PLEASE HELP US HELP COMPANION ANIMALS AND FERAL CATS!
CAT FOOD BARGAIN SHOPPERS: NVHS volunteers feed over 200 cats daily. We use a tremendous amount of cat food and so we need to buy smart. This volunteer will alert NVHS cat food buyers to sales on the canned and dry food we buy most.
CAT FOOD COUPON CLIPPERS: Clip coupons for the few brands of dry and canned food NVHS volunteers regularly use. Mail coupons to NVHS on a regular basis.
CAT RESCUE TEAM VOLUNTEER: This volunteer opportunity is for experienced cat handlers. Our volunteer Cat Rescue Team members work in the field to rescue and evaluate cats in need. These might be feral cats who need to be TNR’d or they might be friendly, abandoned pets who need to go into our Adoption System. We have competent, compassionate volunteers willing to train. This volunteer position involves handling cats with unknown histories, temperaments and health. It is all about helping cats who need help.
DOG ADOPTION COORDINATOR: This volunteer position is for an experienced dog handler who is competent at dog temperament evaluation. An increasing number of people wanting to surrender their dogs are willing to keep the dog in their home until a new family can be found. You will evaluate the dog, get photos (either yourself or coordinate with volunteer photographer) for the website, interview potential adopters, arrange any necessary veterinary care for the dog and work to get the dog into his or her new forever home.
FERAL CAT FEEDER: You will work with colony or neighborhood cat managersto determine a schedule that works for everyone. Many of our feeders feed everyday. You can choose one meal per week that you will be able to cover every week. Food will be provided by NVHS but you will need to pick it up in Norwood. If you can ever not feed at your assigned time, it is critical that you contact the colony manager and ask them to find a substitute feeder. These cats rely on us for food. We cannot let them down. We are most in need of volunteers to help feed in Stoughton, Norwood (weekday morning), Boston and Dorchester areas.
FOOD DONATION BINS: You will need to find one store that will allow NVHS to place a bin for food donations. It will be your responsibility to secure permission and maintain the bin. We especially need cat food but we can accept dog food which will go to a local dog pound where it will be much appreciated.
FOSTER FAMILY VOLUNTEER (SHORT TERM): We will assign rescued kittens or cats who are friendly, already well-socialized and just need time to wait for their forever families to adopt them. Your foster cats need to start out in a separate room in your home. You do not need to integrate foster cats into your animal family. You may serve as adoption coordinator if you choose but that is not necessary. NVHS will provide veterinary care. We may need to ask you to transport kitteis to vet for spay/neuter appointments. Foster families are critical to our ability to rescue cats in need. WE ARE DESPERATE FOR MORE SHORT-TERM FOSTER HOMES.
LITERATURE CREATION: This volunteer will create awareness-raising flyers and submit to NVHS Board for review. The flyers will be simple, bright, colorful. easy to read. Some topics to consider for flyers are Need for Volunteers, Senior Cat Program, Cat Overpopulation Awareness, Help One Cat Campaign, Low Cost Spay/Neuter and We Need Adopters. You will also be requested to make flyers advertising our special events.
RABBIT FOSTER HOMES: There is a serious rabbit overpopulation problem. NVHS would love to be able to help rabbits in need. The only way we can do this is for a volunteer to offer to be a rabbit foster home. You can keep the bunny in a cage or free-roaming, whatever is comfortable in your home. NVHS willprovide cage, supplies and veterinary care.
SENIOR CAT CARE TEAM MEMBERS: NVHS is working hard to enable senior citizens to share their homes with lovable feline companions. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities needed for this Special Seniors Program. We are in need of a Senior Care Team Coordinator, Senior Cat Support Volunteers and Awareness Builders for this program. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering with this program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPECIAL EVENTS COORDINATORS: If you have a talent for putting on events, we need your help. NVHS has several special events for which we need to prepare – Annual Walk for Animals on Sunday, May 20th (biggest fund raiser of the year), Annual Fun Run on Sunday, September 9th and Puppy Mill Awareness Day in September. We also need to start planning now for NVHS 20 year anniversary celebration in 2013.
SPONSOR CATS PROGRAM: Some of our cats stay in our foster homes for long periods of time. Some have disabilities, some are shy, some are elderly. But they are all loved and cared for by NVHS team members. We need a team coordinator and volunteers to help raise awareness for these long-term foster cats. If you are interested in learning more about this program, please email email@example.com for more information
Other ways to help:
Sponsor a cat. Some cats just don’t get adopted. Some are old. Some did not have the advantage of living among nice people when they were babies and so they are fearful. Some have medical issues. These cats still need a home and someone to love them. We are very fortunate to have foster homes who care for these cats for whom no one else wants to care. If you cannot adopt, maybe consider sponsoring one of these kitties.
Donate items: NVHS volunteers feed many foster cats as well as feral and neighbourhood cats. We are always in need of cat food – canned and dry. Our cats are not fussy but they are hungry. If you are going to donate cat food, please stretch your dollar as far as possible and buy well-priced reasonable quality food.
Spay/neuter your own pet. Every year, millions of healthy adoptable companion animals are killed in overcrowded shelters in the United States due simply to overpopulation. Through responsible pet ownership and spay/neuter, someday every pet will have the loving home he or she deserves. You can be part of the solution by spay/neutering your own pet.