Town Cats needs many hands (and paws!) to do all the work we do. We are always seeking committed, enthusiastic and reliable volunteers. The work Town Cats does is only limited by our volunteer resources. We need help with shelter care, fostering, transporting cats, adoptions, digital media, flyer distribution, etc. Whatever your interests are, we can put them to work!
Minimum Age Requirement
Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older to work directly with our cats. However, we welcome younger volunteers with previous animal handling experience as long as they’re supervised by a parent or guardian. Adult and child must each fill out an online registration form.
Younger volunteers can also take on independent (at home) projects if they don’t have anyone who can accompany them to our shelter. For example, making no-sew blankets, distributing flyers, or organizing food drives. To sign-up for a project, fill out our registration form then let us know what you’d like to do by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
High School Aged Volunteers
Interested in volunteering? Please fill out our online registration form. Once we’ve reviewed your application, we’ll email an invitation to sign up for an orientation. *Please note: filling out the application does not confirm your schedule. Schedules are finalized after attending orientation and the Volunteer Coordinator has reached out to you to confirm your application.
You can find our next volunteer orientation dates on our Events page
Orientations will be held at our main shelter location:
195 San Pedro Ave
Bldg C, Unit 12-13
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Please send an email if you wish to attend so we can expect to see you and reserve your spot!
Our adoption fairs take place on weekends at pet stores in Morgan Hill and San Jose. These volunteers will set up for the adoption fair and talk to potential adopters. Shifts typically last about 4 hours and take place on Saturday and/or Sunday afternoons.
Volunteers play as a matchmaker to help assist future adopters in choosing the right cat for their family. The Concierge know our cats in and out, and help answer questions for adopters that have something specific in mind.
Follow up with recent adopters by phone or email five to ten days after adoption and give advice as needed to help aide in the transition for their new cat. Case Managers help adopters feel as though they have resources and a support system. (This position is done remotely, and usually takes 1-2 hours a week).
Clean Care Volunteers
These volunteers clean cages and feed cats at our adoption sites in Morgan Hill and San Jose. Shifts usually take around 1 to 2 hours and include cleaning litter boxes, feeding cats, wiping out cages with cleaner, changing bedding, and giving cats free time outside their cages.
Feral Freedom Drivers
Town Cats is part of a county-wide initiative to help save feral cats. Volunteers will transport feral cats who have been spayed/neutered from San Jose Animal Care & Services back to their original colony location. Volunteers must have a valid driver’s license and a car.
Foster Parents for Cats & Kittens
Foster parents provide short and long-term care for animals in their homes. By offering time, love and attention, these volunteers prepare their foster cat or kitten for adoption into a permanent, loving home.
Graphic Design Volunteers
You’ll help create flyers, postcards, social media graphics, and website images. If you know your way around typography, layout, Photoshop, InDesign, or even Gimp, sign up to help make our marketing materials pretty! (This position can be done remotely).
Great photos catch the attention of potential adopters and we need volunteers who know how to handle a camera. Photos will be used on our website, social media, and adoption flyers. Volunteers will be asked to travel to adoption sites and must have their own camera.
Writing, Blogging, Editing Volunteers
Volunteers will write blog posts, online publication articles, and newsletter content. If you love writing (or editing articles) about cats, volunteer with us! Possible assignments include book reviews, top 10 lists, featured cat profiles, local news, and heartwarming adoption stories, etc. (This position can be done remotely).
If you have interest in volunteering with our organization, please contact:
Helen Biala, Volunteer/Events Coordinator:
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Email is the best form of contact. Please leave a message with your full name and phone number. Thank you!