Tell me about this exciting opportunity!
Learn the ins and outs of the Bottle Baby Intensive Care Unit (BBICU), while providing essential animal care for our smallest friends in need (bottle baby kittens ages 0-4 weeks). This role supports our technicians and Bottle Baby Feeder volunteers by cleaning kennels, washing bottles, doing dishes and laundry. This intro level will help you get oriented to the BBICU and provide opportunities to shadow our Bottle Baby Feeder volunteers and see how they feed, weigh and care for the babies; preparing you for advancement to become a Bottle Baby Feeder yourself!
Where will I work?
Sunnyslope Campus Bottle Baby Intensive Care Unit (BBICU)
Supervised by BBICU vet techs, Volunteer Trainer, Volunteer Engagement
How do I become a Bottle Baby Caregiver?
1. Complete steps 1-4 of our online volunteer orientation at www.azhumane.org/learning
2. Complete online bottle baby training and animal safety (PPE) modules
3. Schedule and complete a training shift within 2 weeks of completing the online bottle baby module
Is this the right fit for me?
· I love kittens and want to help save orphaned babies!
· I am willing to learn basic care so that I can advance to become a Bottle Baby Feeder
· Small, busy work spaces don’t bother me
· I don’t mind cleaning (in fact, I enjoy it when it helps save lives!)
· I work well in fast-paced environments
What will I be doing?
· Clean kennels for the babies to have a healthy and cozy living space
· Provide clean blankets and warmer for kittens as needed
· Support Bottle Baby Feeders by washing bottles and dishes so they have ample clean supplies to feed and care for our kittens
· Wash soiled blankets and dirty laundry to ensure that our babies have fresh, clean linens for their kennels
· Adhere to all sanitation and other medical protocols given both in written and verbal form
· Demonstrate compassion and respect for animals and people at all times
Sounds fun, but what about the hard stuff?
· Physical Difficulty: continuous standing and frequent bending. Ability to work in a small/confined, busy and sometimes very warm work space.
· Emotional Difficulty: With kittens in this area being so fragile, BBICU Volunteers may have occasional exposure to euthanasia decisions and/or kittens passing away.
· Mental Difficulty: attention to detail, and the ability to anticipate the needs of others (both animals and people). Strong verbal communication skills, interpersonal skills and listening skills. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and accept change willingly.
· Environment: this position will involve exposure to urine, feces, blood, hair, dander, cleaning solutions, wet floors and strong odors.
What Should I Wear?
Please wear your AHS Volunteer shirt or AHS Docent shirt, name badge, long pants or jeans, and sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Gowns, gloves, and shoe covers are required in this area.
Sounds awesome! How do I sign up?
Required Commitment: One pre-scheduled shift per week for 3 weeks to advance to Bottle Baby Feeder, 6 month commitment for those who stay as a Bottle baby Caregiver
New Volunteers: complete our volunteer orientation online at azhumane.org/learning
Current volunteers: see available shifts and sign up through Volunteer Hub
- People Skills
- Animal Care / Handling
- Verbal / Written Communication
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 16
- Orientation or Training
- One 4 hour shift per week for minimum of 6 months
- $25.00 onboarding charge to cover: volunteer gear including t-shirt, name badge, and other materials