
Time Commitment: One hour daily, every day, for the life of the colony.
Equipment Required: Transport to site, food and water bowls (if not already on-site), water jug, dry cat food.
Training Required: Short course on free-roaming cats (30 minutes).
  • Feed a group of feral cats daily
  • Monitor the number of cats and ensure that all are spayed/neutered
  • Assist in TNR efforts when needed by putting up flyers, contacting other feeders, etc.
  •           Substitute Feral Cat Feeder
    Time Commitment: One hour daily, every day, for a specified period (usually about a week, though it could be a single day).
    Equipment Required: Transport to site, food and water bowls (if not already on-site), water jug, dry cat food.
    Training Required: Short course on free-roaming cats (30 minutes).
  • Feed a group of feral cats daily when colony feeder is unavailable (on vacation, medical leave, etc.).

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    Transportation is needed for a wide variety of activities: taking cats to the vet/neutering appointments, moving traps and kennels, delivering or picking up food and other donations and a lot more.
    TNR Cat Transportation
    Time Commitment: Flexible, but usually needed in morning or afternoon.
    Equipment Required: Vehicle capable of holding one or more standard traps.
    Training Required:Basic cat safety (1/2 hour).
  • Morning drop-off time at vet normally between 7:00 and 9:00 am.
  • Afternoon pick-up time at vet normally between 3:00 and 5:00 pm.
  • Flexible times for transporting to/from holding locations (normally residential homes) to living area before and after surgery.
  • Driving time will depend on the locations of vet and where the cat is being temporarily housed. However, most trips will be under an hour.
  • Must have valid driver license and insurance for vehicle.
  •           General Transportation
    Time Commitment: Usually flexible, depending on situation.
    Equipment Required: Vehicle capable of holding light cargo.
    Training Required: If transporting cats: Basic cat safety (1/2 hour)
  • Pick-up/deliver donations of food, crates, carriers, litter, linen and other cat supplies.
  • Pick-up/deliver other donations/items including office equipment and supplies, flyers, and other non-cat things.
  • Pick-up/deliver medicines (must be over 21 yrs old).
  • Driving time will depend on the locations. Most trips will be local and under an hour, though longer trips are occasionally needed.
  • Must have valid driver license and insurance for vehicle.
  • Large/Heavy Cargo Transportation
    Time Commitment: Flexible, only needed occasionally.
    Equipment Required: Vehicle capable of holding large/heavy items such as pallets of food, large pens/shelters, cat furniture, tables and booths for events, etc.
    Training Required: None.
  • Driving time will depend on the locations. Most trips will be local and under an hour, though longer trips are occasionally needed.
  • Must have valid driver license and insurance for vehicle.
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    TNR (Trap - Neuter - Return) includes all activities (except transport, which is covered above) associated with trapping free-roaming cats, getting them to the vet for neutering, and returning them to their original location after a recovery period.
    Trapping
    Time Commitment: Flexible, but usually in early morning or evening.
    Equipment Required: Gloves, long-sleeve shirt and long pants.
    Training Required: Basic cat safety (1/2 hour) plus Trapping (1/2 hour).
  • Most trapping occurs during cat feeding times, normally around sunrise and/or sunset.
  • Trapping locations vary widely, and can include rural areas, residential neighborhoods and office complexes among others.
  • Traps (either standard or drop-traps) and other supplies will be provided as needed.
  • Depending on situation, may be done alone or with others.
  •           Community Coordination
    Time Commitment: Flexible.
    Equipment Required: None.
    Training Required: Short course on free-roaming cats (30 minutes).
  • Distribute flyers and information material to residents near the TNR site.
  • Coordinate with exiting colony managers/feeders in the TNR area, including face-to-face and putting up signs at feeding stations.
  • Interface with large entities (such as apartment complexes) that could affect or be affected by the TNR project.
  • Pre- and Post-Surgery Care and Housing
    Time Commitment:  Usually overnight before surgery; after surgery can range between one and three days if no complications, otherwise time will depend on circumstances.
    Equipment Required: Quiet protected space indoors large enough to hold one or more traps, newspaper, cat food, water.
    Training Required: Basic cat safety (1/2 hour) plus Illness in cats (30 minutes).
  • Hold cats in a garage or other calm and quiet protected area between the time they are trapped and then they see the vet, as well as for the recovery period after surgery.
  • The cats will remain in the traps for the duration of their stay in the temporary shelter.
  • Clean holding area and change newspaper at least once a day, plus provide food and water at least twice a day.
  • Check for signs of illness or complications from the surgery, and provide medicines if needed.
  • Cats in temporary holding are not socialized or interacted with beyond what is necessary to maintin health and cleanliness.
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    Fostering is most often raising and socializing kittens, but can also include medical recuperation for adults.
    Basic Foster Home (Kittens or Adults)
    Time Commitment: Kittens: 14+ hours per week, often 4+ consecutive weeks; Adults: Time varies.
    Equipment Required: Small room or pen, food/water dishes, toys, letter box, supplies.
    Training Required: Basic cat safety and handling (1 hour) plus Fostering (1 hour)
  • Space to keep a cat or litter of kittens completely separate from your pets. The space can be a kennel (usually a rescue group can loan you one) or a small bedroom/bathroom/office where the door can be kept shut.
  • Time to feed. Kittens require AT LEAST twice a day feeding. If you foster very young kittens, they require bottle feeding every 4 hours, day and night. You must be sure that each kitten eats each day. Not eating is a very serious sign of illness. Persistent vomiting is also a warning sign.
  • Time to clean. Kittens required AT LEAST twice a day cleaning. A litter of kittens will be messy, and you may have to wipe their paws, face, rear in addition to cleaning their box and play areas. The litter box contents must also be monitored for signs of diarrhea, loose stools, and worms.
  • Time, at least 20 minutes each day, to spend playing with the cat/kittens.
  • Willingness to learn basic kitten care guidelines so they remain healthy and do not develop bad habits.
  • Transportation ability. Depending on the group you are working with, the kittens will need to see a vet for shots, dewormer, spay/neuter, colds, etc. You may also need to drive the kittens to adoption fairs on weekends. There may be some assistance available for transportation so please ask.
  •           Special Needs Foster Home (Kittens or Adults)
    Time Commitment: Time varies depending on circumstances, can be 12+ weeks.
    Equipment Required: Small room or pen, food/water dishes, toys, letter box, supplies.
    Training Required: Basic cat safety and handling (1 hour) plus Fostering (1 hour). Potential additional training required depending on circumstances.
  • Same as for General Fostering PLUS one or more of the following, depending on circumstances:
  • Ability to handle older, non-social kittens. These are usually hissy and may be scratch and bite if you try to pick them up. They require more time for socialization each day in order to make them friendly for adoption as house cats.
  • Ability to administer medication. There are various types of medication that kittens may need such as liquid, tablets, eye ointment. As you may have heard, pilling a cat or kitten is not for the timid.
  • Willingness and knowledge to train cats with moderate or greater behavior, confidence, or other issues. Training will be provided as necessary, though some situations will require direct previous experience.

