Volunteer Needs

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Foster Animal Programs

Serve as a KITTEN or CAT, PUPPY or DOG FOSTER PARENT. We can't intake new animals without foster homes to welcome them. IAR provides all food, medical care, and extensive training for fosters families. Any personal pets in home must be spay/neutered, current on vaccines, and FeLV negative (cats). Must be willing to attend adoption events in Durham and Chapel Hill and to transport animals to our clinic facilities in Durham. 

Cat Adoption Screening Team - Act as the second tier of adoption screening for the cat team.  Check incoming applications that have made it through the first level screening and match these applications to the cats available in the adoption program.  Requires experience with our adoption procedures and willingness to keep current with all the cats in the program. 

Act as an adoption event host. A fun way to spend an afternoon once a month!

Cats: Host is responsible for posting the names of the attendees on the web the week before the event, and, on the day of the event, setting up crates for the cats,ensuring that the event goes smoothly, and overseeing the clean-up afterwards.

Dogs: pick up materials at storage unit, set up table, represent IAR and watch for correct spacing of dogs, speak to potential adopters about adoption process, return materials to storage unit. (no web duties)

Petco Renaissance Mini-Event hosts - We need volunteers that are willing to donate approximately 2 hours of their time on Saturday afternoons from 2:00-4:00pm.  The ideal adoption event host should be outgoing, good at communicating with  people, reliable, plus able to lift and set up crates.  This volunteer opportunity is a critical part of getting our cats adopted and will give you a chance to have hands on experience with IAR's cats and kittens.  At the event, you will inform potential adopters about the adoption process, answer questions about IAR, and share information about the cats at the store and online.  The Petco Renaissance Store Coordinator is available to train you at your convenience.

Cat Team Crate storage and distribution - Store up to a dozen folding crates to be used at cat adoption events.  Contact the hosts of the cat adoption events every week to see how many crates are going to be needed at the event and transport the crates to the event location sometime Saturday before 1:30 pm, and then pick up the crates between 4 and 7 pm Sunday night to store until the next event. 

Social Media Advocate - Become an advocate for one or more of our foster animals by publicizing them using FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, and other means of internet communication.  Advocates will work closely with the animal's foster family in an effort to increase the visibility of animals who have been in the program a long time.

Petco Caregiver - provide care and entertainment for cats staying at adoption centers. Open shifts: 

Eastgate - Tues PM

Renaissance -Thurs AM, Fri AM, Sat PM

South Square - Wed AM

West Cary -Thurs AM, Fri AM, Sun AM

Adoption Center Laundry - Pick up and wash soiled bedding once a week from the South Square or West Cary Petco store.

Respite Care-giver for Dogs Provide temporary care for an IAR dog while the foster parent is on away.  This is especially needed over holidays!

Serve as an In Store Adoption Specialist Meet with potential adopters at our Petco adoption centers on weekends when we do not have an adoption event there. Duties involve explaining the adoption process for both cats and dogs and introducing cats in residence to customers who might be interested in adopting them. Generally 1-3 pm one Saturday or Sunday a month.

Cat Socialization Specialist/Cat Foster Assistant – Visit cats staying at one of the pet stores or in a foster's home to give them extra attention and play time. Requires a commitment to come in once a week at a time of your choosing.

Volunteers for Dog Fosters - This program is designed to match volunteers who cannot foster dogs the opportunity to work with dogs in foster care.  We have lots of opportunities for volunteers to become involved:

  • Take photos and write up profiles
  • Take dogs to vet clinic and other appointments
  • Spend time with the dogs (walking, playing, cuddling)
  • Take dogs to adoption events, meet and greets, etc

Volunteers can  schedule mutually convenient times with the foster.  Must meet with the program leader for initial training and introcudtions.


