Interested in making a positive impact in the lives of cats? This exciting opportunity to help make a difference in addressing the cat overpopulation problem accepts volunteers all year round! Volunteers assist in the trapping and releasing of community cats, inspecting potential colony sites and much more! This is an ideal volunteer opportunity for anyone who is looking for lots of flexibility in their volunteer schedule.
Our Community Cats Program truly saves lives!
In Colorado Springs, as in cities across the country, an untold number of feral cat colonies exist, where as many as a hundred undomesticated, free-roaming cats live and eat together and reproduce uncontrollably. These cats are a major factor in the serious cat overpopulation problem that exists in the United States, and in Colorado Springs, today. This, in turn, contributes to the hundreds of thousands of unwanted cats that must be euthanized in the United States each year. A community cat is a cat that lives outdoors and does not have a particular home or owner. They may be friendly or, in some cases, feral (not socialized with people). These cats typically depend on humans for their food, whether it is a neighborhood caretaker, dumpster, or other source. Through our Community Cats program, volunteers and staff humanely trap, neuter and vaccinate feral and unowned cats AND then return them to their original colonies, where colony managers continue to care for cats that can no longer reproduce. Volunteers may help with this program in various ways.
What the Community Cats Receive
- Spay/neuter as well as ear-tip
- Rabies vaccination
- FVRCP vaccination
- Transport back to their colony/neighborhood
What the Community Cats Program Provides
- Program materials such as door flyers and informational packets
- Free trap rentals (deposit may be required)
The Volunteer's Role
Volunteers will assist with trapping, transporting cats to and from the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR), and releasing them at designated sites. Also, they drive to new community cat colony sites and inspect them for (1) a feeding station, (2) feral cat housing, and (3) any red flags that would prohibit the colony from being sanctioned. Fill out a colony inspection form detailing information regarding the colony site. Additionally, Community Cat Volunteers assist in contacting the colony managers by phone to check on the status of their colonies. Volunteers also assist with data entry and phone calls.
What are the requirements to become a Community Cats Volunteer
- Must be at least 18 years of age
- Must have a current driver license and be willing to use their own vehicle
- Must be able to lift 35 pounds
- Must be sufficiently comfortable working safely around feral/unsocial cats
- Patience! Must be able to sit quietly for extended periods of time, then respond quickly when a cat is trapped – much like fishing!
- Must be able to communicate well with others and be comfortable asking questions and be able to work independently out in the field
- Must attend a Community Cats Volunteer Orientation
- Must be able to pass a criminal background check. HSPPR does not accept volunteers with a criminal record in relation to (1) any felony, (2) sexual or violent crimes, (3) theft-related crimes or (4) animal neglect or cruelty within the last 7 years. HSPPR requires all persons applying to volunteer to state any past criminal record and reserves the right to conduct a background check on any volunteer.