Volunteer

Carol’s Ferals has the following volunteer opportunities available. To be considered for any of the positions below, please fill out this application:

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A-Team (Adoptable Cat Care Team)

After participating in the care of the adoptable cats, by keeping their area clean, providing food, water, necessary medication, and communicating any issues or updates to the cat care technicians, you get to play with the kittens, talk to the cats, brush the felines, and love up the tabbies.

This is one of Carol’s Ferals most sought-after volunteer opportunities.

TNR Rehab Facility Volunteer

If you have a strong attention to detail and want to learn more technical feline care, opportunities to become a Rehab Facility Volunteer are available.

To be involved as a Rehab Facility Volunteer, you need to support the mission of Carol’s Ferals. and understand that we are working with both feral and semi-feral cats.

The Rehab Facility Volunteer position involves learning, following, and understanding Carol’s Ferals policies and procedures, including very important sanitation guidelines.

Duties will involve cat care and rehabilitation. You will administer medicines. You will also clean and disinfect cages, traps, and carriers, while following strict procedures.

To be considered for this position you must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, be reliable, and have reliable means of transportation. You must also be able to lift 25lbs.

Laundry & Equipment Maintenance Volunteer

To work as a Laundry & Equipment Maintenance Volunteer, you need to be able to follow strict sanitation guidelines, commit to a few hours at least 1 day a week, and be reliable.

Maintenance workers need to be able to work without direction on other small tasks that go along with equipment cleaning and laundry detail; washing litter scoops, food bowls, and other minor objects/tasks.

Handling of bleach and other cleaning solutions will be required.  Volunteers in this area will need to be able to lift and move items weighing up to 25 pounds.

You must be willing to handle pretty icky stuff. Often times, TNR equipment is covered with organic debris including dirt, urine and feces. It’s not for the faint of heart. This is a dirty job. But it’s very rewarding because you will be involved in a large part of enabling us to healthfully help cats in West Michigan. We will supply protection for your clothing as bleach is often used in our cleaning process.

Special Event Volunteer

Carol’s Ferals needs volunteers to help with special events. This could include anything from baking cupcakes for the bake sales, donating items for the rummage sale, helping set up and tear down facilities, or helping to hold and show cats at adoption events.

Foster Family/Bottle Feeder

This is one of the most rewarding jobs at Carol’s Ferals.

Occasionally, Carol’s Ferals gets calls from people who have found litters of kittens with no sign of the mother cat. As a foster for Carol’s Ferals you agree to foster kittens under the age of 8 weeks until they are either old enough, or weigh enough, to be spayed and/or neutered and put into our adoption program.

Fosters must have a spare room/space away from existing pets to stay in and the room must be kitten-safe. Acceptable types of rooms are bathrooms, spare bedrooms, finished basements, or any other furnished/safe room. Unfinished basements, sheds, back porches with a door directly to the outside that is used, or rooms that other pets stay in are examples of rooms that would not work for a foster situation.

There are three different “categories” of fosters:

  • 0-4 weeks old (stage 1)“Bottle Babies”
  • 3-6 weeks old (stage 2) “Weanies”
  • 5-8 weeks old (stage 3). “Toddlers”

You will be placed into one of these categories with each litter, but you may be fostering different stages throughout the year, depending on your experience and availability (bottle babies need much more hands on time vs. toddler-aged kittens, for example).

Because kittens can go downhill health-wise very quickly, especially the bottle babies, we have set up some protocols and guidelines for all of our fosters to follow during their care of these kittens. To be considered for this position, you need to have enough time each day to feed/socialize these kittens on a regular schedule, be able to devote up to 4 – 5 weeks of constant care to these kittens, and be able to calmly handle any situations that arise. You MUST follow all emergency protocol as given and have reliable means of communicating with the medical team.

Foster families must be able to bring all kittens into the facility once a week for a health evaluation by the medical team. All supplies (food, litter, medication, etc) will be provided by Carol’s Ferals. Fosters must also understand that kittens in their care ‘belong’ to Carol’s Ferals and may not be given away to any individuals for any reason; interested parties must fill out an adoption application available through the website.

If you are interested in fostering, please fill out this special application.

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