Volunteer

Volunteer

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 volunteers@towncats.org.

High School Aged Volunteers

If you are looking for high school community hours, we are currently full for volunteering on the weekends. You can volunteer during the week from 3:30-5pm Tuesday-Thursday. If you still want to volunteer on the weekend, we can put you on a waiting-list until a spot opens up.
Email kymberly.sugano@towncats.org to be put on the waiting list.
You can still fulfill your high school community service hours with Town Cats by setting up a fundraiser or donation drive on our behalf. Or you can create projects to make cat scratchers, toys or blankets.
Email Kym at kymberly.sugano@towncats.org if interested or for more information.

Volunteer Registration

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.

 

Upcoming Orientations

You can find our next volunteer orientation dates listed below; orientation time is at 7:30:

November 6th at 730pm

November 17th at 730pm

November 27th at 730pm

 

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!

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities

 

Adoption Counselors

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.

 

Cat Concierge

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.

 

Case Managers

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.

Event Committee

Volunteers interested in event planning/logistics, and assisting in event set up/take down are needed! This is a unique opportunity for someone who may not be able to contribute on a weekly or monthly basis, however, is able to contribute skills and time on a project type basis. The committees will oversee food, wine and auction solicitations and will assist with things like decorations and set up.

Event Support

Volunteers available to help one-day events are needed! Town Cats participates at events all around Santa Clara County such as, festivals, fairs, pop-up adoption events, and more. Shifts will be assigned with event logistics weeks prior. Help us interact with the public and get our name out there!

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).

 

Photography Volunteers

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:

Kymberly Sugano, Volunteer/Events Coordinator:

volunteer@towncats.org or kymberly.sugano@towncats.org.

 

Email is the best form of contact, but you can also text or call (408) 600-9212. Please leave a message with your full name and phone number. Thank you!