Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering your time with Kitten Central.  We are not the average rescue; Kitten Central is much more like a medical facility.  We accept orphaned and/or sick neonate kittens from area rescues and our local Animal Control shelter.  Most kittens accepted into our program are younger than 28 days old.

 

Fostering kittens is just a small part of what we do.  Due to the young age of most of our kittens, our main focus is the medical protocol, and it is extensive.  All of our volunteer opportunities revolve around medical care at varying levels and requires a lot of time and hard work.

 

In addition to the outstanding care we give to our charges, the most important thing is that all our volunteers fit well in their areas of interest.  With that said, here is a brief description of volunteer opportunities that Kitten Central offers.  If you find an area that interests you, please  fill out our Volunteer Application.

 

Cat Care / Cleaning

All of our cleaning procedures, both at Kitten Central and in all foster homes, follow the U.C. Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Protocol.  You will learn the safe handling of kittens and how to sanitize their accommodations - whether it is cages, carriers or entire rooms. Daily shifts are available.

 

Duties include but are not limited to:

 

  • Sweeping

  • Cage/Carrier/Litter Box and Sanitation

  • Laundry

  • Changing litter boxes, supplying clean water, food and toys

  • Administering daily medications

  • Bottle feeding

  • Socialization

  • Reporting concerns regarding the kittens housed at Kitten Central to the Medical Lead.

  • And of course, lots of love!

 

Foster Home

The majority of our kittens come to us as newborns and fostering them is a full time job. Feeding, observation and care is required 24 hours a day.  Kitten Central medical staff is available 24/7 to assist our kitten fosters and clients when needed.

 

There are several kitten age groups available for fostering, all of which may or may not require administering of daily medications.

 

  • Newborns (1-28 days): The fragile nature of these kittens can be very emotionally draining, especially during critical times, so if you are not up for that, we understand.  Fostering neonate kittens is not for everyone. These kittens will need to be fed as often as every 2 to 3 hours, but normally every 4 to 5 hours. This requires getting up at least once or twice during the night.  The foster is required to keep accurate records and weigh daily.

 

  • Bath Babies (4-6 weeks):  These kittens are transitioning from bottle to solid food and often need bathing several times a day since they are learning how to eat out of a bowl and use a litter box.  The foster must keep accurate records on the kitten’s progress and weight daily.

 

  • Self-Sufficient (6+ weeks):  These kittens still need daily care and socialization.  Fosters must keep accurate records and weigh the kittens daily.  Fosters are also responsible for writing a biography (short description) for each kitten and entering both the biography and photos in our online database. 

 

All Fosters are required to bring their kittens to regularly scheduled appointments at Kitten Central every 14 to 21 days.  Fosters receive training on all of the required tasks, including computer input.  A computer will be available at Kitten Central for data input if you do not have access to one.

 

Medical Assistant

Medical Assistants are trained to assist the Medical Lead in providing the daily hands-on, age appropriate medical care to each kitten. Duties include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Helping with Exams (taking temperatures, trimming nails, weighing, drawing medications)

  • Recording exam notes

  • Administering vaccines, wormers and medications

  • Giving Lyme baths

  • Answering phones

  • Inventory control and organization

  • Backing up Cat Care staff

 

Shifts are one day a week, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The appointments are normally completed well before 3:00 p.m., but you must be available during the entire shift in case we have new litter intakes or emergencies that come up. 

 

Administrative

Living in close proximity to Kitten Central is a plus and you must have a computer or laptop. This is an on call, as needed position, that can range from 10 minutes to 2 hours per need. Duties include but are not limited to data entry, assistance with intake paperwork and preparing adoption files.   

 

Transporter

Transporters are on call for occasional emergency pickups of neonate kittens or may be asked to transport kittens to vet appointments, Animal Spay & Neuter Clinic appointments (this is a fixed schedule) and vet clearance appointments.

 

Fundraising

The labor intensive work of Kitten Central leaves very little time for fundraising events to keep our doors open throughout the year, so we are always looking for creative, hard working volunteers to assist with our established fundraising events or has the initiative to plan, manage and implement new ideas.

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