Wayside Waifs

Volunteer Role Recognition

This role was created a few years ago, with the goal to help the Feline Care Department during kitten season.  It continues to do that, and most of these volunteers are also willing to help Feline Care Techs throughout the year when there are absences in the department.  This helps to provide daily care for the cats and small mammals in a timely manner that they are accustomed to. 

The Cat Comfort Support Volunteers receive “on-the-job” training, and learn a variety of tasks, along with some cat behavior.  These volunteers work alongside the Feline Care Team to provide fresh food & water, a clean litterbox and housing area, as well as toys for enrichment and socialization.  They also help the Feline Care Team clean floors, stock supplies, clean dishes, and other tasks that need to be done. These volunteers work 4-6 hour shifts, and once they complete training, can often take care of some cat rooms on their own.  Almost always after their first shift I hear “I had no idea how physical this job is!”, but they say it with a smile.  Maura Landers, one of our Cat Comfort Support Volunteers, said this about being a volunteer in this role, "There is no better way to learn the ins and outs of the cat world at Wayside. While it can be hard work, you know you are making a difference for both the kitties and staff. We have lots of laughs too." The Feline Care Team truly appreciates these volunteers for all their hard work and for coming in so early!

How to get involved:
To learn more about this Volunteer Position, please contact AnnMarie Thomas for more information on how to help.  We still have a need for more help until the end of September.