Habitat for Cats

1322 Ashley Blvd, New Bedford, MA 02745
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Our mission Habitat for Cats is a nonprofit, all volunteer organization specializing in trap-neuter-return of feral and abandoned cats.

Habitat for Cats

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Adoption Receptionist

Volunteers are needed in the afternoon and/or evening hours to present cats available for adoption to the public. This involves greeting a client, explaining the adoption process & application, and presenting the foster cats available for adoption. Adoptions would be completed by an adoption councilor and are conducted at Habitat's Store Front Adoption office. A commitment of 2-3 hours, once a week or every other week is desired.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Clerical Assistance

Our volunteers do so many different things but paperwork is the last thing to get done. We need a few volunteers to do filing, organizing, copying, mailing, etc. at the Adoption Center. This is a wonderful opportunity for someone who likes the company of cats but does not want to be involved in direct care. A commitment of 1 to 2 hours a week would help us to prepare for Adoption Days and respond to mailings.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work, Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Grant and Proposal Development

A volunteer is needed to do research on available grants and awards applicable to Habitat for Cats programs. Access to a computer and email is necessary. Volunteer should be able to co-ordinate information for grants, develop and organize information and grant application package. Sample grants are available and volunteer would be working with other members of the organization.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Fundraising and Tabling

Fundraising involves planning, organizing and implementing events such as spaghetti suppers, bake sales, yard sales. raffles, cocktail party, dances, etc. Tabling is aimed at promoting the organization and soliciting new names to add to Habitat's mailing list. Volunteers provide information about Habitat's adoption and TNR programs, educate the public on cat care and proper cat ownership, feral colony management, etc.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Sanctuary

Habitat for Cats maintains a small feral cat sanctuary located in Westport, Ma. Volunteers are needed to feed, clean up feeding areas, clean a few litter boxes and observe cats and sanctuary grounds for any problems. A commitment of once a week or every other week is requested. A feeder is primarily needed for late afternoon - dinner time. Volunteer should like the outdoor wooded environment and not be shy about getting your shoes dirty or a few bug bites.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Outdoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Care Taker at Habitat's Post-Care Facility

Volunteer(s) are needed, both in the morning and evening to feed cats, clean bedding & litter and help monitor a cat's behavior and health. Habitat operates a facility, known as the PostCare Clinic, where cats are temporarily housed when recovering from spay/neuter or other surgeries. A commitment of 3-4 hours, once a week or every other week is desired.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site, Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Foster Parenting

Habitat for Cats foster care program arose out of the need to shelter the adoptable cats and kittens that are rescued from homeless or abandoned situations. Private foster care provides the environment to transition the stray cat from life outdoors and to socialize young kittens that have never had human contact. Habitat for Cats provides all medical care and a reimbursement for food and litter. Foster parent should have a separate room in home to quarantine foster cats from other pets. Caring for a foster cat or kitten is a very rewarding and fun experience.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Families
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Adoption Follow-Up Phonecalls

Volunteers are needed to make follow up phone calls to adopters to inquire about adopted kitty and check if there are any problems, questions, etc. Volunteer will call from their own/home phone and follow a questionnaire and then log responses. Some basic training on approach to speaking to adopter will be provided. Volunteer should live in the local operating area (New Bedford, Dartmouth, Fall River, etc).
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends
How you help As a all volunteer organization, every volunteer is critical to what we do. No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.
About us Thousands of cats are lost or abandoned each year. These castaway cats live without human contact, searching for food and shelter. In time, they become feral cats and form feral cat colonies. Habitat for Cats (HFC) is dedicated to reducing the number of homeless cats and the number of cats killed in traditional shelters, by focusing our efforts on population control. To accomplish this, we provide programs for trapping, sterilization, & veterinary care for many of the feral and abandoned cats located in Southeastern Massachusetts.
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