Help Cats

The GTHS houses upwards of 100 cats and kittens at any given time, with many more in foster care due to lack of space or suitable ’round-the-clock care on-site at our Animal Centre.

There are a number of ways you can help cats: from transporting them into our care, to looking after their post-surgical or day-to-day needs (ie. food, environment, health, socialization, etc.), by caring for them in your home until they’re ready for surgery or adoption, or by matching them with someone who can give them a happy ending… their forever home!

Check out the positions below to discover how you can help our furry feline friends.

Feline Adoption Admin Volunteer

The Georgian Triangle Humane Society is a not-for-profit charity that provides abandoned, neglected and abused domestic animals a second chance in life at a forever home. The Adoptions Team facilitates the adoption and subsequent retention of approximately 1300 homeless animals annually, and the Feline Adoption Administrative Volunteer contributes towards this success by touching base with all GTHS Cat Adopters.

Description
Reporting to the Adoptions Coordinator, the Feline Adoption Administrative Volunteer is responsible for helping to manage the Cat Adoption Follow-up for the Georgian Triangle Humane Society. The incumbent represents the GTHS in a professional manner and is responsible for touching base with all GTHS Cat Adopters in a timely manner and recording communications with Cat Adopters. Key components of this role will be to help prevent adoption returns and to seize opportunities to transition adopters into donors, utilizing exceptional customer service skills.
Time Commitment
4-6 hours per week, working from home. A minimum commitment of 6 months is required.
Roles and Responsibilities
Full details are available upon request
  • Complete post-adoption follow-up
  • Respond to and redirect enquiries
  • Optimize contact with Adopters
Qualifications
  • 18 years of age minimum
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Speak, listen and write in clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate communication tools and techniques
  • Self-motivated and demonstrates attention to details
  • Knowledge of, or experience with, Sumac and PetPoint an asset
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of this volunteer role and of the organization
  • Experience in animal care, health and/or behaviour beneficial
  • Demonstrates understanding and passion for animal welfare
  • Willingness to learn about GTHS donor and adoption programs
  • Own computer/tablet, telephone and internet access

Animal Transfer Volunteer

The Animal Transfer Volunteer supports our Outreach Programs by transporting cats or dogs to our Animal Centre from outside the Georgian Triangle Area. This volunteer may occasionally be asked to support our Cat and Dog Care Teams by driving animals to and from local veterinary clinics for surgical and healthcare appointments.

266 animals were transported to our Animal Centre in 2022, to receive care onsite or with GTHS Foster families before finding their forever homes in our community.

Description
The GTHS Animal Transfer Volunteer coordinates with the Transfer Coordinator and/or Animal Health Technician (or designate) relating to the collection or drop-off of animals, and uses a GTHS vehicle or their own vehicle for transportation. The Animal Transfer Volunteer accompanies the animal to its destination (in a carrier or kennel), with corresponding documentation and/or medication. GTHS Yellow Dog Walker/Handler status is required in order to assist with dog transportation.
Time Commitment
Animal transportation takes place on an ad hoc, as needed, basis. The length of time volunteered will depend on the collection/drop-off point for each transfer.
Roles and Responsibilities
  • Maintain clean and tidy GTHS van (inside and outside)
  • Stock vehicle with appropriate items required for each transport (gas, kennels, bowls, food, water…)
  • Ensure appropriate documentation and/or medication is available for each transfer
  • Liaise with rescue group/veterinary staff/airport personnel, etc. at the collection/drop-off point
  • Load/unload animals in carriers or kennels
  • Ensure animals are safe and secure
  • Follow appropriate protocol, policies and procedures
  • Ensure photocopy of valid/most recent version of G2 driver’s license is retained by GTHS
Qualifications
  • Valid G2 driver’s license
  • A commitment to animal welfare
  • Self motivated
  • Ability to follow protocol
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of this volunteer role and of the organization
  • Review and sign-off of the Animal Transport Guidelines / GTHS Van Use Agreement
  • For volunteers assisting with canine transportation:
    • GTHS Yellow Dog Walker / Handler status will need to be gained to assist with dog transportation. Training will be coordinated upon request.
    • Review and sign-off of the GTHS Canine Domestic Transport & Intake Process

Hospital Recovery Volunteer

The GTHS Animal Hospital contains an Operating Room, Treatment Room, Examination Room, Pharmacy, X-Ray Room and a Hospital Intake / Recovery Area.

