We hope you will consider joining our volunteer team. Cat Welfare offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities at a range of commitment levels. The first step to becoming a part of the volunteer team is to read our Volunteer Handbook.
If you're interested in volunteering, please contact our volunteer coordinator through our contact form or at 614.268.6096 ext. 106 to schedule a shelter tour and volunteer interview.
Fund Raising & Marketing
Volunteer your talents to help get the word out about Cat Welfare through marketing and/or fund raising efforts. We are looking for individuals interested in helping us plan, promote, or organize special events (like our Cat Caper 5K). You can also volunteer to help us explore the possibilities of new signature events, help with data entry, distributing flyers, or preparing mailings. We also are looking for volunteers that have photography and design skills.
Please Help Us Share Our Mission…
Even though Cat Welfare Association has been caring for homeless kitties for more than sixty years, there are still folks in Central Ohio who are not aware that we exist.
There are many wonderful opportunities for Cat Welfare to get out to the public during the Spring and Summer months but we need volunteers to make it happen! If you enjoy attending social events and meeting a variety of new people, please consider becoming a CWA off-site representative. All new representatives will be fully trained and will be paired with a seasoned representative for their first event.
Socialization and Cat Care Teams
At CWA we want our residents to know they are safe and they are loved. Please help us provide our residents with TLC. Volunteers are welcome to come in as your schedule allows to interact with the kitties. We also offer a Silent Socialization the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. as an opportunity to come in and spend quiet time with the residents. Can you commit to a weekly 90 minute visit? If so, please consider leading a cat care team. Our volunteer coordinator will assign you a team of five cats. You will be provided with kitty bios, instructions and grooming tools.
Are you a cat lover who can’t add another pet to your home permanently but you do have an extra room for short term fostering where kittens could spend a few weeks until they are old enough to be adopted (usually between 8-10 weeks old) from our shelter? Or where a cat like Simon could finish recovering from surgery away from the shelter in a quieter environment?
Litters arrive at the shelter in all situations: a) A kitten is left without a momma or littermates b) A litter of kittens (usually 2-6) arrives without momma c) Some momma cats and their kittens arrive after being taken in by caring strangers who cannot keep them until the kittens are weaned and old enough to go into the shelter to be adopted. When the kittens are returned to the shelter, the momma cat is also returned so she can be spayed and put up for adoption.
Foster homes provide comfy, safe places for kittens to grow while learning to play and enjoy people. Being socialized with people before age 7 weeks is essential for kittens to be friendly and have adoptability appeal! For cats like Simon, foster homes provide extra TLC and a secure place to recover from surgery. Food, litter, medical treatment and initial immunizations are provided by Cat Welfare. To view our application to foster click here. To view our foster care agreement click here.