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

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.

Questions? Please email [email protected] 

 

 

Steps for becoming a Community Cats Volunteer

  1. Submit a Volunteer Application.
  2. Complete a background check.
  3. Attend a Community Cats orientation. You will be contacted for the next orientation after you complete the Volunteer Application.