Volunteer

Volunteers are the key to our success!
Volunteers are heroes. Heroes that save lives!

Check out our volunteer programs to find your purr-fect match!

Volunteer Department Contact
volunteer@catdepot.org
941.366.2404 ext. 310

Adults (18+)

As a volunteer at Cat Depot, you will have the opportunity to help cats, our visitors, and the community through rescue, care, and education.

Requirements

  • 18+ years old
  • Must complete an interview and orientation to be considered for placement
  • Must commit to 4 hours of outreach events a year
  • $20 fee due at orientation to cover t-shirt, name tag and training

 

Volunteer Department Contact
volunteer@catdepot.org
941.366.2404 ext. 310

Student

Cat Depot offers many opportunities for students to complete their community service hours for school. We have two volunteer options available for students. 

Student Volunteer Program 

  • 16 – 18 years old
  • Academic excellence
  • Must attend orientation
  • Must commit to one shift a week for the first eight weeks
  • $20 fee due at orientation to cover t-shirt, name tag and training
Student Donation Drive Program

Learn how to host a donation drive for our monthly community food bank to help provide food for hundreds of personal pets in need as well as community/free-roaming cats in Sarasota and Manatee counties. 

Program eligible for student community service hours.

  • 14 – 18 years old
  • Must attend a learning session
  • $10 fee due at session to cover t-shirt and training

Volunteer Department Contact
volunteer@catdepot.org
941.366.2404 ext. 310

Groups

If you are looking for a way to get your group connected with Cat Depot – look no further!

We are offering volunteer opportunities for groups of as little as five people to as many as 20 people, through our Corporate & Group Volunteer program.

Please fill out the request form and email our volunteer office to reserve your next volunteer outing at Cat Depot!

Volunteer Department Contact
volunteer@catdepot.org
941.366.2404 ext. 310

Community Service

Court Ordered Community Service is Also Accepted

Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older with a minimum 20 hours assigned
  • Cannot have been charged with a violent crime or grand theft
  • Must complete an interview and orientation to be considered for placement

Please contact Cat Depot at 941.366.2404 x 303 and leave a message. You will receive a return phone call ONLY if space is available within the Court Ordered Community Service program. Please make sure to inquire at other organizations/facilities for placement in the event you do not receive a return call.

Community Service Department Contact
941.366.2404 ext. 303

Foster

Cat Depot would not be able to save so many lives without its dedicated foster parents.

Our foster care program provides temporary safe and loving homes to kittens and cats until they can return to our center and be adopted by their new family. This program offers a second chance to many animals who would not thrive in a shelter environment. 

Fostering is eligible for student community service hours.

Requirements

  • Must complete an interview, orientation and foster training
  • $20 fee due at orientation to cover t-shirt, name tag and training
  • If under 16 years of age, parent/ guardian enrollment is required

Volunteer Department Contact
volunteer@catdepot.org
941.366.2404 ext. 310

Volunteer Program 16 Years & Older

Thank you for your interest in serving Cat Depot as a volunteer!

We are currently recruiting for the following positions, and ask that volunteers applying are 16 years or older unless where noted. Thank you for your support of Cat Depot!

Available Positions
Gift Shop / Front Desk

Serve as the first point of contact with Cat Depot visitors. Volunteers assist our guests from purchasing merchandise to fielding questions and answering telephones. This is a challenging, yet rewarding position, vital for our daily operations.

  • Shift Times: Weekdays: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or 3 to 7 p.m.
  • Commitment: 1 day a week for a minimum of 3 months
  • Minimum Age: 18
Cat Care

Volunteers perform a variety of tasks, such as cleaning cat cages and litter boxes, washing dishes, and doing laundry. Specially trained volunteers partnered with staff can assist with feeding the cats.

  • Shift Times: Daily 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.​
  • Commitment: 1 day a week for a minimum of 3 months
  • Minimum Age: 18
Education Program and Outreach Assistants

Program Assistants perform a variety of duties, including providing tours to groups, directing potential adopters to the adoption floor, and assisting with tours and programs for all ages.  Volunteers also spend time working with cats most in need of attention and will also have opportunities to help during outreach events, including informational table displays at places like PetSmart and Whole Foods.

  • Shift Times: 2 hour blocks, based on availability
  • Commitment: 2 days a month for a minimum of 6 months
  • Commitment: ALL volunteers are required to perform 4 hours of outreach assistance per year
Fostering

Please email us at volunteer@catdepot.org for more information regarding our foster program.

Ready to Apply?

Apply for our volunteer program today!

After an interview and participation in our orientation, selected volunteer applicants will begin their service and complete on-site training with experienced volunteers and staff.