Last week we posted an article about 9 Purr-Worthy Jobs for Crazy Cat Ladies that featured nine ways to turn your passion for cats into a career. There are, of course, many ways to help save and enhance the lives of cats that don’t involve working 40 hours per week.
You can volunteer to help cats in your spare time, either on your own or with an established organization. Think about what skills you have and how you can translate them to animal rescue. Don’t worry if you can’t think of any applicable skills — many rescue organizations are more than willing to train people who are passionate about the work.
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1. Volunteer at a shelter
Shelters are teeming with volunteer opportunities. Each organization has different roles and needs, but many shelters need volunteers to:
- Clean cages and free-roaming spaces
- Groom, pet, and socialize cats
- Administer medications
- Transport cats to veterinarian appointments, foster homes, or adoption events
- Foster kittens or other cats that need a quiet home environment to thrive or heal
- Serve on the Board of Directors
- Participate in community outreach programs and adoption events
Many shelters have websites that outline their specific volunteer needs and the process for getting started.