Thank you for expressing AN interest in becoming a volunteer for The Dancing Cat, an initiative of Silicon Valley Pet Project!
To sign up to volunteer, fill out our application.
We ask that volunteers signing up for on-site positions commit to two training shifts and four regular shifts within the first two months of beginning to volunteer with us.
This is a dirty job but it’s very rewarding! We need folks to come daily and clean The Dancing Cat's adoption center. You can't be afraid to get your hands dirty. You will wash food and water bowls, wipe up any spills on the furniture, clean litter boxes, and mop the floors if needed.
This can be done with a friend! The work goes faster and it's a good way to get to know other volunteers. Sign up with someone you know, or make a new friend.
This is special time with the kitties as you will be first to greet and feed them in the morning and they will be so grateful to see you!
Love cats and don’t have a problem getting your hands dirty with mopping, litter box cleaning, etc.
Each shift is 2 hours on site at The Dancing Cat location. You can sign up for as few or as many shifts as you’d like.
You will be the first point of contact to The Dancing Cat for guests and potential adopters. You will help provide an overall positive experience and a welcoming environment, greet and check in visitors, run the small retail area, and answer questions about our mission.
Customer Service skills plus on-the-job training.
Each shift is 3 hours on-site at The Dancing Cat location. You can sign up for as few or as many shifts as you’d like per month. We also need greeters for our special events, as scheduled in advance. Special event greeters will help set up and break down the room, as required by the event.
Cat Foster Parent
Responsible for the daily care of a foster animal including feeding, playtime, socialization, grooming, and, of course, providing patience, love and security. We will provide all necessary medical care and full support throughout the foster period. Any additional expenses incurred by the foster parent may be tax deductible.
To be a successful foster parent, you will need a compassionate nature, flexibility and some knowledge of animal behavior. Frequent email updates are required, and responsiveness to our team is critical to the success of our foster program. Reliable computer, internet service and transportation.
This position is for cats from Dancing Cat that might need time to heal from sickness, or be given a break from the social space. We expect that the time commitment will be less than a month.
Fill out our foster application online here.
Cat Foster Coordinator
The Foster Coordinator is the first point of contact with foster parent. You will deliver animal to the foster family, and provide initial supplies and equipment. You must respond to foster parents' questions via email or phone in a timely manner. You will work closely with other members of the foster team to assist the foster parent in all aspects of getting the animal ready for adoption or for arrival at The Dancing Cat. You will build strong and supportive relationships with foster parents to ensure open communication and encourage them to consider fostering on a regular basis. You may be involved in meet & greet with potential adopters. You will also do the initial post-adoption follow up (3 days after adoption).
Must have previous fostering experience. Customer service, organizational skills and have strong social and communication skills.
8-10 hours per week
Transport volunteers use their personal vehicles to transport animals and/or supplies (i.e. rescue pick up, chauffeuring animals to/from medical appointments). Errands/pick up donations/drop off supplies. Travel is primarily in the San Jose area.
Must have a reliable vehicle that is licensed and insured; the vehicle must have enough space for kenneled animals. Requires a valid driver’s license.
Flexibility of schedule; 2-4 hrs/week
Creative volunteer positions
Work closely with Marketing and Communications managers to create design solutions that have high visual impact for web and/or print to include ads, invitations, posters, newsletters, website graphics, etc. Work closely with Marketing Manager and Dancing Cat/SVPP leadership team
Graphic design and/or website development experience. Must have a creative flair, up-to-date knowledge of industry software and a professional approach to time, costs and deadlines. Will need to be able to turn around design requests quickly.
10-15 hrs/month; this is a virtual position.