Kitty Cottage would love your help! As a non-profit, our budget is limited and the majority of it goes to feline welfare or cottage upkeep. Our staff work very hard but we rely greatly on community support. Most of our volunteer opportunities take place at the cottage, but we can also use event representatives and occasionally do have tasks which can be done at home.
Please call us or use the contact form below if you’d like to discuss volunteering. You are also welcome to come in any time during business hours to get started, there is no need to make an appointment.
When you come in to apply to volunteer you’ll be asked to fill out a short volunteer application which includes:
Your contact information
Information about your pets and animal experience
Questions about your areas of volunteer and/or professional experience
All volunteers must bring their medical insurance card (which must list their name) to this initial visit so that we can make a copy to keep on file. Anyone under the age of 18 who wishes to volunteer must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Monday & Tuesday: 9:00AM-11:00AM
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00AM-3:00PM
How to Support Kitty Cottage
With about 30 cats in our care, there’s always a feline who needs some love. That may come in the form of play time for more energetic residents, helping brush our long haired or older residents who need grooming help, hand feeding shy or ill cats, or even just providing a lap and some gentle cheek rubs to let the kitties know they’re loved.
This is by far the most important thing that our volunteers help with. Morning cleaning happens daily from 9-11, 365 days a year. We believe strongly that our cage-free environment is best for the happiness of our cats and for helping us match them to their purrfect new family, but it is also means that it is much easier for diseases to spread. Our essential cleaning and sanitation procedures are performed daily, at minimum, to ensure that our space remains a safe, hygienic, and welcoming environment for residents and visitors alike.
In addition to our morning cleaning routine there’s lots of small tasks that need to be done like scooping litter boxes throughout the day, cleaning bathrooms, sanitizing equipment, processing laundry, stocking food and litter, etc. Staying on top of all of these minor logistical tasks is a very important part of keeping the cottage running smoothly on a day to day basis.
We have several wonderful community members who craft items for sale at events like craft fairs and flea markets, can be used our residents. Ideas include, but are not limited to: cat beds, catnip toys, cat themed Xmas ornaments, feral cat shelters, etc.
We try our best to keep the majority of our cats in house, as that is where they will meet potential adopters! We do need help during kitten season with temporary foster homes. If you’d like to learn more about fostering please call or email us for more information.
Kitty Cottage is entirely supported by private donations, so fundraising is a MAJOR way for volunteers to help. You could be a representative for KC at a community event, network in the community for fundraising partners, run a fundraising event at your work or school, develop new ideas for a fundraising project or event, or obtain gifts and gift certificates from area businesses for use as prizes in our fundraising opportunities. If you’re able, it would be beyond helpful if you could help us fundraise by personally donating.
Do you have a special skill? Carpentry, plumbing, electrical wiring, landscaping? We can always use more handy-persons around the cottage! Talk to your friends and maybe pick a day once a month to come in and help us on some of our projects.
Paws for Reading
Paws for Reading is a very special program at Kitty Cottage that helps our kitties become more accustomed to interacting with children, and helps kids of all ages enhance their reading skills by providing a totally judgement-free audience. This also helps increase their comfort level around new animals and gives them an opportunity to learn about cat care and rescue. We invite all members of the community to come in any time we’re open with a book (or several) and read silently with, or aloud to, our kitties.