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Volunteer with The Comfie Cat Shelter

Please complete the volunteer application below to let us know how you can help!

Front Desk Reception Volunteers

The Comfie Cat Shelter is looking for volunteers! If you are an animal lover (especially cats!) or perhaps a retiree with some free time, this would be the perfect place for you!

 

We have volunteers who provide assistance on a regular basis, others who help with specific events such as fundraising, garage sales and Christmas dinner/silent auctions. If you would be interested in donating some time towards this worthy cause, please fill out the application below.

Front Desk Reception Volunteer Position:

Time Commitment

4-6 hours per week, you pick your day. A minimum commitment of 3 months is required. Hours 10am-4pm (or at least part of that timeframe, coverage in the afternoon is most helpful, you pick your day)

Role Description
  • Greet visitors - You will be the first point of contact

  • Answer phones

  • Handle emails

  • Provide responses to any general questions on adoption/surrender/volunteering

  • Relay any urgent concerns to the appropriate team member

Qualifications
  • 18 years of age minimum

  • Excellent customer service skills

  • Speak and write in clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate communication tools and techniques

  • Self-motivated and detail oriented

  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others inside and outside of The Comfie Cat Shelter

  • Must be passionate about animal welfare

Morning Shelter Feeders:

Time Commitment

2 hours once per week (or more days if you wish), you pick your day. A minimum commitment of 3 months is required.

Hours 8:30-10:30am

Role Description

  • Feed all cats in containment rooms

  • Feed all cats within the corridors of the shelter

  • Feed all cats in infirmary

  • After feeding is complete, condense multiple food bowl remains into single large plate and remove dirty dishes and take back to kitchen

  • Rinse all aluminum tins and put outside in supplied recycle bins

  • Clean kitchen area and wash up dishes/load dishwasher

Qualifications
  • 18 year of age minimum

  • Able to be at the shelter to begin on time (these kitties get real excited for their breakfast)

  • Must be self-motivated and detail oriented

  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others inside and outside of The Comfie Cat Shelter

  • Must love cats 

Urgently looking for Animal Cleaning Team Member Volunteers

Animal Cleaning Team Member

While not the most glamorous role, our Animal Cleaning Team play a vital role in assisting the shelter to function. It is a critical part of keeping the cats healthy and safe while in care at the shelter.
Time Commitment

1-3 hours once per week (or more days if you wish), you pick your day. A minimum commitment of 3 months is required.

Morning Hours 10am-1pm (or at least some of that)

Afternoon Hours 2-5pm (or at least some of that)

Role Description

Note: The following duties will be dispersed evenly between available volunteer cleaners

  • Arrive onsite for 10am for the morning shift

  • Retrieve any remaining dirty dishes from morning feeding

  • Pick your room to clean and follow our easy step-by-step process:

  1. Clean/refresh all existing cat boxes of fecal matter and replace boxes with clean ones

  2. Sweep room area, moving obstacles out of the way and replacing when done

  3. Wipe down walls and perch surfaces with supplied required cleaner

  4. Complete room by mopping floor with supplied required cleaner

  • This format is to be followed for every room until rooms have been reset

  • Please return all mop buckets, mops, brooms, fecal bins and cleaning supplies back to their proper location at end of shift so no items are cluttering the hallway

  • Hallway is mopped at the very end

  • We encourage each volunteer to engage with cats for socialization and enrichment purposes upon room completion, it is a win/win for both cats and volunteers

  • We ask all volunteers interacting with cats in the rooms they are responsible for, to identify and report any behavioural concerns

Qualifications
  • 12-15 year olds must be accompanied by a parent, otherwise minimum age is 16+

  • Able to be at the shelter to begin on time

  • Must be self-motivated, detail oriented and work independently

  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others inside and outside of The Comfie Cat Shelter

  • Must love cats 

*If you are unable to perform a task above (eg. you don't have a car) please let us know when asked.

**Should you choose to volunteer specifically for weekend cleaning, we ask that you commit to 2 Saturdays OR 2 Sundays a month. 

Kitchen Helper Team Member

While not the most glamorous role, our Animal Cleaning Team play a vital role in assisting the shelter to function. It is a critical part of keeping the cats healthy and safe while in care at the shelter.
Time Commitment

1-3 hours once per week (or more days if you wish), you pick your day and pick your choice of morning or afternoon. A minimum commitment of 3 months is required.