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    Publicity/Media Relations, Photography, Newsletters, Donation Development, Volunteer and Training Management, Public Education, Web Design/Maintenance, Data Entry.
    Public Interface Assistance
    Time Commitment: 4+ hours per week, every week.
    Equipment Required: Depends on task, phone and/or computer with internet access.
    Training Required: Depends on task.
  • Answer phones.
  • Return calls.
  • Reply and/or forward emails.
  • Follow-up on adoptions.
  •           Adoption Promotions
    Time Commitment: 2 hours per week, every week.
    Equipment Required: Depends on task.
    Training Required: None.
  • Adoption Flyer design.
  • Flyer distribution.
  • Communications
    Time Commitment: Varies.
    Equipment Required: Depends on task, computer with internet access.
    Training Required: None.
  • Develop content for newsletters.
  • Mail (email or USPS) newsletters.
  • Create/develop web page content and items of interest.
  •           Creative Writing
    Time Commitment: 2-4 hours per week, every week.
    Equipment Required: Depends on task.
    Training Required: None.
  • Write attention-getting descriptions of cats/kittens for publication on web sites.
  • Write thank you notes.
  • Newletter/web site articles.
  • Happy adoption/TNR success stories.
  • Data Entry
    Time Commitment: 4 hours per week, every week.
    Equipment Required: Computer with internet access and appropriate software.
    Training Required: None.
  • Enter data, maintain and run reports for administrative databases (donors, cats/kittens, financial, volunteer, adopters, donors, etc.)
  • Most jobs will be under the direction of an organization, which may or may not require you to become one of their volunteers.
  • Some jobs may require that you work on-site at the host location.
  •           Media Relations
    Time Commitment: 2 hours per week, every week.
    Equipment Required: Depends on task.
    Training Required: None.
  • Generate and send out press releases.
  • Maintain contact with various media outlets to promote cat issues.
  • Photographer
    Time Commitment: Varies, could be up to 4 hours per week, every week.
    Equipment Required: Camera and ability to deliver digital and/or print images.
    Training Required: Basic cat safety and handling (1 hour), if working with cats.
  • Take photographs of cats/kittens for adoption materials, web sites and promotional flyers.
  • Take photographs of free-roaming cats to document colony member and their TNR status.
  • Take photographs of events and projects for various purposes.
  • Most jobs will require that you work on-site at the host location.
  •           Volunteer / Donation Coordinator
    Time Commitment:  2-4 hours per week, every week.
    Equipment Required: Depends on task.
    Training Required: None.
  • Schedule volunteers for fund-raisers, events, fairs, shelter time, etc.
  • Coordinate donations of food, supplies, and other tangible donations.
  • Some jobs may require that you become a member of the organization you are working with.
  • Web Design/Maintenance
    Time Commitment: Varies, could be up to 4 hours per week.
    Equipment Required: Computer and appropriate software.
    Training Required: Language/database depending on circumstances.
  • Design web pages and databases for new or existing web sites.
  • Make recommendations on hosting options and other technical issues.
  •           Graphics Design
    Time Commitment: Flexible.
    Equipment Required: Computer and software.
    Training Required: Design training or experience.
  • Design flyers, logos, brochures and other promotional materials.
  • Provide graphics for web sites and other electronic media.
  • Create graphics for training manuals and other educational materials.

