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.
Our volunteer opportunities are very flexible in terms of days and how often. Catnip Casa is foster-home based. Volunteer work only takes place on weekday afternoons at the main intake home in northeast Austin where the long-term kitties reside. We occasionally need people who would like to help with special events too.
Cleaning and maintenance: Kitties need clean rooms, sturdy cat trees, fresh food, clean litter, lots of water in clean fountains, and warm bedding. Bedding and heating/cooling setups have to be changed seasonally in the outdoor areas. We do a lot of hard work taking care of those cute little furry faces. IF you don’t mind the physical labor, we always need help cleaning and maintaining the rooms and condos.
Kitty Socialization/Playtime: 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 goes 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.
Office/Administrative: Do you have clerical experience? Medical records need to be kept organized. The database needs to be updated with vaccination dates and medication changes. Like kids, cats change as they get older, and it’s important to have a current photo on file. We do an occasional newsletter, blog posts, and simple grant applications.
Creative Assistance: You might even create your own volunteer opportunity.
- Are you good at taking pictures we can post?
- Are you good at making holiday pins and posts with graphics?
- Do you have a gift for funny captions?
- Do you have a huge social network that can spread the word during our campaigns?
- Could you do a birthday or holiday fundraiser on Facebook?
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. If they have a favorite kitty they sponsor, they want to receive quality information and lots of “I feel like I’m there” kitty fixes.