Community Education Program

Classroom Volunteers - Required: once monthly availability for 3 hours during school times, availability for 2-3 hours of training (timing is flexible) prior to starting in classrooms, willingness to learn and present the materials approved by IAR for classroom education, professionalism

Education Program Support – Support the education team by returning phone calls and emails, working on scheduling with schools, making copies etc. Can work on your own time. Need to be pleasant, professional and timely with communications.

Feral Program

Feral Team Community responseRespond to pleas for assistance from the community by communicating with the person requesting assistance, evaluating how IAR can help, and arranging for that help.

Feral Team - Assist with the rescue of at risk community or feral cats for spay/neuter but who are not candidates for intake into the foster adoption program.

Barn Home Relocation Specialist - Work with the Facebook group to identify people in the community who can offer accomidation to outdoor cats who can no longer stay where they are living.  The cats would be spayed/neutered/vaccinated before being moved.  You would coordinate with those offering accomidation to ensure they are fully informed of their commitment and assist in setting the cats up in their new home.  Full training will be provided and you will work with a mentor. 

Food Procurement Specialist - IAR needs pet food to support our growing feral cat program and for community members needing help to feed their pets.  Seeking one or more people to implement a donation program which could include

  • placing donation barrels at grocery stores, vet office, other businesses

  • asking for broken bags to be saved for IAR

  • periodic donation drives at businesses

  • arranging for pickup of donations and transport to IAR storage site

Cat Trap Wrangler 10AM- 1:30 PM one or two Sundays a month. Help with moving the traps with post-surgery cats to waiting area and loading them into the trappers' cars. Also general clinic tasks as needed.

Colony Caretaker – Feeding/watering feral cats one or more days a week. Monitor the condition of the cats in the colony and notify the Feral Group if sick or new cats appear at the colony.

Veterinary Technician. - Assist with spay/neuter clinics held Sunday mornings twice a month. This position requires previous experience or training. Must meet with our veterinarian to confirm qualifications.


Fundraising Team

Join the fundraising team to help plan our major events during the year. Right now is the time of the year to get in on the early planning and help choose the events we will have in the coming year. 

Painted Chair Auction

We are looking for  dedicated volunteers to assist with the preparation of the PCA.

Buffet Team - Assist with soliciting donations for the buffet at the PCA. Contact previous donors and request that they contribute again this year.  

Silent Auction Team -   We urgently need people who are able to assist with the solicitation and inventory of items for the Silent Auction.  You would be responsible for contacting businesses who have contributed to IAR in previous years to see if they could again support the PCA with their donations of items or gift certificates.  You would update the database to reflect the contacts that have been made and enter the items that were donated.  

Web support for PCA - Post auction item photos and descriptions to the website in preparation for the PCA.  Time commitment is 1-2 hours /week and requires high-speed internet access.  No experience required.  Access to photo editing software and training will be provided. 

Carpenter - Do you enjoy woodworking/crafting?  We are looking for someone to do minor repairs on furniture donated for the PCA.


Other Opportunities

Volunteer Recruitment and Retention – Organize casual events for volunteers to meet and socialize every six weeks or so.  Assist the volunteer coordinator by following up with new volunteers to make sure they have found a job that suits them. 

IAR Office assistance – help with filing, printing information sheets, and other office chores 2-3 hours each week.

Email Team - check IAR's main email one day a week at least 3 times per day. This email account is the first method of communication for many people who contact IAR. It's a great way to contribute to IAR from the comfort of your own home or job. Must be familiar with email and have regular access to an internet connection.

Phone Team- Remotely monitor the IAR phone voicemail messages and forward them to the appropriate teams (adoptions group, cat team, dog foster, feral, fundraising, etc.). May be done from home. Training is provided.

Adoption Screening Team - Volunteers will check submitted adoption applications on a single day of the week.  They will do all follow-up correspondence with the adopter if any questions arise.  Screeners must be very familiar with rescue policies and our local area. 

For more information about any of these opportunities please contact iarvolcoor@animalrescue.net

Revised April 19, 2017