The Dancing Cat would not be possible without our valued volunteers!
To contact us regarding volunteer opportunities, Scroll down to the bottom of this page and fill out our short form.
Note that volunteers must attend 2 on-site training sessions and commit to volunteering for The Dancing Cat for 6 months in order to be considered for on-site activities. All Volunteers must be 18 years of age.
This is a humble job and very rewarding! We need folks to come daily and clean The Dancing Cat's adoption lounge. If you are not afraid to get your hands dirty, and love quiet time with cats, this may be the job for you. 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. Take it from us, they will be so grateful and you will be popular!
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. We require two training sessions on either Monday or Tuesday mornings. You must be able to commit to no fewer than two sessions per month for six months after you're trained. You can sign up for shifts on any day you'd like after your initial training sessions.
Cat Foster Parent
Responsible for the daily care of a foster cat or kitten 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 cat or kitten 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
Foster Coordinators are responsible for keeping in touch with a small number of foster parents for the purpose of scheduling foster cats in their homes. You will deliver the cat or kitten to the foster family and provide them with initial supplies from The Dancing Cat’s storage room. You will respond to foster parents' questions via email, text, or phone in a timely manner. You will work closely with other members of the cat team to ensure that veterinary and behavioral needs are met for each cat. You will build strong relationships with foster parents to ensure open communication and encourage them to be repeat fosterers. You may be involved in meet & greets with potential adopters. You will also do the initial post-adoption follow up (3 days after adoption).
Previous fostering experience preferred. We seek to make fostering a great experience, so you must have customer service and organizational skills, and have strong social and communication skills.
8-10 hours per week
Transport volunteers use their personal vehicles to transport cats and/or supplies (i.e. rescue pick up, chauffeuring cats 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
Volunteer Program Manager
This position entails developing and implementing the goals and objectives for The Dancing Cat’s volunteer program. Duties include:
Write volunteer position descriptions in consultation with appropriate department managers
Recruit new volunteers through social media, networking events, and other channels
Screen and match volunteers to existing needs
Orient new volunteers and develop training materials
Focus on volunteer retention; follow up with volunteers after a couple of months to discuss job satisfaction
Plan volunteer appreciation events
Perform ongoing management of volunteer records and schedules
Must be a people person and enjoy interacting with people of all skill levels and interests. Must love cats!
Responsibilities: Define strategy and tactics to develop The Dancing Cat’s customer base, including public relations, advertising, social media and promotions. Ensure that The Dancing Cat's brand is consistent and accurately represents the organization’s mission and goals. Identify and execute marketing campaigns for the organization, events, programs and adoptable animals. Contribute copy, content and visual imagery for The Dancing Cat publications, digital and social communication and print collateral to engage targeted audiences.
Requirements: Prior experience in marketing is required. Must be creative, have excellent organizational and communication skills.
Time Commitment: 15-20 hours/month; this is a virtual position.
Responsibilities: Manage communication channels to grow awareness of The Dancing Cat, its mission, brand, programs and services. Oversee development of all Dancing Cat print communications including marketing collateral materials and electronic communications including website and social media. Serve as a spokesperson and lead point person on media interactions that help promote and/or impact the organization. Working with Marketing Manager, ensure that The Dancing Cat's brand is consistent and accurately represents the organization’s mission and goals. Maintain organization's mailing lists and lead communication efforts out to various stakeholders of the organization (general public, volunteer population, donors, etc.) Work closely with Marketing Manager and The Dancing Cat leadership team
Requirements: Must be creative, tech savvy, able to manage a team and have prior experience working with a rescue organization.
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/month; this is a virtual position.
Social Media Lead
Responsibilities: Build and implement social media programs; work closely with the Marketing and Communication Managers to coordinate and stay consistent with brand messaging. Identify opportunities for community outreach; lead the execution of these opportunities. Ensure appropriate messaging is executed online incorporating Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, etc. per Marketing Strategy.
Requirements: Proficient in social media platforms. Experience building and coordinating a team of volunteers. PR or marketing experience a plus. Must maintain knowledge of our adoptable animals. Flexible schedule that allows for monitoring of all social media platforms throughout the day.
Time Commitment: 40 hrs/month, this is a virtual position.
Responsibilities: 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 leadership team
Requirements: 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.
Time Commitment: 10-15 hrs/month; this is a virtual position.