The Cat Adoption Team, the Pacific Northwest's largest non-profit, guaranteed adoption shelter is currently looking for matchmakers to help find loving homes for the kitties in our care.
Title: Matchmaker (Adoption Counselor)
Purpose of Position: The Adoption Counselor builds a relationship with potential adopters and assists in helping them find cats that are a good match for their home and lifestyle.
"My favorite thing about being an Adoption Counselor is watching a cat and a human fall in love with each other. When that match happens I think it is magical. And, then when I follow up and hear how great it's working out, that's just the icing on the cake."
Sally Newton, CAT Volunteer
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Get to know as many cats as possible in adoption center.
- Work with potential adopters on finding the right cat to fit their household.
- Know and adhere to CAT's guidelines on adoptions, including educating potential adopters on the rationale for those guidelines
- Once a smaller selection is narrowed down, become familiar with cat's paperwork, attitude and behavior; know what kind of environment cat needs to live in, whether cat is on medications or a special diet.
- Educate potential adopters on socialization, behavior and general care of cats
- Make periodic follow-up calls to make sure the adoption was successful and/or help with any problems that may arise after the adoption
Training Requirements: All volunteers are required to attend a volunteer orientation. Adoption Counselors are trained in all aspects of the adoption process and also attend a training orientation tailored to Adoption Counseling. Adoption counselors-in- training shadow an experienced adoption counselor, who serves as a mentor until the tranee is ready to complete adoptions independently.
Time Commitment: Minimum of eight hours per month; volunteers usually sign up for two shifts a month on a Saturday or Sunday from 12pm-4pm. Shifts are available from 12-4 at our Sherwood Shelter, offsite adoption centers or by appointment when an adopter calls. Weekday afternoon shifts are also available at our Shelter in Sherwood.
Benefits to Volunteer: The rewards from adoption counseling are considerable and long-term: there is joy in helping once homeless cats find loving homes. Adoption Counseling is also an excellent opportunity to talk "cats" with different people, as well as an opportunity to educate the public regarding issues such as cat behavior and general issues such as pet overpopulation.
- Customer Service
- Animal Care / Handling
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- 8 hours per month for a minimum of 6 months