SAVING ANIMALS LIVES...THE HEART OF WHAT WE DO.

Help HEART place unadoptable rescue cats in safe, warm barn environments or warehouses.


**Please Help Us Continue Our Mission. Your Help is Needed with Donations and for Volunteers, Foster Homes and Forever homes.**
 
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Volunteer Requirements & Opportunities

DO YOU HAVE A “HEART” FOR ANIMALS IN NEED?

HEART relies solely on the time, energy, and dedication of volunteers. Brought together by a love of animals, our volunteers save the lives of hundreds of animals each year. HEART volunteers don’t just love animals; they put their love of animals into action. It's true that no one person can save them all…but if you can make a difference in the life of just one animal, your contribution is invaluable.


VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be 18 years of age or older.
  • You must complete a volunteer application.
  • Volunteers must attend Volunteer Orientation.
  • Volunteers must sign a Release & Hold Harmless Agreement.
  • Volunteers are expected to perform a regular “paws on” assignment.
  • Volunteers must be able to commit to scheduled volunteer times.

    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITES

    ADOPTION COUNSELOR
  • Respond to adoption calls on phone line or adoption inquiries e-mails.
  • Review adoption application/perform pre-adoption interviews.
  • Approve adoptions.
  • Facilitate introductions between cats and potential adopters.
  • Perform adoption follow-up phone calls.

    ADOPTION SHOWS
  • Help manage mobile adoption events.
  • Work cat adoption shows.
  • Coordinate workers for adoption shows.
  • Set up or take down adoption shows.
  • Help transport cats to/from adoption shows

    CAREGIVER (PETSMART ORCHARD PARK)
  • Work directly with HEART cats staying overnight.
  • Help keep cats happy & content with clean cages, food, water, and attention.
  • PM shifts available.

    CRAFTS
  • Sew or stuff catnip kick sticks (we sell hundreds of these each year).
  • Do you have a flair for decorating cookies? Frost and decorate fancy dog biscuits.

    FOSTER PARENT
    Welcome a cat or kittens into your home and care for them until adoption. You can read more about this position by visiting our Foster Page.

    FOSTER CARE ASSISTANT
  • Assist Foster Home Coordinator in screening potential foster parents.
  • Coordinate foster animals for adoption shows.
  • Make home visits to potential foster homes.

    FUNDRAISING
  • Initiate and organize fundraising campaigns and special events
  • Serve as chairperson for a major fundraiser.
  • Assist with an event by helping with set-up/clean-up, serving, auctions, raffles.

    GRANT WRITING
    Do you have creative grant-writing expertise to help us identify foundation and corporate grants and to prepare formal grant applications?
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    HUMANE EDUCATION
  • Visit schools to teach children lessons on the care of animals and the responsibilities of pet ownership and the important work of HEART.
  • Manage our Scout Program.

    MARKETING/PUBLIC RELATIONS
  • Help broaden the awareness of HEART in the community.
  • Look for opportunities to participate in community events to promote HEART.
  • Look for media opportunities to promote HEART.
  • Serve as liaison to local media (TV, radio, newspapers).

    PET ADOPTION CENTER (HAMBURG)
  • Maintenance Assistant: Provide important behind the scenes help caring for the cats, cleaning, and preparing the adoption center to be open to the public.
  • Adoption Assistant: Work at adoption center when it is open to answer phone calls from the public, greet visitors, answer questions about adoption and HEART procedures; answer general questions about basic cat behavior and care; facilitate introductions between cats and potential adopters.

    PUBLIC OUTREACH/SPECIAL EVENTS
  • Speak to community groups to promote an understanding of pet overpopulation, the plight of homeless animals, and the important work HEART does.
  • Liaison for organizations that wish to raise money or collect supplies for HEART.

    RECRUITMENT/RETENTION
  • Find new ways to recruit new volunteers and ways to retain existing volunteers.
  • Organize membership drives.
  • Set up volunteer information tables at special events and community events.

    RESCUE ASSISTANT
    Respond to calls for help on our phone line or respond to e-mail requests for help.

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