Cat Adoption Team

Sherwood Shelter Hours
Tues-Fri 12 - 7 pm
Sat-Sun 12 - 6 pm
Closed Monday
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Volunteer opportunities

If you love cats and are a “people person”, you’ll want to volunteer at a place where you will be rewarded with purrs. Become a volunteer at CAT.

“Volunteering at CAT is my way of helping everyone have an opportunity to experience the joys of a happy, healthy pet companion.” Tia K., Volunteer

Volunteer positions:
Adoption Counselor »
Caregiver »
Photography/writing »
Playhouse Assistant »
Vet Assistant »
Event Ambassador »
Foster Care »
Cat Food Bank »
Group volunteering »


Matchmaker (Adoption Counselor): Perfect for the volunteer who likes working with both people and cats. Matchmakers help adopters find a cat who is a good fit for them. (Also available at offsite locations.)

Caregiver: Get fuzzy! Work directly with cats at the shelter, in the Hospital, or at an offsite location, by providing clean cages, food, water, love, and attention.

“After a morning of cleaning when the cats are curled up, happy and content, and fed, I know what I’ve contributed is worthwhile.” Bruce M., Volunteer

Digital Photography and Writing: Help promote adoptable cats and kittens online with photos and cat biographies. (Uploading done from home.)

Playhouse (Kitten) Assistant: Provide customer service to potential kitten adopters by answering basic questions about the adoption process and the kittens they are meeting. Help potential adopters meet the kittens in the main floor Playhouse cat room. There will also be light caregiving duties and evening feeding.

Veterinary Assistant: Help provide preventive care to cats at CAT’s onsite veterinary Hospital.

“I do it [volunteer] for the kittens!” Rich C., Volunteer

Cat Adoption Event Ambassador: Promote CAT and responsible cat ownership at public outreach events such as community fairs, adoption events, open houses, etc.

Foster care: Provide a temporary home for a cat and/or kittens. Click here for more details about our Kitten Foster Program.

Cat Food Bank: Help organize and inventory donated cat food for use in our partnership with Meals on Wheels.

Group Volunteering: CAT welcomes group volunteers, typically for one-time projects such as weeding, painting, cleaning, and event support. The minimum age requirement for group volunteers is 16 years old. Groups of volunteers between 12 and 16 are encouraged to help CAT by hosting a food or supply drive, a fundraising event, or distributing CAT information.

Tours are available on a limited basis to groups of no more than 12 individuals, including chaperone if applicable. School or youth groups must have one adult chaperone per three children and children must be 12 years or older. Please contact the CAT Volunteer Department for more details. Call (503) 925-8903, ext. 226, or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Please note that available openings for each position vary. Training is provided. Other volunteer opportunities include data entry, fundraising, and special projects. Experienced volunteers also often assume leadership roles. Volunteer positions are at the Sherwood shelter unless otherwise noted.

“My heart is big enough to love them all.” Dixie C., Volunteer

Apply to be a CAT Volunteer today. Please note that CAT staff will get back to you as soon as possible, but this may take as long as a week. Applicants whose interests and schedule match current openings are invited to attend a Volunteer Orientation, typically held on three weekend days per month (occasionally weekday evening orientations are offered).

For information about group volunteering, or for other questions about volunteering, please contact the Volunteer Services Manager at (503) 925-8903, ext 226.