Volunteering During COVID-19

While SAFe’s onsite volunteering may be temporarily on hold, there are still ways you can assist cats and earn volunteer hours at the same time! We have been inspired and overwhelmed by how many of you are ready to volunteer and help homeless cats find homes during this time of uncertainty. Here are a few ways you can help cats while still social distancing! 

  • Crafting for Kitties: Moving to a new place can be scary, but having a toy handmade with love at their side can help even the most shy of kittens adjust to their new surroundings. Our crafting group, led by team member Kelsi, as well as many Good Samaritans has been sewing up a storm of kicker toys and you can, too! The chances are pretty good that you have seen these toys around the rescue as they are one of SAFe’s most popular cat toys and for good reason, too. The kicker cat toys are simple to make but provide endless fun for the cats. All you need is some fabric, a needle and thread, some catnip,some cotton stuffing and basic stitching skills. There are many tutorials online to assist you with these fun toys. We are partial to these instructions. If you are interested in creating kitty kicker toys (or other items like blankets), you can email volunteer@seattleareafelinerescue.org to get more information on how to make them. 
  • Stay SAFe Pet Pantry: If you’ve driven by the Rescue lately, you may have noticed the new pet pantry located outside the front door. This community pantry helps local pet owners keep their furry family members fed and cared for during these uncertain times. If you have any extra pet food or supplies around the house, you can help ease the stress of finding food during this time of uncertainty. The pet pantry is a great way to stay safe and socially-distanced while making a big difference in a cat or dog’s life at the same time! Feel free to drop items off at the Pantry at any time. And if you are in need of supplies, please take what would be helpful.
  • Local Delivery: As community members stay safe and avoid public spaces, it can be harder to purchase pet supplies – and SAFe is stepping up to the challenge! Our online store is already open for curbside pick-up, and we’re looking forward to adding a no-contact delivery option soon. We’re seeking some go-getter volunteers who are interested in doing no contact deliveries to Shoreline and Seattle residents! If you’re interested in helping local cats and humans have safe access to the food and supplies they need, please reach out to volunteer@seattleareafelinerescue.org for more information! (100% of retail sales go to help the rescue kitties and fund their care.)
  •  Online Training: If you have created a profile through Better Impact, SAFe Rescue’s new volunteer scheduling and profile system, you have full access to trainings! Many of our trainings are built around cat behavior and include both videos and readings. We add more trainings every week to help our volunteers continue their education and learn more about cat behavior and care. To find these trainings, you must have an account with Better Impact (See below). Once your account is active, you will find these trainings under “My Profile” and “Trainings.”

Getting Started: 

If you haven’t signed up as a SAFe Rescue volunteer yet, you can find access to our virtual information session, quiz, and application form on our website. Once you have completed our virtual information session and the quiz that follows, please fill out the application form. With an active account, you will have access to the available trainings as well as access to news and communications updates! 

Thank you for looking out for kitties! We miss seeing you in person, but even from afar, your kindness and willingness to help is carrying on our mission to save lives and assist felines and the humans who love them!

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