Cat Scratcher: Remember what it feels like to have an itch that you can’t scratch? Three of our cats have missing feet or other abnormalities that prevent them from scratching their face, ears, chin and chest. Those are areas that all cats love to have touched and stroked. These little ones in particular need help with this very basic task. It requires someone who can be gentle, patient and perceptive.
Cat Play Specialist: You may have heard that cats sleep 14 to 16 hours a day. This is true for many cats, but when they are awake they need something to do - other than eat. When cats live in colonies as ours do, boredom and stress can lead to bullying and fighting. We need people to spend some time every day playing with each cat for 15 or 20 minutes. Some like to chase a laser, others like to jump, chase and play with wand toys, and a couple like to go on walks with a leash.
In the winter when the cats are unable to play in the catio most days, it is a especially important that they get plenty of exercise. We hope to find someone who can help us setup an agility course for those cats that need the most exercise. This job requires a combination of energy, patience and gentleness.
Cats Storyteller/Reader: Do you like to read? Would you like to improve your reading skills with an audience that is totally accepting a nonjudgmental? How would you like to write some stories and tell them or read them to our cats? Choose stories from a book to read - or make up stories as you go? Some of our cats don’t like to be touched, but still need human interaction. In those cases, hearing a calm and soothing human voice helps them feel safe and nurtured. This is a great project for home schoolers or those who are looking for creative ways to supplement classroom work with something fun and helpful.
Good Candidates: We encourage students who are calm, gentle, and patient to consider these volunteer opportunities. All young people will be carefully evaluated for temperament before being allowed to work with the animals. Some will be matched with only specific cats. Everyone will complete an orientation to learn more about cats, safety and responsible pet interactions. Parents may be required to be on site. Groups are welcome.
Adult volunteers are always preferred and welcome!
- Literacy / Reading
- Animal Care / Handling
- Animal Therapy
- Reading / Writing
Good Match For
Kids Teens People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 6
- Orientation or Training
- Minimum 1 hour week
- Children will require guardian permission and supervision