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Youth Volunteering

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Youth Volunteering
Youth Volunteering Opportunities

For safety and insurance reasons, you must be at least 16 years old to volunteer in the shelter without a parent or guardian, however, you can still help cats! There are many ways in which you can make a difference in the lives of animals in our shelter and in our community. See the opportunities below.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities please have a parent or guardian complete the Youth Volunteer Application.

Shelter Cleaning Team – Youth Opportunity. 13-15 with parental supervision, not suitable for children under 13.
Scoop litter boxes, change bedding and toys, fill water bowls and sweep the floor. Shifts are from 9:00 am – 11:00 am every day of the week. Volunteers can be 13-15 years old with parental supervision.

Litter Box Team – Youth Opportunity. 10-15 with parental supervision.
Remove litter boxes from the cats’ cages, replace them with clean, new ones. Shifts are Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:00pm. Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds and kneel/crouch. Volunteers can be 10-15 years old with parental supervision.

Special Events – Youth Opportunity – Varies according to the event.
Volunteer at special events in the community. Minimum age varies according to the event.

Pet Food Pantry – Youth Opportunity. 10-15 with parental supervision.
Assist with monthly food distribution from our Pet Food Pantry, engage with the public and answer questions about SAFE Haven and SAFE Care. Meets the first Saturday of the month from 8:30 am -10:30 am. Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds and be comfortable being outdoors. Volunteers can be 10-15 years old with parental supervision.

Mouse Makers – Youth Opportunity. 10-15 with parental supervision.
Make homemade catnip mice. Mouse Makers meet the first Saturday of every month from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the SAFE Care Clinic. Volunteers can be 10-15 years old with parental supervision.

Read to the Cats! (ages 6-10 years old)
Whiskers & Words offers children a chance to read aloud to our cats. The child can read to the cats for an hour and a parent must be present the entire time. Currently we offer this program on Mondays and Thursdays from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

Requirements:

  • Children should not be rowdy or loud.
  • Children cannot be alone with a cat at any time.
  • Children must be under a parent’s supervision at all times, and must follow instructions given by and the parent and/or staff.

DIY Pet Projects
Do you like making arts and crafts? Click on the following links for instructions on how to make toys or beds for SAFE Haven cats! Once these projects are complete please contact volunteer@safehavenforcats.org and we will set up at date for you and your child to drop of the items at the shelter and spend some time with the cats in a playroom.

Cat bed:
https://www.instructables.com/id/No-Sew-Pet-Bed/

Knotty Spider from Friskies:
https://www.purina.com/sites/g/files/auxxlc196/files/2019-04/1003-diy_female_knotty-spider.pdf

Feather wine cork toy:
https://sweettmakesthree.com/make-your-own-cat-toys/

Braided rope toy (Cats love them too):
http://www.craftstylish.com/item/40243/how-to-make-a-super-quick-dog-toy

Felt Cat Toys (Fish and Dinosaur):
http://www.instructables.com/id/2-Felt-Cat-Toys-Fish-and-Dinosaur/

Donation Drives!
Organize a donation drive!
Donation drives are a lot of fun. Collect food, bed and toys for SAFE Haven for Cats. Create colorful posters, flyers, and banners to advertise your drive.

Set up drives at:

  • Your school
  • Church
  • Scouting Groups
  • Neighborhood

Drop your donations off at our shelter and see how your donations make a difference. You can find our wish list at Amazon Wish List.

Have Fun Raising Funds!
Fundraising Events
Raise money for the cats by hosting a:

  • Car Wash
  • Bake Sale
  • Lemonade Stand
  • Birthday Party
  • Athletic Tournament (volleyball, tennis, baseball etc.)

Advertise your event in advance throughout your community. Donate the proceeds to support SAFE Haven for Cats. Know you’re making a difference in the lives of cats.

We can supply you with:

  • SAFE Haven logo for you to print and use
  • Informational Brochures

Due to the number of requests we receive, SAFE Haven for Cats is unable to:

  • Send a representative to participate in the event
  • Distribute posters or literature for your event at our shelter
  • Supply adoptable animals for your event
  • Send emails to the SAFE Haven audience promoting your event
  • Promote your event on social media channels

While we may be able to provide guidance for your event, we do not have the personnel to handle the organizational and administrative tasks associated with third-party events.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities please have a parent or guardian complete the Youth Volunteer Application.

Upcoming Volunteer & Adoption Events

CANCELED – Adoption Event at PetPeople

April 25 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. Are you thinking about adding a new cat to your family? Join us for a ...

CANCELED – May Volunteer Information Session

May 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. Do you love cats and want to help your community? Then consider joinin...

Adoption Event at PetPeople

May 30 @ 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...

Adoption Event at PetPeople

June 20 @ 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...

Adoption Event at PetPeople

July 18 @ 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...

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