Volunteer With Our Feline Friends

Becoming a cat volunteer at the Arizona Humane Society is an amazing way to have an impact for the thousands of sick, injured and abused homeless cats we save each year. Whether you are interested in helping with our tiniest friends in the Bottle Baby Kitten ICU or helping with cats at one our 5 locations there is surely a perfect match for your cat-loving self. Your volunteer journey will be in Animal Experience (AX) levels. As you complete each level, you will increase your shelter knowledge, cat handling skills and advance to the next level.

AX ONE: FELINE CARE

As you get oriented to our shelter, you’ll learn how to provide our feline friends with excellent care by ensuring that they have clean living quarters, nutritious food, fresh water, clean bedding and plenty of enrichment items. There is no independent handling during this introductory level.

Some of the ways you’ll help:

  • Clean kennels
  • Assist with feeding and replenishing water
  • Help with dishes and laundry to ensure our feline friend have fresh, clean dishes, beds and linens
  • Clean and update kennel signs
  • Restock supplies and enrichment items in animal areas

Complete 15 hours in AX ONE to advance to AX TWO

AX TWO: FELINE ENRICHMENT

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:

  • Organize kitten playgroups
  • Assist with cat socialization
  • Provide individual and group enrichment for our cats
  • Clean and update kennel signs
  • Restock supplies and enrichment items in animal areas
  • Cuddle kittens in our Kitten Nursery (KICU at Sunnyslope Campus)
  • Assist with bathing and basic grooming
  • Other duties as assigned

Complete 30 hours in AX TWO to advance to AX THREE

AX THREE: FELINE ADVANCED

Learn how to provide socialization and enrichment for our homeless cats who require advanced feline handling skills (“Level 3” cats). These cats may be fearful, reactive, recovering from an illness, feral or kennel stressed. They need extra care, patience and low-stress handling skills to ensure the safety of the pets and the volunteers.

Some of the ways you’ll help:

  • Organize kitten playgroups
  • Provide individual and group enrichment for “Level 3” cats
  • Clean and update kennel signs
  • Restock supplies and enrichment items in animal areas

Complete 15 hours in AX THREE to advance to AX FOUR

AX FOUR: BEHAVIOR

Provide care for our pets under behavior evaluation. Work with under-socialized cats needing behavior modification/training. These ares require completion of AX ONE-THREE and an interview with staff.

AX FOUR: PROTECTIVE CUSTODY

Provide care for our pets under protective custody. Socialize cats who may have suffered abuse or neglect while their owner awaits trial. These ares require completion of AX ONE-THREE and an interview with staff. For protective custody cases, volunteers will also need to pass a background check and drug screening.

BOTTLE BABIES

Caregiver: In this introductory role, you’ll learn the ins-and-outs of the Bottle Baby Kitten Intensive Care Unit (BBKICU) at our Sunnyslope Campus, while providing essential animal care for our smallest friends in need (bottle baby kittens ages 0-4 weeks). This role supports our technicians and Bottle Baby Feeder volunteers by cleaning kennels, washing bottles, doing dishes and laundry and providing a cozy living space.

Feeder: Provide life-saving care for our orphaned kittens by feeding our fur-babies, some as young as one day old. You’ll feed, weigh and clean the kittens, while providing them with much needed human contact and socialization. This is a highly demanding and extremely rewarding opportunity that requires strong commitment to scheduled shifts so that we can provide the care needed for these babies to survive.

To become a Feeder, must complete two Caregiver shifts and attend a Bottle Baby feeder workshop.

Learn more about our Bottle Babies.

Cat Volunteering Locations

Sunnyslope Campus
9226 N. 13th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85021
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Campus for Compassion
1521 W. Dobbins Road
Phoenix, AZ 85041
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The Shoppes at Norterra
2450 W. Happy Valley Road #1149
Phoenix, AZ 85085
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Scottsdale PetSmart
4380 N. Miller Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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Mesa PetSmart
1733 S. Stapley Drive
Mesa, AZ 85204
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