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Adult Volunteering


Adult Volunteering

Volunteering at SAFE Haven for Cats

The Life Saving Force behind the Scenes

We have 300 dedicated volunteers that are compassionate and hardworking. We would not be able to save lives and do what we do without them. We are excited to continue to grow our volunteer team and continue to make a difference in cats’ lives and the community.

Who to contact:
Ginger Rice, Volunteer coordinator
(919) 341-4103

We value our SAFE Haven volunteers and thank them every day.

Except for ten full-time, paid positions, volunteers complete all the tasks involved in running the shelter and getting the cats and kittens ready for adoption.

  • Volunteers work at SAFE Haven every day. Anyone age 16 or older who has a compassionate heart and a few hours a month can volunteer at SAFE Haven.
  • SAFE Haven provides a safe and pleasant environment.
  • We house the cats in unique community housing rooms and in roomy, open-sided cat enclosures providing a 360-degree view of them – and they have one of you, too! Two large playrooms are available for one-on-one visits with the cats.
  • SAFE Haven has an excellent safety record, and volunteers are always under supervision while at the shelter. SAFE Haven is inspected annually and is licensed by the NC Department of Agriculture, Veterinary Division.

What to Expect:

  • Personal tour of the shelter
  • Training and supervision
  • Refreshments provided at all times
  • All appropriate equipment as needed
  • Easy online sign up system
  • Weekly email update on adoptions and volunteer needs
  • A great hands-on experience
  • Social activities
  • And the CATS!

The basics of volunteering at SAFE Haven:

  • Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to volunteer on their own but youth opportunities are available, see below.
  • Must commit to volunteering at least four hours per month (two shifts).
  • It is helpful to have access to internet and email because SAFE Haven uses an online volunteer management/sign up system called Better Impact. But you are also able to call us.
  • Must be able to follow written and verbal instructions, and work well with others.
  • Must read through our Volunteer Handbook before the start of their first shift.
  • Please read about our Volunteer Opportunities, Foster Program and Youth Opportunities to decide if volunteering is right for you. Also see our Volunteer FAQ section.

You can also take a virtual tour of the SAFE Haven shelter via this video:

SAFE Haven for Cats video tour (7:11)

General Volunteering Videos:

Cathy Biondi on Volunteering (2:54)

Volunteer Clean-up Crew with Anna (1:47)

The next steps to becoming a volunteer are:

  • Attend one of our Volunteer Information Sessions that are held six times a year. See our calendar to sign up for the next one.
  • Complete a volunteer application online. Once completed our volunteer coordinator with be in contact with you right away.

Upcoming Volunteer & Adoption Events

Adoption Event at PetPeople

February 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Are you thinking about adding a new cat to your family? Join us for a kitty meet and greet at PetPeo...

March Volunteer Information Session

March 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Do you love cats and want to help your community? Then consider joining our volunteer team! We are s...

Adoption Event at PetPeople

March 21 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Are you thinking about adding a new cat to your family? Join us for a kitty meet and greet at PetPeo...

16th Annual Tuxedo Cat Ball

April 17 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
An exciting evening with surprise announcements to kick off SAFE Haven’s third decade of lifesavin...

Adoption Event at PetPeople

April 25 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Are you thinking about adding a new cat to your family? Join us for a kitty meet and greet at PetPeo...

Featured Cat

My name is Prism and I am ready for adoption. Learn more about me!
Male - Kitten

Shelter Tour Video: