Get Involved – Volunteer!AHES is a fully volunteer based organization with no paid staff. We work with the most needy animals in our community and give them a happy, healthy, and safe life. But we need your help! From finding feral colonies to placing tamed cats/kittens in their permanent homes, AHES relies solely on the help of volunteers like you.
Below is a general list of things we need the most help with. We have a range of volunteer opportunities in locations across the east bay with varying requirements for time commitments so even the busiest of people can find a way to help. Any help is appreciated, by us and the animals whose lives you change for the better!
We need volunteers who can:
- Provide a foster home to kittens waiting to be adopted
- Act as a colony's caregiver by providing food and water to a colony of feral cats *We can match you with a colony near your home or work for your convenience
- Drive pets to and from adoption events and veterinarian appointments
- Assist at events
- Provide a foster home for cats recovering from spay/neuter surgery (about 3 days)
- Volunteers that can act as a substitute for caretakers temporarily unable to care for a colony are also needed
- Volunteer your skills!
- Administrative Volunteers
Foster parents provide a temporary home to cats and kittens waiting to be adopted into their forever homes. The length of time a cat needs to be fostered depends upon the particular case. We can work with pre-determined time commitments.
Homes with other cats, dogs and small children are especially in need because cats that are well socialized are the most adoptable.
If you are interested in fostering please send us an email at email@example.com and include your name, phone number, experience with cats/kittens and list any other animals currently residing with you.
Foster homes that can provide a home for feral cats recovering from spay/neuter surgery are also needed. Feral cats need to recover some place quiet and away from a lot of human traffic (e.g. a garage is perfect). Responsibilities for fostering a cat recovering from surgery include feeding the cats and administering any medication needed (normally feral cats do not require any take home medications).
To find a colony near your home or work, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the area where you work and/or live so we can match you with a colony nearby.
We also need temporary caregivers who can substitute for regular caregivers when they are unable to feed for a period of time.
If you are already a caregiver A Home for Every Stray can help you get your colony spayed/neutered and vaccinated. Please visit our Feral Cat Initiative page for more information.
Please contact the AHES volunteer coordinator at email@example.com if you want to volunteer as a driver. Thank you!
AHES occasionally hosts local events and because we have no paid staff we always need a lot of volunteers. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be placed on our volunteer list. We will always try to contact at least one week prior to the event.
Do you have a special skill? Maybe you are a graphic designer, in marketing, or have really good interpersonal skills. Whatever your skill is, no matter how small you think it is, we at AHES can probably find a way to use what you do best for the betterment of animals. Please send us an email describing what you do and we'll get back to you with an opportunity that works with the amount of time you have to volunteer. Thank email@example.com.
Tasks include scanning documents, returning phone calls and emails, organizing volunteers, scheduling veterinary appointments, etc.
We are more than happy to teach you what you don't already know and can act as a personal reference on your behalf.
If you're interested please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and telephone number and please put the words "administrative volunteer" in the subject line.