Cat Adoption Team

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

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

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

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

Volunteer opportunities

If you care about cats and people, we’d love to have you join CAT as a volunteer! You can get involved in lots of different ways—get details about some of our popular volunteer positions below.

Attending a Volunteer Orientation is the first step to joining the volunteer team at CAT. Volunteer Orientations are generally held twice a month; check our event calendar for specific dates and times.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Attend Volunteer Orientation (see event calendar for dates and times)
  • Complete our volunteer application
  • Complete a placement interview to discuss your volunteer interests and finalize your position

Please note: All volunteers are required to wear a CAT t-shirt and photo ID badge when volunteering. There is $20 fee due at the time of your placement interview to cover the costs of these items.

Volunteer Positions

Adoption Counselor: Perfect for the volunteer who likes matching potential adopters with the cat who is the right fit for them. Adoption Counselors (ACs) help visitors meet cats and kittens, and then walk them through the adoption process. AC positions are also available at offsite locations.

Caregiver: Work directly with cats by providing cleaning, food, water, love, and attention. Caregiver positions are available at CAT’s shelter or hospital and
at offsite locations.

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

Enrichment Team: Help to create items and activities to enrich the lives of the cats living in the shelter.

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 as part of CAT’s kitten foster program.

Kitten/Cat Chauffeurs and Wranglers: Pick up cats/kittens and supplies at the Sherwood shelter and transport them to/from offsite events. Kitten Wranglers supervise the kittens and promote CAT at offsite events.

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 kitten room. There will also be light caregiving duties and evening feeding.

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

Veterinary Hospital Help: We have several positions that support CAT’s onsite veterinary hospital team.

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 people are encouraged to help CAT by hosting a food or supply drive, a fundraising event, or distributing CAT information. For information about group volunteering, please contact the Volunteer Manager at (503) 925-8903, ext 258 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Available openings for each position vary, and training is provided. Other volunteer opportunities include data entry, fundraising, event staff, and special projects. Experienced volunteers often assume leadership roles. Volunteer positions are at the Sherwood shelter unless otherwise noted.