Volunteer With Our Cats

Become a cat volunteer and help our homeless pets.

Your volunteer journey will be in levels beginning with Animal Experience (AX) ONE: Cat Care. As you complete each level, you will increase your shelter knowledge, cat handling skills and advance to the next level. Your time with our cats is so incredibly important. You help us provide them with daily care, socialization and enrichment to keep them happy and healthy and on their way to a fur-ever home.


As you get oriented to our shelter, you’ll learn how to provide our feline friends with excellent care during their stay at our shelter. There is no independent animal handling during this introductory level.

Some of the ways you’ll help:

  • Clean kennels
  • Assist with replenishing water
  • Help with dishes and laundry to ensure our feline friend have fresh, clean dishes, beds and linens
  • Make, deliver and restock enrichment items
  • Provide enrichment activities to keep the cats entertained in their kennels
  • Behind-the-bar (in kennel) enrichment activities

Complete 15 hours in AX ONE to advance to AX TWO or continue helping in AX ONE and support AHS with offsite events.


Work alongside our Animal Care pack members and learn the ins and outs of handling and socializing the cats in our care.

Some of the ways you’ll help:

  • In-kennel cat socialization
  • Out-of-kennel play time (except Level 3 cats)
  • Provide individual and group enrichment
  • Deliver enrichment items in animal areas
  • Cuddle kittens in our Kitten Nursery (Sunnyslope Campus only)

Once in AX TWO, volunteers will also have the opportunity to pursue roles in our other departments such as adoptions, photography, and shelter surgery.

Complete 30 hours in AX TWO to advance to AX THREE or continue helping in AX TWO and support AHS with offsite events.


Learn how to provide socialization and enrichment for our homeless cats who require advanced feline handling skills (“Level 3” cats). These cats may be shy, fearful, reactive, high arousal or kennel stressed. They need extra care, patience and low-stress handling skills to ensure the safety of the pets and the volunteers. You’ll also provide these pets with socialization and enrichment.

In addition to AX THREE shifts, volunteers in this level will be qualified to support AHS with offsite events.

BOTTLE BABIES (Sunnyslope Campus Only)

Our tiniest shelter residents would also love to meet you! Our bottle baby kittens aren’t quite big enough to be a part of the Animal Experience (AX) track, but they still need many volunteers to help them with their daily needs. To learn more about volunteering in this area, please click here.

Cat Volunteering Locations

Sunnyslope Campus
9226 N. 13th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85021
Campus for Compassion
1521 W. Dobbins Road
Phoenix, AZ 85041
Scottsdale PetSmart
4380 N. Miller Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Mesa PetSmart
1733 S. Stapley Drive
Mesa, AZ 85204