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Volunteer Opportunities with CatsAlive!slv

Fostering Cats And Kittens

1. Complete a Foster Application and arrange for a Home Inspection
2. Provide a safe and clean location, food, water, love and affection to kitties in need while they wait to be adopted or transferred to an adoption partner.
3. Transport sick cats or kittens to vet appointments and administer treatment as directed by a veterinarian, if needed.
4. Assist with the adoption process if and when appropriate.

Fostering is a limited time commitment, ranging from a few days to a few weeks and can prevent a cat or kitten from being thrown out in the street, fighting for survival. CatsAlive will provide training, guidance and supplies for the proper care of fostered kitties as needed. If a fostered cat requires veterinary care, CatsAlive must be contacted and vet services and payment must be authorized by a CatsAlive respresentative. Fostering is a very important part of our organization's ability to help cats and kittens without the use of a shelter. Fostering in a home setting is ideal to keeping cats and kittens stress-free and healthy while awaiting their 'forever homes'. 

Providing Support for the Feral Friends Program - TNR

1. Complete a CatsAlive Volunteer Application and some basic training on how to trap and transport feral cats
2. Have a safe and suitable* vehicle and current driver's license for transporting feral cats in traps OR - for food donations - a pick-up truck and or trailer with towing capacity for hauling pallets of donated cat food
3. Physical dexterity and the ability to lift at least 20 pounds (ie. a large cat in a trap, large bags of cat food)
4. Good communication skills and a friendly, can-do attitude - to be comfortable talking to people about what you are doing, especially if you are assisting with trapping feral cats in a neighborhood setting
5. Flexibility for getting trapped cats to spay/neuter appointments in a timely manner OR for picking up food donations in the Colorado Springs area (sometimes we get as little as 2 days notice when their is a cat food donation opportunity)

The Feral Friends Program of CatsAlive involves a range of opportunities. More often than not, the people that contact us about a feral cat colony are elderly and compassionate but not physically capable of managing the trapping and transport for surgeries to fix their cats. Ideally, cats are trapped, spayed or neutered, ear-tipped for idenitifcation, and returned to their colony. In cases of large numbers of cats, the trapping process takes time and a certain level of committment to see that all cats are caught and fixed. It also requires some coordination of effort, including making appointments at the participating veterinarian's office, arranging for drop-off and pick-up from the vet, as well as sometimes holding cats overnight for their safety before releasing them back into the colony after surgery.
Additionally, with new resources for cat food donations, once a colony is "completely sterilized", CatsAlive will provide food to help maintain stabilized feral cat colonies, when supplies are available so we need folks to help us get the donations from the Colorado Springs area (Peyton, usually) to a holding location in Alamosa and out to various San Luis Valley locations from there. When funding is available, CatsAlive may reimburse for fuel or mileage.
And, finally, if you live in a valley community with an active feral cat population, why not become a Feral Friends Liason? We need caring and compassionate folks throughout our vast geographical area to help us identify unfixed colonies, get them stabilized through TNR practices and managed. CatsAlive can provide the training, educational materials, traps, food for baiting and communication systems to build a network that will reduce unwanted litters of kittens and the abuse and neglect they are often subjected to.

Volunteering at a Spay/Neuter Clinic

1. Complete a CatsAlive Volunteer Application and any appropriate training
2. Communicate effectively and be able to follow direction, including written and verbal communication
3. Be comfortable multi-tasking during periods of increased activity (ie. hectic clinic drop-off or pick-up)
4. Physical flexibility and the ability to lift at least 20 pounds

Spay/neuter clinics are the foundation of our mission and programs. They are done in various locations, under various conditions but all of the actual surgery and pre-op care and preparation is done by licensed veterinarians and certified vet techs or vet assistants. If you are comfortable and have special skills, such as knowing how to safely and properly hold a cat for examination or sedation, drawing up or administering vaccinations or inserting microchips, we can always assess your abilities and use you in other capacities where appropriate and as needed. Most often, clinic volunteers assist with processing intakes for surgery ( managing/organizing documents), collecting any applicable fees (handling money), putting identification on crates, kennels or traps for pets going into surgery, monitoring pets recovering from surgery and notifying techs or vets of recovery issues, and returning pets to owners with post-surgical instructions and tending to any release documents. 

Supporting CatsAlive!slv with Your Own Special Skills

YOU tell US! You may have amazing abilities that we haven't even thought of so let us know if there's something special you would like to do for us that utilizes your own unique talents. 

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