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
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)
Upcoming Volunteer & Adoption Events
Shelter Tour Video: