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Volunteer Job Descriptions

Fill out our volunteer application and our Volunteer Coordinator will send you the date of our next information session. If you have any questions, please email volunteer@seattleareafelinerescue.org.

Cat Care and Cage Cleaning

Purpose: To keep cat kennels clean and comfortable for the resident cats.

Requirements: 17 years or older. Be able to commit to a weekly 2 hour shift for 3 consecutive months of service. Be able to squat, bend, twist, lift and stand for 2 hours while working directly with cats and kittens. Be comfortable with direct contact with cats and kittens, dirty litter boxes, and cleaning agents such as bleach and accelerated hydrogen peroxide. Attention to detail and ability to follow instructions. Willingness and ability to learn the following tasks:

Duties:

  • Spot clean cat cages daily for each cat
  • Prepare clean litter pans, food, and water bowls
  • Clean dirty litter boxes and food bowls after cage cleaning is complete, washing dishes by hand
  • Observe general cat behavior and make note of important changes
  • Keep supply prep room clean and sanitary
  • Sweep and mop
  • Laundry

Supervisor: Cat Care Supervisor/Operations Manager

Training: Information Session, Hands-on Training

Shift Availability: Shifts are available during every morning from 10 am-12 pm and from 5:30 pm-7 pm.

Time Commitment: Volunteers are scheduled for a 2 hour shift each week. There is a 3 month minimum weekly commitment. Dependability is essential.

Clean Team: Dishes/Laundry/Floors/Etc

Purpose: To keep the rescue and all necessary supplies for caring for cats and kittens clean.

Requirements: Age 17 or older. Be able to commit to a weekly 2 hour shift for 3 consecutive months of service. Be able to squat, bend, twist, lift and stand for 2 hours. Direct contact with dirty litter boxes and cleaning agents such as bleach and accelerated hydrogen peroxide. Willingness and ability to learn the following tasks:

Duties:

  • Hand wash dishes and litter boxes
  • Laundry
  • Sweep and mop floors
  • Wipe down countertops and surfaces
  • Empty trashcans
  • Clean and sanitize crates
  • Other cleaning as needed

Supervisor: Operations Manager/Volunteer Coordinator

Training: Information Session, Hands-on Training

Shift Availability: Shifts are available throughout the day on most days (except on Wednesday and Thursday).

Retail and Front Desk Reception

Purpose: To greet the public, introduce people to our adoption program, and sell retail products to guests and adopters.

Requirements: 17 years or older. Be able to commit to a weekly 2-3 hour shift for 3 consecutive months of service. Excellent people and communication skills. The ability to represent Seattle Area Feline Rescue in a positive and appropriate manner. Ability to handle a cash register. Ability to learn the basics of each product for sale in the retail section and guide clients towards appropriate products. Willingness and ability to learn the following tasks:

Duties:

  • Assist the public, greet guests and potential adopters
  • Explain our adoption process to prospective adopters
  • Introduce adopters to products in the retail section
  • Operate the cash register, handle money, and use credit card machines
  • Ability to operate an iPad for checkout processes
  • Keep the front spaces clean and organized
  • Special projects as needed

Supervisor: Operations Manager

Training: Information Session, Hands-on Training

Shift Availability: Shifts are available during our adoption hours: 12 pm-7 pm, Friday through Monday.

Office Support

Purpose: To assist with management of paperwork

Requirements: 17 years or older. Be able to commit to a weekly 2 hour shift for 3 consecutive months of service. Basic proficiency with computers, including Windows 8, printing, scanning, and the ability to learn how to use a basic database program. Be able to bend for filing paperwork.

Duties:

  • Scan paperwork
  • File paperwork
  • Data entry
  • Create adoption packets
  • Other special projects as needed

Supervisor: Operations Manager

Training: Information Session, Hands-on Training

Shift Availability: Shifts are flexible, but mostly available Sunday-Tuesday between 10-7.

Adoption Counselor

Purpose: To assist the public with all parts of the adoption process: Screen potential adopters and assist them in their adoption selection, have productive and informative conversations in order to educate the potential adopter, and overall, create a positive experience for the adopter and a good adoption outcome for our cats and kittens.

Requirements: 18 years or older. Able to commit to a set weekly shift for a minimum 6 consecutive month commitment, of which the first 3 months will be shadowing and adoption counselor training. Understand the differences in cat personalities and how they may affect an adoption outcome. Excellent people and communication skills. Represent SAFe Rescue in a positive and appropriate manner. Basic computer skills and ability to learn our shelter database program. Be an active learner and listener.

PLEASE NOTE: Mastery of our adoption process, protocols, and standards of service and care must be exhibited prior to facilitating adoptions on your own. Simply participating in training does not guarantee you a position as an adoption counselor. You must have an open mind and both the ability and willingness to learn the skills listed below:

Duties

  • Greet guests and potential adopters, answer questions, have informative conversations to understand what would be the best match for the adopters household and lifestyle.
  • Oversee meeting between potential adopter and cat to ensure proper handling and a good match. Ensure proper sanitization procedure between meeting each cat.
  • Know individual cats well enough to answer questions about individual animals for potential guardians and guests.
  • Socialize and groom adoption ready cats; make notes and observations on their behavior towards different adopters.
  • Ensure all cats have fresh water and dry bedding. Refill water and food bowls as needed.
  • Maintain the overall cleanliness of the cat room while following sanitation protocols at all times. Change litter boxes as needed. Sweep the floor clean of litter or food periodically.
  • Introduce new adopters to products that the retail section carries, the benefits of types of food, as well as proper feeding protocol based on individual cats.
  • Process adoption paperwork, explain adoption agreement and medical history, advise on new cat introduction, licensing, and vaccinations.
  • Operating cash register and handling money and using credit card machines.

Supervisor: Operations Manager

Training: Information Session, Multiple Hands-On Trainings, counselor shadowing

Shift Availability: Shifts are available during our adoption hours: 12 pm-7 pm, Friday through Monday

Veterinary Support

Purpose: To ensure the health and well-being of every cat. Prepare the cat medically for adoption, including oral medications, FVRCP vaccinations and microchips. Treatment of sick or injured cats as needed.

Requirements: 18 years or older. Licensed Veterinarian or Veterinary Technician. Ability to learn Animal Shelter Manager software and use it to track and log medical updates.

Duties:

  • Logging into ASM to determine which cats need medical treatment
  • Evaluating physical health of individual cats
  • Observing general cat behavior and making note of important changes for staff
  • Taking cats temperature as needed, weighing cats as needed
  • Administering medication in the form of oral liquid or pill as needed, as well as vaccinating or giving cats subcutaneous fluids as needed.

Time Commitment: We know that time is tight for our volunteer Vets and Vet Techs. We will work with your schedule to make volunteering as easy as possible. No long term commitment is required.