Having an onsite hospital ensures animals receive timely, thorough and comprehensive care, saves dozens of daily phone calls, reduces trips back and forth to veterinary clinics, dramatically decreases the stress on the GTHS animals, and leads to the additional benefit of earlier adoption availability; so these animals find their forever home quickly.

The GTHS Animal Hospital is one of the only accessible spay/neuter hospitals serving Bruce, Grey and part of Simcoe County that performs 3,000 surgeries annually (an average of 50 surgeries per week), and subsidizing ~$770K in veterinary costs each year.

To promote pet wellness and safety, 1,858 rabies vaccinations and 1,767 microchips are administered to GTHS animal residents and community clients on an annual basis.

Description
Reporting to the Director of Medicine and Hospital Registered Veterinary Technician, the Hospital Recovery Volunteer will be responsible for maintaining an orderly Recovery Room, assisting with recovering patients and the movement of animals.
Time Commitment
Mondays shifts: 9am-2pm, 10am-3pm or 10.45am-3pm. Other weekday shifts:  9.30am-1.30pm, 10.30am-2.30pm or 11.30am-3pm.  Available shifts are posted or will be discussed at time of application. A minimum commitment of 6 months is required.
Roles and Responsibilities
  • Set up the Recovery Room for the day
    • This includes making sure kennels have towels and a floor recovery space is set up for large dogs
  • Assist with transporting animals into and out of the hospital, as needed
  • Assist post-surgery
    • Handle, restrain and care for animals
    • Monitor animals’ recovery post-surgery (vital signs)
    • Report any abnormalities in recovery to the Veterinary Technician
    • Help administer vaccines / medications / microchips, under direction
    • Help ensure all animals treated in the hospital have records that are maintained accurately
  • Assist post-recovery
    • Return recovered GTHS animals to the appropriate location onsite at the Animal Centre
    • Place recovered pets into the appropriate cat carrier or dog crate
  • Maintain an orderly Recovery Room
    • Store vaccines / medications / microchips appropriately
    • Disinfect / sanitize monitoring equipment
    • Clean and disinfect cages, floors, surfaces and surrounding areas
    • Dispose of garbage and recyclables
    • Wash any dishes used
    • Top up or record supplies needed
  • Assist Hospital staff as required
  • Follow appropriate protocol, legislation and regulations
Qualifications
  • 18 years of age minimum
  • Punctual and reliable
  • Demonstrates understanding and passion for animal welfare
  • Experience with cats and dogs of all sizes, breeds and temperaments
  • Diligent compliance with guidelines and protocols for personal and animal safety
  • Basic math skills and able to use a watch to record recovery times
  • Self-motivated and energetic, with proven ability to complete tasks with competency and accuracy
  • Able to work in a very fast paced environment
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Works cooperatively and effectively with others
  • Willing to administer medications and provide injections (training will be provided)
Working Conditions:
  • Physical demands of the position include bending, kneeling, carrying and lifting up to 18kg
  • We recommend that closed toe shoes and clothing that has no sentimental value (ie. can get dirty and/or stained) are worn.

Hospital Discharge Volunteer

The GTHS Animal Hospital contains an Operating Room, Treatment Room, Examination Room, Pharmacy, X-Ray Room and a Hospital Intake / Recovery Area.

Having an onsite hospital ensures animals receive timely, thorough and comprehensive care, saves dozens of daily phone calls, reduces trips back and forth to veterinary clinics, dramatically decreases the stress on the GTHS animals, and leads to the additional benefit of earlier adoption availability; so these animals find their forever home quickly.

The GTHS Animal Hospital is one of the only accessible spay/neuter hospitals serving Bruce, Grey and part of Simcoe County that performs 3,000 surgeries annually (an average of 50 surgeries per week), and subsidizing ~$770K in veterinary costs each year.

To promote pet wellness and safety, 1,858 rabies vaccinations and 1,767 microchips are administered to GTHS animal residents and community clients on an annual basis.

