Below you will see a sample of volunteer opportunities available at Good Mews. Please note that some volunteer opportunities require additional training and may not be available due to the number of volunteers currently serving, legal requirements, etc.
If you are interested in volunteering, we ask that you attend an orientation (orientations are normally held at the shelter on the first Sunday of the month at 2 pm, or the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM, but are subject to change).
Contact our Volunteer Coordinator for more information or to confirm an orientation date.
Help us find good homes for good kitties! Training/job shadowing is required (6-9 months; prefer Saturdays). Must be 21+ and commit to one shift per month! Adoption hours are Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 1-4 or weekdays by appointment. Duties include adoption counselor, greeter, and/or follow-up calls to new adopters after learning our policies.
Clean and Feed:
If you really want to get to know the cats, don’t mind “dirty” work, and crave satisfaction in knowing that your dedication results in a clean, comfortable environment for the cats, then this is the area for you! Must commit to a morning or evening bi-weekly shift (usually 3-4 hours). Children must be age 8+ to volunteer for this committee and must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times.
Members of this committee work with community groups – such as students, scouts troops, and animal welfare groups – on projects or tours of the shelter. They may also be asked to represent Good Mews at speaking engagements, festivals, or other community functions to help publicize Good Mews and its mission, as well as educate the public about animal welfare. Volunteers who enjoy teaching, public speaking, and working with the public are encouraged to sign up.
This committee creates and constantly revises the emergency preparedness plan for the shelter. Members of this committee have required courses that must be completed, including online FEMA classes, animals in disaster courses, and other specialized training.
Volunteers with this committee work to secure crucial funding for Good Mews by seeking out possible grant opportunities, as well as applying for grants. Strong writing and researching skills required. Must be able to work independently with focus on deadlines and follow-up.
Sometimes kitties need extra socializing before they are adoptable. In some cases, they have been neglected or abused; others were never properly socialized as kittens. Kitty Buddies commit to work one-on-one with these cats for a minimum of 30 minutes each week. It’s not just petting and playing; these cats need special attention and hands-on care. For that reason, Kitty Buddy volunteers must first have at least 4 months of experience at Good Mews.
Marketing & Communications:
This committee is responsible for Good Mews’ public image, including branding, media relations, social media, advertising, all printed/ electronic promotional materials, fundraising letters, quarterly newsletters, monthly e-newsletters, Kitty Keeper letters, and any other communications. Committee members have specific skills in marketing strategy, videography, photography, graphic design, public relations, advertising, event planning, research, editing, and writing. Must be 18+ and have relevant experience or be in a relevant course of study.
While Good Mews is fortunate to have area vets donate their time and services to provide quality medical care for our residents, we do not have a staff veterinarian. As a result, trained volunteers help medicate cats twice daily (AM/PM). Training/job shadowing required; must be 21+ and commit to bi-weekly or weekly shift. Experience preferred but not required. Must be comfortable handling all types of purr-sonalities and be willing to learn.
Do you like planning events or throwing parties? Then this is the committee for you! There are several ongoing events that help raise much needed money for Good Mews, and we need people to help us plan these. Don’t worry, you can definitely still have FUN while raising funds! Volunteers are needed to organize annual fundraisers, assist with logistics, plan new events, and more. Consider giving your time and expertise to make a BIG difference for the kitties!
Volunteers are needed to transport cats to and from local vets to free up our vet techs for their shelter duties. Must be at least 18 years old and regularly use email. Trips are usually weekdays during business hours and are scheduled by shelter management.
The volunteer committee helps with monthly orientations, recruits new volunteers for various committees, updates volunteer documents as needed, and tracks volunteer hours for grants.