Volunteer

Cats R Us is comprised of cat lovers who volunteer at shelters, events, or remotely. An hour a week helps keep the little ones clean, fed, and healthy. Here are some of the various positions we always have available:

Shelter Workers: Feed cats and clean at one of our two shelters in Arnold or Riva. As little as one shift per week can help feed a lot of little mouths and only takes around 90 minutes. Duties typically consist of feeding, litter box scooping, fresh water refills, medicating when applicable, and other light cleaning (sweeping/mopping/wiping down surfaces). Sporadic ‘deep cleans’ are required since over time a lot of paws can track a lot of dirt, even though they’re all indoors. Share a shift with a friend or family member- everyone is welcome. Your first few shifts will shadow a veteran so you can learn our tips & tricks.

Socializers: Some of our cats are shy or scared after being abandoned (who wouldn’t be?). The more social they are, the faster they can be adopted. Since everyone is already fed, this position can be done at any time. Volunteers must be prepared for a lot of head butts & demands for snacks. Light duties such as belly rubs and cuddling are typically required.

Foster Parents: Foster kittens that have been separated from their mothers while they await adoption. We also allow for adult cat fosters to make room for new kittens at the shelters or recently abandoned cats found. This is a great way to help some of our shy cats that don’t do well in a multi-cat environment.

Foster Nurses: Some of our cats need extra TLC & require rehabilitation from illness or injury. Transporting shelter cats for doctor visits to and/or from also greatly reduce the workload from our shelter volunteers.

Feral Feeders: Assist in managing colonies, refilling food and water stations, and observing for tamed cats. Too often we find abandoned tame cats thrown to fend for themselves into a colony of community cats. If we catch them soon enough we can get them socialized and placed for adoption.

Construction/Maintenance: Help keep our shelters safe and secure for the cats (and our volunteers). Installation of cat doors, replace aging materials, repair gutters, install & remove a/c units seasonally, etc. Any DIY’er can help — from light maintenance to electrical & plumbing — every little bit helps.

Benefactors: Donate tax-deductible funds to pay for food and veterinary care for the homeless and abandoned cats.

If you would like to volunteer in any of these ways, please contact us by e-mail at volunteer@catsrusrescue.com or through our contact form. No experience is needed, training will be provided, just bring love and prepare for a lot of head butts. You will also have to complete the volunteer waiver and release form which can be completed online here.

We Need Humans!

Yes you heard that right! We're in immediate need of volunteers for morning & evening feeding/cleaning shifts at our Arnold, MD shelter. It only takes about 90 minutes with weekend as well as weekday morning and evening shifts available. Contact us or check out our volunteer page for more info.
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