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.**
Companion Cats for Seniors
Barn Buddy Program
Infants, Toddlers & Kittens
Adult vs. Kitten
Next Adoption Days
Cat Adoption Application
Dog Adoption Application
Meet the Humans Behind HEART
Foster Home Application - Cats
Foster Parent Testimonials
Make A Donation
Sponsor an Animal
Tributes & Memorials
Other Ways to Help
Update on Past Events
HEART FOR DOGS
HOW YOU CAN HELP
HELP ME HEAL
SPAY & NEUTER HELP
CATS FOR SENIORS PROGRAM
CAT CARE & TIPS
LOST & FOUND
BUSINESSES WITH HEART
MADDIE’S PET RESCUE PROJECT IN ERIE COUNTY
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.
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.
Respond to adoption calls on phone line or adoption inquiries e-mails.
Review adoption application/perform pre-adoption interviews.
Facilitate introductions between cats and potential adopters.
Perform adoption follow-up phone calls.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
Respond to calls for help on our phone line or respond to e-mail requests for help.
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