CAWS does not have a shelter facility – all CAWS animals waiting for adoption are in foster homes. The number of animals we can help find new homes for is closely linked to how many CAWS volunteers and foster homes are available.

CAWS is run entirely through volunteer work, so we have a variety of ways to volunteer! If you’d like to join our team, fill out a volunteer app and we’ll contact you as soon as we can. Some of the ways you can volunteer include:
Several Saturdays a month CAWS hosts events to show available cats and dogs. Volunteers can help in many ways at events, such as:

  • Setting up kennels and cages before the event
  • Breaking down kennels and cages after the event
  • Walking dogs during the event
  • Talking to potential adopters and answering questions
  • Interviewing potential adopters

CAWS is also present at many community events. Our volunteers at those events help answer questions about our rescue and get people excited about CAWS.

Fosters must be at least 18 years old and live in housing that allows pets. CAWS is entirely foster-based, and we always have animals in need of fosters! Visit our foster page or contact us at volunteers@caws.org to learn more about our foster program.

Petsmart Cat Care
CAWS rotates cats through Petsmart to increase visibility, so we can always use help cleaning and maintaining the cages. This is a job that needs to be done daily, but we have a schedule set up so the same person doesn’t have to do it every day. Just sign up for when you can!

Sometimes our fosters are unable to transport their dogs places, whether that is to and from weekend events or to and from the vet during the week. Our volunteers can help the fosters out by signing up to transport animals.

Boarded Dog Walking
Dogs that are being boarded at our partnered veterinarian’s office need walking too! Volunteers can sign up to walk dogs during the vet’s office hours.

Administrative Assistance
Data entry may not seem glamorous, but it is a necessary part of keeping CAWS running effectively. If you could spare an hour or so a week helping us enter paperwork into our system, we’d love your help! We also use volunteers for answering routine emails and phone calls and following up with adopters if that’s more your style.

Community Cat Programs
One of our services is monitoring community (stray or feral) cat colonies. CAWS provides TNR (trap, neuter, return) services as a way to keep these populations as small as possible. We also build and set out shelters and feeding stations. Volunteers can help with all of these tasks.

Group Volunteer Opportunities
If you would like to organize a small group project such as an Eagle Scout project or a service birthday party, please contact us at volunteers@caws.org.
A few ideas for projects include:

  • a pet food and/or supplies drive
  • creating cat or dog toys
  • building feeding stations for feral cat colonies
  • creating a video to increase event or animal awareness

If you would like to help CAWS through a donation, visit our donation page for more information. If you would like to help organize a fundraiser or sponsor CAWS, please contact us at volunteers@caws.org.