Help Even More Cats by Volunteering
Wouldn’t it be awesome if every adoptable cat had a loving home like yours? While you can’t adopt them all, you can help by volunteering. There are so many ways to help homeless cats, and every little bit counts. Here are a few ways you can help more cats find their forever homes.
Volunteer at a Shelter
Behind every animal shelter is a group of dedicated volunteers that keep it–and the pets–thriving. They can always use help with tasks like feeding and brushing the cats, cleaning litter boxes, answering phone calls and bringing cats to adoption events. Even just an hour a week is greatly appreciated by all, especially the cats. Shelters are often stressful environments for cats, so volunteers can help soothe them by giving affection and one-on-one playtime.
Share Your Talents
Do you like to take pictures? Share your talent and help adoptable cats get adopted! Great pictures that show off pets’ personalities are proven to help them get adopted faster. Cats especially can look fearful or withdrawn in shelter photos. Capturing them being friendly or playful will improve their appeal. Ask your local animal shelter or rescue group if you can take pictures of their adoptable cats for their Petfinder profiles. For the best photos, try to be near a window for natural light instead of a flash, get down to the cat’s level, and use treats or toys to get her to look at the camera.
Do you have a knack for planning events? Are you a professional groomer? Are you handy with tools or have a way with words? From planning a fundraiser to building cat towers or writing a newsletter, there are many talents that could benefit a shelter. Ask an adoption organization if you can contribute yours.
Foster an Adoptable Cat
Fostering an adoptable cat can be incredibly rewarding, and is very important to rescue groups as well. Foster parents care for adoptable cats in their homes until they are placed with their forever families. It’s a big commitment, but the benefits far outweigh the challenges. In addition to giving these cats food, water and a temporary loving home, these amazing pet parents also help socialize the cats and prepare them for their future homes. Some adoptable pets may have had difficult pasts. Foster parents may be the first to show these cats what it’s like to feel safe, loved and comfortable. Fostering also helps alleviate overcrowding in shelters. At rescue shelters, when a cat is brought into foster care, a space opens at the shelter, allowing them to help another homeless cat in need.
Spread the Word
In addition to volunteering your time, you can volunteer information. If you care about an adoption organization and its pets, spread the word about it! Share information about the organization on social media, and help promote their fundraising events. Word of mouth is a powerful marketing tool. Have a friend who could use a feline companion? Ask her if she’d consider adopting a cat from the shelter or rescue group. The next time someone compliments your cat, say, “Thanks! We adopted her from [shelter]. It’s a great organization.”
Every cat deserves a good home. Volunteering can help make it happen. When you volunteer, you’re not just helping shelter cats. You’re helping future members of someone’s family.