Volunteer

Town Cats needs many hands 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, and adoptions. 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.

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

Saturday September 30th, 2017 11:00am – 12:00pm (Joyce Ellington) FULL
Wednesday October 11th, 2017 6:00pm – 7:00pm (Santa Teresa)
Saturday October 21st, 2017 1:00pm – 2:00pm (Joyce Ellington)

Orientations are held in the small group study room at the SJPL Santa Teresa Branch or Joyce Ellington Branch.

San Jose Public Library
Santa Teresa Branch
290 International Cir
San Jose, CA 95119

San Jose Public Library
Joyce Ellington Branch
491 E. Empire St.
San Jose, CA 95112

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.

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!

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.