Must be at least 18 years of age. Youth between 15-18 can volunteer with parent’s signed waiver is signed and on file.
Volunteers must work a minimum of six hours/month (can be combined with other volunteer activities).
Must have basic knowledge of cat behavior and able to read cat body language.
Must adhere to SRAS safety principles, guidelines, regulations and follow staff directives while volunteering.
All new volunteers must attend volunteer orientation and cat care training class. Volunteers who start before our classes are implemented will be allowed to continue for up to six weeks. After that they will need to have attended orientation and class in order to continue.
First four hours of volunteering will be under indirect supervision of staff of a volunteer mentor.
Must have basic customer service skills and be able to interact with staff and shelter customers in a manner that represents SRAS in a positive manner.
Play with and cuddle cats.
Assist staff with letting cats out and putting them back according to written schedule.
While in cat room volunteers encouraged to complete tasks if requested by staff.
Participate in cat enrichment.
Report health/behavior problems to staff member.
If volunteer has Facebook access they are encouraged to write positive comments about a cat on his/her profile. This is helpful for people looking online to be encouraged to come in and see a particular cat.
Volunteers will answer customer questions (if they are certain of the answer) and refer other questions to staff. Offer to help customers get cats out of cages. Give customers positive information about the cats if you know it. If you happen to know something negative about a cat (for example litter box issues, excessive shyness, scratching) please DO NOT share with customers. Staff will share all known information with potential adopters but have training on how to do so.
Report any injuries to yourself, customers or cats in a prompt manner.
Be aware that our cat’s health is paramount. It is extremely easy to cross contaminate illnesses and we must work to avoid it. Volunteers MUST use hand sanitizer between handling different cats. Help us encourage visitors to comply with this in a positive and customer service friendly manner.
- Animal Care / Handling
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Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 15
- 2 hour shifts. Minimum 6 hours month.