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    Answering questions from the public on cat topics, as well as training volunteers and providing education to the public.
    Answer Questions From the Public
    Time Commitment: 2-4 hours per week, every week.
    Equipment Required: Computer with internet access and email.
    Training Required: Requires direct cat experience, though some "on-the-job-training" is possible.
  • Answer questions from the public on cat-specific issues, either through the CRC or another organization.
  • Coordinate with other organizations and CRC members to assist in solving problem situations.
  • Manage request issues sent to the CRC to insure they are handled.
  •           Education/Training
    Time Commitment: Time varies depending on circumstances, can be 2 hours per week.
    Equipment Required: None.
    Training Required: Varies depending on specific situation and experience.
  • Train CRC and other volunteers on TNR, as well as general cat handling and welfare.
  • Educate the public on TNR procedures and successes though seminars as well as one-on-one meetings.
  • Develop training manuals and materials.

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    Running or assisting in a public adoption fair.
    Manage or Assist a Fair
    Time Commitment: 4-8 hours per fair, periodically.
    Equipment Required: None.
    Training Required: Basic cat safety and handling (1 hour), plus direct experience or additional "on-the-job-training" as necessary.
  • Fairs may be regularly scheduled (e.g., at this location every Saturday), or single special events.
  • Clean, set-up and take-down kennels for the cats as well as other fair decorations.
  • Interact with potential adopters, and help them make a match to provide a forever home.
  • Fair managers are additionally responsible for scheduling volunteers and cats for each fair, coordinating with facilities, and insuring that supplies and equipment are on-hand.
  • Most fairs require that you be associated with the sponsoring organization.
  •           Adoption Counselor
    Time Commitment: Same as event requirement.
    Equipment Required: None.
    Training Required: Cat behavior, handling, and health issues (1 hour), counseling and public interaction (2 hours) plus substantial direct cat experience.
  • Use your experience and training to insure that adoption matches are "good fits" for both the cat as well as adopters.
  • Provide relevant information to the new adopters on issues of cat behavior and health, including vaccinations and interactions with existing pets and human family members.
  • Perform administrative tasks/paperwork as required by the sponsoring organization, including the collection of money.

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    Raising money for the CRC or Other Cat Welfare Organizations.
    Campaign/Event Manager
    Time Commitment: Flexible 2+ hours per week.
    Equipment Required: None.
    Training Required: Requires experience in marketing campaigns.
  • Develop and manage all aspects of a fundraising project, either a special event or a longer term campaign.
  • Produce a project plan, budget and marketing-oriented materials.
  • Coordinate with event planners and other agencies or organizations as necessary.
  • Manage publicity.
  •           Event Planner
    Time Commitment: Flexible, but intensive in the weeks before the event.
    Equipment Required: None.
    Training Required: None, though prior experience is helpful.
  • Coordinate for the event venue, and arrange for all necessary staff, acts/entertainment, equipment and supplies.
  • Insure that all necessary permits are obtained.
  • Arrange for tear-down at the end of the event.
  • Provide on-site direct management if required.
  • Event Helper
    Time Commitment: 4+ hours on the day of the event.
    Equipment Required: None.
    Training Required: None.
  • Help out by providing direct labor for the set-up, execution, and tear-down of an event.
  • Design artwork, posters, flyers, and other materials to publicize the event.
  • Create decorations, centerpieces, and other items for use at the event.
  •           Grant Writer
    Time Commitment: Flexible.
    Equipment Required: Computer.
    Training Required: None, though prior experience is helpful.
  • Write grant proposals for submission to funding organizations.
  • Grant proposals may cover a wide variety of topics.

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    Many Other Opportunities.   Time Commitment and Training Depend on Task.
  • Shelter cleaning and cat socialization (at an established multi-cat facility.
  • Behavior advisor (work with troubled cat caregivers to resolve behavior issues).
  • Sewing, knitting, crocheting (make cat toys, beds, collars and gifts)
  • Groomer (remove mats, excessive fur. Experience required)
  • Veterinary (free or reduced cost TNR spay/neuter and/or low-income family support)
  • Carpentry/Construction (build cat imprint pens and enclosures, advise homeowners of fencing to keep cats in/out, construct cat trees and scratchers for fundraising and shelter use)
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  • Language translation (brochures, signs, web pages, etc.).
  • Feral Cat Advocate. (Meet with corporate, public, government, and media groups to advocate for feral cats)
  • Provide short/long term storage space (food, supplies, crates, posts and other items)
  • Legal advice (pro bono work for low-income people with cat issues)
  • Vet tech (train volunteers to administer cat medications, advise on call illnesses)
  • TELL US WHAT YOU'D LIKE TO DO! (things come up all the time)

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