Thank you for expressing AN interest in becoming a volunteer for The Dancing Cat!
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.
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.
This position is for experienced cat lovers who can spend one-on-one time with our special needs cats. We have shy cats who need help building their confidence, energetic cats who need serious playtime, and occasionally behavior challenges that would benefit from a the extra attention.
Volunteers must be trained on this position and be willing to take direction from our Cat Manager so that the cats have a consistent experience with all volunteers. Training must be arranged before signing up for cat socializing.
Hours are flexible between 6pm and 9pm.
Depending on timing, you may also be asked to help the Operations Manager perform the evening attendant tasks (feeding the cats, closing up the room, tending to the litter boxes). You will receive training on these tasks so that you may be a backup for the Operations Manager on an occasional, as-needed basis.
Ability to take direction
Attention to detail
Know how to read cat body language and moods
Ability to communicate findings (log notes on which cat you worked with, observation of cat upon arrival, progress, and at the end of shift)
Ability to sit or lie on the floor with a shy cat for extended periods of time (multiple 30 minutes periods).
Confidence to work independently, to close, turn off the lights and lock up the building for the night.
Must schedule two training sessions prior to signing up for a shift.
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
The Foster Coordinator is the first point of contact with foster parent. You will deliver cat or kitten 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 cat 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 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!