Description
Reporting to the Community Programs Coordinator (and the Director of Medicine), the Hospital Discharge Volunteer will be responsible for discharging animals to the public after their Hospital appointment / surgery, as well as overseeing the cleanliness of the Hospital Intake Room.
Time Commitment
Weekday shift: 2.30-4pm A minimum commitment of 6 months is required.
Roles and Responsibilities
  • Public hospital discharges
    • Check cats are sufficiently awake and their cones are on
    • Speak to pet owners to relay how the surgery went and if there were any concerns
    • Ensure pet owners understand post-op and medication instructions
    • Review microchip information, as appropriate
    • Ensure onesie or cone is supplied, if appropriate
    • Return cats to their owners and coordinate with the Hospital RVT to bring dogs out to their owners
    • Accept payment for add-on services, as appropriate
  • Set up the Hospital Intake Room for the following morning’s intakes; including making kennel cards and labels for the next day’s animals
  • Set up dog kennels in the garage/storage area, if additional kennels are required
  • Clean and tidy the Hospital Intake Room once animals have departed; including wiping down kennels, tidying up, sweeping and mopping the floor
  • Assist the Community Programs Coordinator or Hospital staff as required
  • Follow appropriate protocol, legislation and regulations
Qualifications
    • 18 years of age minimum
    • Punctual and reliable
    • Demonstrates understanding and passion for animal welfare
    • Diligent compliance with guidelines and protocols for personal and animal safety
    • Self-motivated and energetic, with proven ability to complete tasks with competency and accuracy
    • Basic math (for calculating cost of occasional add-on services)
    • Able to work in a fast paced environment
    • Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills
    • Excellent time management and organizational skills
    • Able to work independently and as part of a small team
    • Works cooperatively and effectively with others
    • A criminal record (police) check is required
    Working Conditions:
    • Physical demands of the position include bending, kneeling and carrying cats in carriers with a potential maximum weight of 7.6kg / 16.75lb

Emergency Boarding Foster Volunteer

Emergency Boarding Foster Volunteers provide a safe, loving and temporary home for pets whose owners cannot currently look after them due to an emergency situation (in hospital, rehabilitation or escaping from domestic violence). Boarding is provided for dogs or cats, based on the species you decide upon, and will range from 1-6 months. You must have the ability to separate the foster animal from any pets in your home by keeping them in a separate room, if necessary.  We will provide training and all the supplies you need.

In 2023, our Animal Care Team looked after more than 1500 animals onsite and, thanks to our Foster Volunteers, 1044 additional cats and dogs were cared for in loving foster homes.

Description
Emergency Boarding Foster Volunteers are responsible for helping the cat/dog in their care thrive until they are ready to be reclaimed by their owner.  This will include feeding the animals at least twice a day, possibly more, cleaning litter boxes (for cats), exercising (for dogs) and socializing the animals.  It may also include administering oral medications.
Time Commitment
Typically varies from 1 to 4 hours a day depending on the situation.  Emergency Boarding Foster terms generally last between 1 and 3 months, but may be up to 6 months.
Roles and Responsibilities
  • Maintain clean and tidy environment
  • Provide treats, food, clean water and clean bedding as required
  • Clean and change kitty litter, as required
  • Bathe and groom dog, as necessary and if comfortable doing so
  • Provide a structured and loving environment
  • Assist in the maintenance of the animal’s health and welfare (includes exercise for dogs)
  • Administer medication, as required and as instructed
  • Ensure any veterinary appointments are kept
  • Ensure animal is safe and secure
  • Return animal to GTHS Animal Centre upon request
  • Follow appropriate protocol, policies and procedures
Qualifications
  • Everyone in the household must be in agreement
  • A room for fostering
  • Committed to animal welfare
  • Experience fostering cats / dogs is required
  • Self motivated
  • Ability to read and follow directions
  • Ability to follow protocol
  • Good communication skills
Positions currently available

Want to help keep people and pets together? Not ready to take on an animal of your own, but would like feline or canine company?  We are looking for Emergency Boarding Foster Volunteers to join our team – please apply today!

All applications are acknowledged, so please check your email inbox (and junk/spam folder) for a response.

Apply now

Feline Foster Volunteers

Feline Foster Volunteers provide a safe, loving and temporary home for pregnant or nursing cats and kittens (litter sizes can range from 5-9 kittens).  You must be able to separate the foster animals from any pets in your home by keeping them in a separate room.  We will provide training and all the supplies you need.

In 2023, our Animal Care Team looked after more than 1500 animals onsite and, thanks to our Foster Volunteers, 1044 additional cats and dogs were cared for in loving foster homes.

