No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.
Volunteers are needed in the afternoon and/or evening hours to
present cats avaialble for adoption to the public. This involves
greeting a client, explaining the adoption process & application,
and presenting the foster cats available for adoption. Adoptions
would be completed by an adoption councilor and are conducted at
Habitat's Store Front Adoption office. A committment of 2-3 hours,
once a week or every other week is desired.
Care Taker at Habitat's Post-Care Facility
Volunteer(s) are needed, both in the morning and evening to feed
cats, clean bedding & litter and help monitor a cat's behavior
and health. Habitat operates a facility, known as the PostCare Clinic,
where cats are temporaily housed when recoverying from spay/neuter
or other surgeries. A committment of 3-4 hours, once a week or every
other week is desired.
Adoption Follow-Up Phonecalls
Volunteer(s) is needed to make follow up phonecalls to adopters
to inquire about adopted kitty and check if there are any problems,
questions, etc. Volunteer will call from their own/home phone and
follow a questionaire and then log responses. Some basic training
on approach to speaking to adopter will be provided. Volunteer should
live in the local operating area (New Bedford, Dartmouth, Fall River,
etc). Some long distance calls will be reimbursed.
Habitat for Cats foster care program arose out of the need to shelter
the adoptable cats and kittens that are rescued from homeless or
abandoned situations.Private foster care provides the environment
to transition the stray cat from life outdoors and to socialize
young kittens that have never had human contact. Foster parents
are responsible to:
Provide daily water, feeding, grooming, and maintain a clean/sanitary
living area for the cat(s).
Provide the cat with emotional needs such as affection, petting,
playing, & exercise.
Prepare the pet for adoption and maintain medical records as per
Transport foster pets to veterinarian and adoption appointments.
Habitat for Cats provides all medical care and a reimbursement for
food and litter.
Foster parent should have a separate room in home to quaratine foster
cats from other pets. Caring for a foster cat or kitten is a very
rewarding and fun experience.
Our volunteers do so many different things but paperwork
is the last thing to get done. We need a few volunteers to do filing,
organizing, copying, mailing, etc. at the Adoption Center. This
is a wonderful opportunity for someone who likes the company of
cats but does not want to be involved in direct care. A committment
of 1 to 2 hours a week would help us to prepare for Adoption Days
and respond to mailings.
Habitat for Cats maintains a small feral cat sanctuary
located in Westport, Ma. Volunteers are needed to feed, clean up
feeding areas, clean a few litter boxes and observe cats and sanctuary
grounds for any problems. A committment of once a week or every
other week is requested (schedule is negotiated). A feeder is primarily
needed for late afternoon - dinner time. Volunteer should like the
outdoor wooded environment and not be shy about getting your shoes
dirty or a few bug bites. At feeding time, all the cats come out
of their resting places to greet you. Many like to follow you around
while the food bowls are filled. Join us and become a "Piped
Piper" of the Sanctuary.
on the Sanctuary link for more information
Fundraising and Tabling
are needed to organize fundraising events and activities and to
participate in "tabling".
involves planning, organizing and implementing events such as spaghetti
suppers, bake sales, yard sales. raffles, cocktail party, dances,
etc. Fundraising also involves ideas for marketing merchandise and
gift items. We always need new ideas and new talent.
Tabling is aimed at promoting the organization and soliciting new
names to add to Habitat's mailing list. Tabling is usually done
at grocery stores, festivals, pet stores,
etc. At these events, volunteers provide information about Habitat's
adoption and TNR programs, educate the public on cat care and proper
cat ownership, feral colony management, etc.
is also a method used to recruit new volunteers and appeal for donations.
Grant and Proposal Development
A volunteer is needed to do research on available
grants and awards applicable to Habitat for Cats programs. Access
to a computer and email is necessary. Volunteer should be able to
co-ordinate information for grants, develop and organize information
and grant application package. Sample grants are available and volunteer
would be working with other members of the organization.
Habitat for Cats Volunteer Handbook
Habitat for Cats operates totally by volunteers; there are no paid
employees. Volunteers are regarded as a valuable resource to this
organization, its staff, and its clients, which includes cats, as
well as people. The Volunteer Handbook describes Habitat's policies
regarding volunteers and provides overall guidance and direction
to the governing “staff” and volunteers.
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