ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING A DEDICATED
Volunteers are the heart and life force of Gifford Cat Shelter, helping us provide care for cats 365 days a year. Volunteers touch every aspect of our operation, and enable us to expand our reach, impact more cats, and in turn – save more lives.
Our volunteer positions accommodate a variety of interests and skills. By joining Giffords’ team of dedicated volunteers, you’ll build relationships with other like-minded people in your community, and with the cats themselves.
Gifford Cat Shelter has a strong commitment to the people and cats we serve, and we ask for an equally strong commitment from the volunteers who work with us. All Gifford Volunteers must go through an application, orientation, interview, placement and training process prior to beginning their service, and are asked to make a 6-month or longer service commitment to our cats and mission.
Submitting an application is the first step to becoming a volunteer with Gifford Cat Shelter*. Placement in our program is based upon our needs, as well as your availability and interests. If your availability and interests meet our current needs, further instructions for scheduling an orientation will be sent to the email address you provide. Your application will stay on file for 60 days to give you ample opportunity to register for a volunteer orientation session.
*Please note that the volunteer program is highly competitive and submission of an application does not guarantee placement.
At the volunteer orientation you will learn about the history, mission, services and volunteer opportunities Gifford Cat Shelter offers. We will talk in depth about the volunteer opportunities available, the training involved and time commitment required.
If your availability and skills match our needs, you will then be required to have an Interview with the Volunteer Liaison. Interviews are generally held once or twice a month. During the interview, we will discuss the process we use for volunteer placement, the commitment required, and an overview of the volunteer expectations are all explained.
Once accepted into the program, volunteers must complete two levels of training to “learn the basics” of volunteering at our shelter. This training prepares you to work within our cage-free facility, caring for our cats and overall cleaning and upkeep of the facility. Upon completion of those hours, new volunteers work with an experienced volunteer mentor. The mentor session consists of a 1-2 hour hands-on session with an experienced volunteer. Mentor sessions are designed to walk new volunteers through a typical day of volunteering at the shelter.
To remain active, volunteers must meet the hours-per-month standard set for their assignment.
Current Volunteer Opportunities:
Morning Volunteer — This position helps us with one of our most important times of the day. There’s nothing better than being one of the first people to greet and say hello to the cats in the morning! This position includes direct cat care such as providing food and water, scooping litter, sweeping, disinfecting, laundry and other duties. Indirect cat care may also be assigned, such as administrative tasks and other duties. Looking for hardworking and reliable people Monday through Friday between the hours of 8am – 12pm
If you are interested in applying to be a volunteer, please complete the online Volunteer Application.
- The minimum age to volunteer is 18. We do accept a few volunteers under the age of 18, however they must obtain prior approval from the Volunteer Liaison or the Shelter Director. Minors will also need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian throughout the application process (including training). In addition, the parent/legal guardian must accompany the minor each time they visit the shelter and volunteer.
- Prior experience is not required to volunteer. Many of our volunteer opportunities require moderate physical exercise, so please be sure you understand and are comfortable with the physical needs.
- A minimum 6-month commitment is required, and a minimum of one 2-hour shift each week (the same day and time each week).
- Must be reliable, hard-working, compassionate and dependable.
In addition to direct care of the cats, we often need help with other areas such as administration, event planning, fundraising, community outreach, yard work and maintenance, writing, and marketing. If you’d like to help in any of those areas, we’d love to have you volunteer with us.