The Best Friends Community Cat Department works with the community and partner shelters to conduct Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) of community cats. Community cats (also known as feral, stray, or free-roaming cats) are the most-at-risk animals in shelters throughout the U.S. Since community cats are at great risk of being killed if they enter shelters, Best Friends helps ensure they do not end up there by organizing and operating humane TNR programs. TNR is a comprehensive management plan in which healthy community cats are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and then returned to their outdoor communities. TNR is critical in our mission to creating a no-kill community. Your volunteer work as a Trapping Specialist has a direct impact on helping save hundreds of lives!
Trapping Specialists help by trapping cats at an assigned site on two consecutive evenings for four hours each evening. The Trapping Specialist will work with a staff member at the trapping site and have all traps and supplies provided. You will help by preparing and setting the traps, monitoring the traps, and recording trapped cats on a trapping log.
This position is ideal for someone who enjoys being outdoors, can follow instructions, and who is passionate about cats even when they can’t touch them.
This position reports to the Community Cat Manager and Community Cat Team.
Duties and Essential Functions
- Set up traps in predetermined sites provided by CCP Staff.
- Supervising traps while waiting for cats to enter
- Carrying traps with cats in them
- Recording the trapped cats on a trapping log
- May have to search for baby kittens if a pregnant mom is trapped
- Preparing traps by placing newspaper and food inside of them
- Transport traps by carrying them and set up in holding area.
- Work closely with the CCP Staff
- Report any cats with visible illness or injuries to CCP Staff
- Track and input hours worked into the Best Friends volunteer database regularly
- Ability to work well with the public
- Commitment to working within guidelines of the program
- Willingness to learn and take direction from CCP Staff
- Comfortable working in various areas of Salt Lake City, Weber County, and Davis County.
- Professional and positive attitude when working with a variety of people
- Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information.
Accepting New Volunteers
This position is continuously accepting new volunteers. Complete application for Trapping Specialist.
Trapping a site is done on two successive evenings. These are typically scheduled for Monday/Tuesday or Tuesday/Wednesday. Each evening you will have a four hour shift from 4-8PM, or 5-9PM.
Minimum age requirement
18 years of age or older.
Training and Orientation
Volunteering for this position requires approximately 8 hours of training. Training involves trapping a site with a Community Cat Coordinator on two successive evenings. These are typically scheduled for Monday/Tuesday or Tuesday/Wednesday from 4-8PM.
This position involves lifting up to 20 pounds, bending, squatting, carrying of items, and working in all weather conditions. You must be comfortable carrying traps with cats who may not be happy.
You may want to bring a beverage and snack with you.