Volunteer Opportunities

Cat Handling and Cage Cleaning

Is this job for you?

Do you love cats and kittens? Do you enjoy spending one-on-one time with them? Do you want to help maintain a clean and sanitized environment to help prevent feline diseases? Then this job is for you!

Dates Available

365 days a year

Shifts

HSYC

Daily:

  • Morning Shift: 8:00 AM - Noon
  • Afternoon Shift: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Extended Hours on Tuesdays and Fridays:

  • Afternoon Shift: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM 

Note that "Shifts" indicates hours in which you can perform this opportunity at our HSYC location. You can work as many (or as little) hours within a shift as you like. We appreciate any help you can provide!

PetSmart Locations:

  • Morning Shift: Begins around 9:00 or 10:00 AM and may take about 1 or 2 hours depending on the number of cats at each location. Cleaning cages is performed during the morning shift.
  • Evening Shift: Anytime between 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM. This requires a welfare check; spending some play time and refilling their food and replenishing clean water.

Location

HSYC Rescue  |  8177 Regent Pkwy, Fort Mill, SC 29708

PetSmart - Rock Hill  |  1110 Hospitality Dr, Rock Hill, SC 29730

PetSmart - Pineville  |  9515 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28273

Requirements

  • Must be 18+ or 16+ if HSYC Liability Release form is signed by his/her guardian 18+
  • Volunteer Orientation
  • Cat Handling & Care Session

Objective

Our ultimate objective is to increase the chances of our cats to be adopted, in a shorter amount of time through socialization, while living in a safe, healthy and sanitary environment until they find their FUR-ever home!

Additional objectives are to:

  • Provide exercise, stimulation and play time to reduce stress.
  • Become comfortable with human contact by providing human interaction.
  • Offer opportunities to spend time outside of their cage.

Tasks

Cat Handling

  • Basic cat handling such as retrieving cats from and returning to their cage.
  • Giving cats attention by talking to, holding and playing with.
  • Brushing and combing cats.
  • Feeding cats and replenishing their water bowl.
  • And of course, giving our cats LOTS of love and attention!

Cage Cleaning

  • Changing the kitty litter and replacing newspaper.
  • Sanitizing and cleaning cat cages.
  • Maintaining cat rooms, such as sweeping/mopping floors, brushing down cat towers, replenishing supplies, taking out garbage, etc.

Contact Information

Megan Prestwood
Staff Member, Rescue Coordinator; Foster Program Coordinator
meganp@humanesocietyofyorkcounty.org
803-802-0902