Volunteer Opportunities

Toffee a calico kitty
Toffee is not a fan of having her picture taken.

If you are interested in any of the volunteer opportunities below and you are over 18 (an insurance requirement), please use the contact form if you have questions. I’ll be happy to send more information. You can also submit a CCCR Volunteer Application now. Please read the information below before contacting us. Thank you!



If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the application, and we’ll call you.

We always have volunteer opportunities at our main intake home in Austin, Texas. The jobs aren’t always glamorous, but the work is important. It saves lives. Your help allows us to pay medical bills and purchase the foods and medicines for conditions that are life-threatening without medication and special diets. Your help allows us to spend time seeking grants and donations to improve their care and to enable us to keep our promise of a safe place for a ninth life.

Catnip Casa is foster-home-based. Volunteer work takes place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and/or Thursday afternoons between 1 pm and 4 pm at the main intake home in northeast Austin, where the long-term kitties reside. Our volunteer opportunities are very flexible as long as you are available sometime within these hours and days. It doesn’t have to be all of those days or for the entire 1-4 pm.

Southern New Hampshire University logoWe are also proud to be able to offer regular volunteers a discount on the cost of continuing their education through a recognized university. SNHU offers online programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Through a partnership with us, SNHU offers you and your family degree programs at some of the lowest rates in the nation. It’s 10% lower than regular tuition.


If you’d like to volunteer, fill out the application, and we’ll call you. Below are some examples of what might be available. We have all current opportunities posted on Volunteer Match.

Cleaning and Maintenance: 

Kitties need clean rooms, sturdy cat trees, fresh food, clean litter, lots of water in clean fountains, and warm bedding. We do a lot of hard work caring for those cute little furry faces. If you don’t mind the physical labor, we always need help cleaning and maintaining the rooms and condos. Wednesday or Saturday from 1-4 pm is available.

Kitty Socialization/Playtime: FULL

We also need people to visit and play with the cats. These wonderful cats have often lost much of their trust in people. A bit of playtime and friendly voices go a long way toward helping them become social and trust again. We also use various forms of play as therapy for some residents. For the long-term residents, it means fun and relaxation too, which we all need. How many people we need and when varies with our volunteers’ schedules. Please contact us for current opportunities. All work and play take place during the volunteer hours and days listed above. We need someone able to commit to regular visits on the volunteer days listed above for at least 3-4 months to give the kitties time to get to know you and build trust. Socialization takes time.

Office/Administrative: FULL

Do you have clerical and admin experience? Do you have current computer skills in MS Office programs? Medical records need to be kept organized. Medications need to be inventoried. The spreadsheets and shelter manager database must be updated with vaccination dates, medication changes, and grant information. Like kids, cats change as they get older, and it’s important to have a current photo on file. We could also use someone who is good at updating and maintaining a WordPress website, especially with the block editor. We do a newsletter, blog posts, letters to donors and businesses, and grant applications. This position needs someone with the ability to make a regular commitment for several months and get to know the work to be able to work independently on routine projects. Working hours are Tuesday and Thursday. We need two afternoons per week from 1-4 pm.

Creative Assistance: FULL

These are excellent mini-opportunities and one-time projects for people short on time who want to give back. Even the mini-ops must be done during our normal volunteer hours of 1-4 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. The application process is simple, and once on board, all we need is a 24-48 hour notice for you to come and go when you have time.

  • Are you good at taking pictures we can post? Our social media manager loves to have tons of photos to work with.
  • Are you good at making holiday pins and posts with Canva?
  • Do you have a gift for funny captions?
  • Do you have a huge social network that loves animals and can spread the word during our fundraising campaigns?
  • Can you make cute TikTok videos of the cats out of pictures or old videos?

We never get too many good, funny, silly, and entertaining photos of the Catnip Casa cats. Our supporters want to see what happens here and get to know the cats.

Click here to drop us a note and join the fun!

Basset nose in cat hole
What’s with the cat hole? I want to help too!