Role Description

  • Arrive onsite for morning or afternoon shift

  • Fill dishwasher and run it

  • Wash any remaining dishes or empty dishwasher once cleaned

  • Put away all clean dishes and minor cupboard organzing

  • Wash any litter pans ready for cleaning

  • Sweep the kitchen floor with a good once over

Qualifications
  • 12-15 year olds must be accompanied by a parent, otherwise minimum age is 16+

  • Able to be at the shelter to begin on time

  • Must be self-motivated, detail oriented and work independently

  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others inside and outside of The Comfie Cat Shelter

  • Must love cats 

Adoption Centre at Petsmart Orillia

Time Commitment

1-3 hours once per week (or more days if you wish), you pick your day and time within store hours. A minimum commitment of 3 months is required.

Role Description

  • Feed all cats in condos (six condos total)

  • Provide fresh water for cats in condos as refresh water in community area while they are socializing

  • Clean litter boxes in condos and the one in social area

  • Reset (clean) kitty condos

  • Record cat health (what you have observed ie. eating/drinking/voiding etc. within log book

  • Must be able to assist potential adopter in filling out adoption application. NOTE you will not be processing the adoptions

  • Enjoy time playing and socializing with kitties.

Qualifications
  • 19 year of age minimum

  • Able to lift kitties into condos

  • Must be self-motivated and detail oriented

  • Must love cats 

Feline Socializer

Time Commitment

Any afternoon between 2-4pm once per week (or more days if you wish), you pick your day. A minimum commitment of 3 months is required.

Role Description

  • Playing with the cats, engaging, petting, gaining trust of some felines that may not be as social

  • Brushing/grooming and checking ear cleanliness

  • Observe any medical distress concerns and reporting it to management

Qualifications
  • You will be required to sign a waiver of non-liability regarding possible bites, scratches and the like.

  • Minimum age 19

  • Must love cats 

*This position does NOT qualify for student volunteer hours.

Special Interest Volunteer Positions:

Special areas of interest are in need of volunteers. These skills or qualifications which have to be discussed with the Manager. For example, only Vet Tech students or others with health care experience would be allowed to administer medications or deal with cat health issues in the infirmary. Many of the tasks below require time in the evening and/or weekends. 

  • Events/Fundraising Committee

  • Communications Committee

  • Maintenance/Repairs

  • Computer/Administration

  • Vet Assistant/Vet Tech Student

  • Photographer

Cleaning Volunteers
Moring Feeder Volunteers
Petsmart Voluneer
Kitchen Helper
Feline Socializer
Volunteer Application
Volunteer Application
Check the option that best describes you age group
Availability for cleaning or front desk positions. Check after you have read the notes below.
Volunteer Position of Interest

*Volunteer Affirmation, Confidentiality Agreement and Liability Waiver*

 

Affirmation: By submitting the above application form, you affirm that the facts set forth in it are true and complete. You understand that if you are accepted as a volunteer, any false statements, omissions, or other misrepresentations made by you on this application may result in your immediate release as a volunteer.

Confidentiality Agreement: At all times, you agree to respect the privacy and dignity of the animals, clients, donors and volunteers (including board members) and will follow the mission, vision, philosophy and mandate of The Comfie Cat Shelter. You acknowledge that, as a volunteer of The Comfie Cat Shelter, you may have access to private and confidential information or documents pertaining to clients, donors, volunteers, staff and/or Board members.

 

For all private and confidential material, you agree to exercise reasonable care and caution to protect and maintain total confidentiality. You will not read records or discuss related information unless there is a legitimate purpose. You will not discuss confidential Shelter information with others, including immediate family members, who are not also volunteers of The Comfie Cat Shelter, during and after your tenure as a volunteer.

 

You agree not to remove, temporarily or permanently, any confidential records or information from the premises of the shelter without the express consent of the Shelter Manager.

 

You agree to release any information and/or physical assets of The Comfie Cat Shelter (eg. Website administrator passwords, electronic files, key) to the Shelter immediately upon your cessation as a volunteer. By submitting the above application, you affirm that you have read, understand, agree to and will abide by this Confidentiality Agreement and grant The Comfie Cat Shelter permission to contact the references listed in the application.

Liability Waiver: You acknowledge that, as a volunteer of The Comfie Cat Shelter, you may be in regular contact with pets and this may include assisting with pet adoptions at other venues.

 

You understand that The Comfie Cat Shelter is not responsible for any illness or injury caused by any animals you come in contact with during my volunteer work.

 

You agree to hold harmless and release from liability The Comfie Cat Shelter should I become sick or injure as a result of my volunteer work.

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