Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Town Cats. At this time, you must be 18 to be a volunteer however, you can still make a difference in the lives of Town Cats.
The Town Cats Youth Volunteer Program is for students who need community service hours for school, scout groups, religious organizations, etc. OR for those under the age of 18 that want to help our cats. Volunteering is a wonderful way to learn, have fun and give back to your community. You can fulfill your school community service requirement by completing one of our community service projects. Your hard work will make a difference in the lives of the animals in our care!
Requirements to Join our Junior Volunteer Team
Fill out the Junior Volunteer Application Form signed by you and a parent/guardian. School personnel approval signature also required if you are seeking community service credit.
Junior Volunteer Projects
Two-Hour Cat Visits
Youth interested in helping Town Cats can sign-up to attend a two-hour animal socialization visit. There is training involved for this activity, so you must make a commitment to visit 4-5 times. Your help will provide the animals with the attention they need and the social skills that help them get adopted. While visiting with the animals, volunteers help with animal socialization (petting, exercising, and grooming), cleaning (scooping litter, etc.) and feeding. Socialization helps pets get adopted faster and provides needed attention. Sessions are scheduled on Saturday and Sunday mornings between 8am – 10am, you need to schedule at least 4 visits to qualify and get any credit. If you are interested in community service credit, this activity is the equivalent to 2 hours per visit with a minimum of 8 hours required. To sign up, please email our Volunteer Coordinator after filling out an application form. We will send you a list of available dates.
Winter Shelter Workshop
Attend a workshop to construct cat shelters for Outdoor Cats. Once there are enough people signed up, we will schedule a Shelter Building workshop. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator if interested. If you are interested in community service credit, this activity is the equivalent to 3-4 hours depending on workshop time.
Helping From Home
Youth interested in doing volunteer work from home can help in the following ways:
- A Do-It-Yourself fundraising drive – organize a personal fundraising campaign and donate money to Town Cats. As a nonprofit organization, Town Cats is able to care for thousands of animals each year thanks to the kind donations from people just like you. You can help by organizing a fundraiser such as a bake sale, hosting a movie night for animals by inviting friends and family to a movie night at your home with an “admission fee” to be donated to Town Cats, car wash, have a yard sale, and any other ideas you may have. If you are interested in community service credit, this activity is the equivalent to 5 or more hours, depending on activity. Contact Volunteer Coordinator for Do-It-Yourself fundraising drive Registration Packet.
- Donation Drive – Organize a donation drive and donate the collected supplies to Town Cats. Contact Volunteer Coordinator for list of needed supplies and Donation Drive Registration Packet. We always need gift cards to Petco, Walmart, Staples, etc.
- Ask for donations to Town Cats in lieu of gifts for your next birthday or event. Donate your day by asking for donations to help Town Cats animals instead of presents for your birthday or other event.
- Become a foster family – While you must be 18 or older to sign up for fostering at Town Cats, becoming a foster family is fun for all ages! Foster families provide a temporary home for kittens and cats in need. These families provide food and care to homeless animals by providing safe temporary homes. Learn more about foster care and get started today by visiting our foster job description.
- Craft –
- Make catnip or stuffed toys for the cats. We have crochet patterns, knitting patterns and sewing patterns. Contact Volunteer Coordinator for pattern ideas. You are responsible for the purchase of any supplies needed. If you are interested in community service credit, this activity is the equivalent to 3 hours.
- Make No Sew Cat Blankets. Contact Volunteer Coordinator for easy-to-follow instruction sheet. You are responsible for the purchase of the fleece material and any supplies. If you are interested in community service credit, this activity is the equivalent of 1 hour for each blanket made – up to 10 blankets.
Be a Town Cats Advocate!
- Always adopt/rescue your pets!
- Get all cats and dogs spayed or neutered.
- Make sure all animals get proper food, water and exercise.
- Visit the vet regularly for an examination.
Our Volunteer Coordinator will be happy to help you get started. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that Town Cats does not have a program for court-ordered community service.