Volunteer at Gifford

volunteer opportunities

Weekday Shelter Care/Cleaning volunteers

Sheltercare/Cleaning volunteers help us with many of our most important tasks, including direct cat care such as providing food and water, scooping litter, sweeping, disinfecting, and other duties. We're looking for hardworking and reliable people between the hours of 8:30am-4pm on weekdays! Our weekends are currently fully staffed.

Remote Roles

Looking to be a remote or hybrid (part-remote-part-onsite) volunteer? Gifford is looking for reference checkers! Reference checkers assist staff in calling landlords to confirm pet policies and vets to confirm that applicants have been responsible prior pet owners. Reference checkers should be prepared to call references within 24 hours of receiving them from Gifford staff. This role is a good fit for people with strong communication skills, listening skills, and notetaking skills.

Other Roles

In addition to direct care of the cats, we often need help with other areas such as administration, reference checking, foster interviewing, event planning, fundraising, community outreach, yard work, maintenance, writing, and marketing. Do you have any skills or areas of interest that you think could benefit Gifford? Let us know!

  • ​A minimum 6-month commitment with 1 shift per week served is requested.

  • Many volunteer tasks require moderate physical exercise, so please be sure you understand and are comfortable with the physical needs.

  • Once trained, volunteers must be able to complete their tasks with autonomy.  We are a small shelter with limited staff and are unable to oversee volunteer activity at all times.

  • The minimum age to volunteer is 18. There are no exceptions to this.

  • We cannot accommodate group requests or single day volunteering.

  • Prior experience is not required to volunteer!


apply to Volunteer

​Applications for volunteering are now open. Click the link below to begin your application. You should receive a response regarding your application within 3-5 business days.

At this time, we are looking to fill our morning and afternoon Shelter Care/Cleaning shifts and some remote positions (inquire by email). At this time, we are not looking for Socializers. In the future, we will be accepting applications for other roles. Shelter Care shifts are every day, with the options of 8:30-10:30am, 10:30am-12:30pm, and 2-4pm. 


After your application is reviewed, you will have the opportunity to take our online trainings, sign up for an in-person orientation and attend an in-person training- all via Better Impact. The process from applying to starting at Gifford takes around a month. 


If you have any questions, please reach out to Stacy, the Volunteer & Community Outreach Coordinator, at volunteer.coordinator@giffordcatshelter.org


Apply here