Community Cats Volunteers

In Colorado Springs, just like cities across the country, an untold number of feral cats are roaming the streets. They are un-owned and they reproduce uncontrollably. These cats are a major factor in the cat overpopulation problem and contribute to hundreds of thousands of unwanted cats in the U.S. every year. Thanks to HSPPR’s community cats program, we are helping make a difference.

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 cat program, staff and volunteers humanely trap, neuter and vaccinate these cats for their health and well-being, then return them to their original colonies where colony managers continue to care for cats that can no longer reproduce.

HSPPR’s community cats program provides:

  • Spay/neuter assistance
  • Vaccinations
  • Transport of community cats back to their colony/neighborhood
  • Free trap rentals (deposit may be required)
  • Information on living with community cats in your neighborhood

Community Cats Volunteers Needed

This exciting opportunity to help make a difference in addressing our community’s cat overpopulation problem accepts volunteers all year round! Volunteers assist in the trapping and releasing of community cats, inspecting colony sites for feeding stations and housing, and assist in contacting colony managers to check in on the status of their colonies. This is an ideal volunteer opportunity for anyone looking for lots of flexibility in their volunteer schedule.

Community Cats Volunteer Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a current driver’s license and be willing to use your own vehicle
  • Able to lift 35 pounds
  • Must be able to sit quietly for extended periods of time, then respond quickly when a cat is trapped
  • Able to communicate well with others, be comfortable asking questions, and be able to work independently out in the field

 

Steps to Becoming a Community Cats Volunteer

  1. Submit a volunteer application.
  2. Complete a 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.
  3. Register for and attend an upcoming community cat program orientation.

 

Questions? Please email [email protected].

UPCOMING TRAP NEUTER RETURN (TNR) ORIENTATION

June 2, 9:00am – 1:00pm 

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