Volunteer Opportunities at CVAS
Because volunteers make all the difference!
Volunteering at CVAS is a great way to help combat animal over-population, homelessness, abuse and suffering. Not only are you helping to improve the lives of needy animals, you also get experience that can boost your resume or college application. Discovering talents and interests that you might not have been aware of can even lead you to a new career path!
At CVAS our volunteers are essential to our ability to help animals. CVAS is operated largely by volunteers, so if we don't have enough volunteers, we can't get the work done and our doors will close - it's that simple. At this time, CVAS is in dire need of volunteers, as well as foster caregivers.
Note: We are temporarily suspending our dog program due to lack of space, but will be planning this winter for a new, revitalized program for 2017.
Volunteers Needed at the Sanctuary
Kennel Assistants for Cats
Nobody wants a dirty cat box in their space! Yuck! We have taken in a LOT of homeless cats in the past several months, and there is so much cleaning to do! It is hard work, but when you see the cats enjoying their newly cleaned space, it feels great! Our kitties also need alot of human interaction to help them find good homes. If you'd like to help with our cats and kittens, please fill out our online application.
We always need folks who like to do outdoor work such as weed whacking (or shoveling snow, depending on the season) and other grounds maintenance, as well as people who like to build and fix things. High school kids are welcome! If you or your bigger kids have some free time and would be willing to help us out with some much-needed work, give Bob a call at: 509-675-2421. For construction tasks or making barn cat pens, call Becca at 509-684-1475. Or fill out our online volunteer application.
Feral Cat program
If you love cats and working outdoors, our TNR program may be perfect for you! We trap and monitor feral cats and feral cat colonies, with the aim of helping to improve quality of life by provided needing medical care, as well as getting all the cats within a colony spayed and neutered. This is essential if we are to reduce the local cat over-population problem in a humane and effective way. Our TNR program is growing and we are always in need of volunteers who have transportation and a let's-fix-this attitude!
If you've got a heart for all cats and want to help get the over-population problem in our county under control in a humane way, please fill out our online volunteer application and specify TNR in the comments section.
If you are interested in helping us with transportation, please fill out our online volunteer application.
Our animals sometimes have to travel, for instance to and from the veterinarian's office, or to a spay/neuter clinic. These are local trips, within Stevens County (usually just within Colville and Chewelah). We need drivers who are willing to take our animals to appointments and bring them home again. CVAS now has its own vehicle which volunteers can use for transporting.
Long Distance Transport
We make monthly to bi-monthly trips to Moses Lake, and sometime to the Seattle area, transporting mainly cats to our partner shelters on the westside. CVAS now has its own vehicle which volunteers can use for transporting.
Photography / Video
Volunteer photographers help CVAS promote pet adoptions by taking pictures of our animals to show them at their best. These photos are typically used on our website, Facebook, Pinterest, and Adopt-a-Pet. Volunteers will need their own digital equipment. We also need photographers occasionally to take pictures at our events or in printed materials like brochures and calenders.
We would also love to start including short video clips of our animals in their listings and on YouTube to better their chances of adoption. We need someone who is experienced at making short video clips, editing and uploading to the internet.
If you are interested in helping us with photography or video, please fill out our online volunteer application or write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
CVAS relies heavily on money and supplies raised through fundraising events in order to continue providing community services and giving our animals what they need. We would love to hear from volunteers with creative ideas, who are passionate about the work we do for the animals. Create your own fundraising events, and/or help us with planning and coordinating our events. Either way, you are bound to have a fun and feel great about making a worthwhile contribution to the shelter, the animals, and the community.
If you are interested in helping us with fundraising, please fill out our online volunteer application
The age limit to help at the Sanctuary without parental supervision is 16 years old. If you are in high school and need to do a senior project we would love to have you do it here at the Sanctuary! We have done this in the past and it worked out great for everyone! We also really enjoy having the high school and college students who volunteer in the summer with cleaning and other tasks.
How do I get started?
If you are ready to start volunteering, please fill out our volunteer form and we will be in touch with you shortly! If you are still unsure and would like to speak with someone to learn more, please call: (509) 684-1475
We hope to hear from you!
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