Cat Adoption Team

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

Cat Adoption Team volunteers don’t just love cats, they put their love of cats into action.

volunteering for CATOver 450 volunteers belong to a CAT community that works every day to help homeless cats and kittens and end needless feline euthanasia.

CAT volunteers come from diverse backgrounds and contribute their time, skills, and talents in areas as varied as socializing cats one-on-one to raising awareness at outreach events. They are adolescents, senior citizens, and all ages in between. They make new friends, learn new skills, and are an essential component to CAT’s ability to save lives.

“Nothing makes me happier than giving a cat a chance, and meeting other cat lovers with the same goal.” Tanya S., Volunteer

volunteering for cat adoption counselingVolunteer Requirements

  • 8 hour per month commitment for at least 6 months (some volunteer positions require a regular, consistent schedule; others do not)
  • Complete a volunteer application
  • Attend a two-hour orientation
  • Volunteers are interviewed prior to placement
  • Must be at least 12 years old to volunteer at Sherwood shelter; volunteers under 16 must volunteer alongside a parent during every shift
  • Must be at least 14 years old to volunteer at offsite adoption location (PetSmart locations); volunteers under 18 must volunteer alongside a parent during every shift
  • Must be able to commit to scheduled volunteer times
  • Must be able to squat, bend, twist, lift and stand for long periods of time when working directly with the cats in our care
  • Must be able to work well with people – all volunteer positions work directly with the public, staff, and other volunteers
  • Must be able to handle cats safely and compassionately
  • Must be able to take and seek direction and have a self-motivated work ethic
  • Must be able to work independently

“Volunteering for CAT is the most rewarding experience I’ve had. I always leave the shelter after volunteering with a huge smile on my face. I highly recommend volunteering to anyone!” Lynn H., Volunteer

volunteering for cat with happy adoptersApply 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).

CAT’s volunteer program does not accept court-ordered community service; however, there are some opportunities to fulfill court-ordered community service at the shelter; please call the shelter at (503) 925-8903 for more information.

Check out all the ways you can volunteer to help save lives at CAT.

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