Description
Feline Foster Volunteers are responsible for helping the cat/kittens in their care thrive until they are ready to be adopted.  This will include feeding the animals at least twice a day, possibly more, cleaning litter boxes and socializing the animals.  It may also include bottle feeding and administering oral medications.
Time Commitment
Typically varies from 1 to 4 hours a day depending on the situation.  Foster terms generally last between 2 and 10 weeks.
Roles and Responsibilities
  • Maintain clean and tidy environment
  • Provide treats, food and clean water, as required
  • Clean and change kitty litter and bedding, as required
  • Interact with cats to help with socialization and adoptability
  • Assist in the maintenance of cats’ health and welfare
  • Administer medication, as required and as instructed
  • Ensure any veterinary appointments are kept
  • Return cats to GTHS Animal Centre as required (for surgery, treatment, adoption…)
  • Ensure cats are safe and secure
  • Follow appropriate protocol, policies and procedures
Qualifications
  • Everyone in the household must be in agreement
  • A room for fostering
  • Committed to animal welfare
  • Experience fostering cats and kittens is preferred, but not necessary
  • Willing to learn to bottle feed (if fostering pregnant/nursing moms or kittens)
  • Willing to provide medication and/or learn to provide subcutaneous fluids
  • Self motivated
  • Ability to read and follow directions
  • Ability to follow protocol
  • Good communication skills
Positions currently available

We’re always looking for Feline Foster Volunteers to join our Foster Team. Our greatest areas of need are caring for: pregnant moms, moms with their kittens and bottle fed kittens. Please apply today to open your heart and home to animals in need!

All applications are acknowledged, so please check your email inbox (and junk/spam folder) for a response.

Apply now

Cat Adoption Counselor

The Georgian Triangle Humane Society is a not-for-profit charity that provides abandoned, neglected and abused domestic animals a second chance in life at a forever home. The Adoptions Team facilitates the adoption and subsequent retention of approximately 1300 homeless animals annually, and the Cat Adoption Counselor contributes towards this success by answering questions about cat ownership, the adoption process and the cats and kittens available for adoption. This role is integral to matching the right cat (personality type, energy level, special home requirements, etc.) with the right adopter.

Description
Reporting to the Adoptions Coordinator, the Cat Adoption Counselor prepares adoption kits, answers questions about the cats and kittens we have available for adoption. The Cat Adoption Counselor also assists the public with the identification of cats and kittens in the adoption rooms, provides assistance with the completion of adoption applications and facilitates the adoption. There is also the opportunity to attend off-site adoption events in the community.
Time Commitment
One shift a week, from 11.45am until approximately 4pm, (plus attendance at off-site events if desired).  A minimum commitment of six months is required.
Roles and Responsibilities
  • Consistent and open communication with Adoptions Coordinator
  • Review information on cats available for adoption (name, age, background, medical / special needs, etc.)
  • Spend time with cats to assist with the perfect match
  • Answer visitors’ and potential adopters’ questions about cats available for adoption
  • Use microchip scanner to identify cats
  • Answer basic questions about the organization
  • Seize opportunities during conversation to transition potential adopters into volunteers or donors
  • Outline ‘Adopters Welcome’ process to potential adopters
  • Assist adopters with completion of adoption applications
  • Ensure any behavioural or health related questions specific to the animal are communicated
  • Diligently and thoroughly address concerns raised by adopters to prevent adoption returns
  • Decide on suitability of potential adopter for cat selected
  • Assist Customer Service Coordinators with adoption processing
  • Assist Dog Adoption Counselor during shift, as needed
  • Prepare adoption kits on an as needed basis
  • Attend ad hoc local off-site adoption events, if desired
Qualifications
  • 18 years of age minimum
  • Demonstrates understanding and passion for animal welfare
  • Experience working with or handling cats
  • Self motivated
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Administrative skills
  • Ability to follow protocol
  • Ability to work alone and in a team environment
  • Knowledge of, or experience with, PetPoint an asset
  • Versed in using a device such as an iPad / tablet
  • Willingness to learn Dog Adoption Counselor role, to support teammates as needed (cross-training will be provided)

Cat Care Team – Shelter Aide

Two Shelter Aides are scheduled each afternoon to ensure that the Animal Centre is stocked, clean and ready for the next day. The Shelter Aide role is also integral to increasing the welfare and health of our adoptable cats.

In 2023, our Cat and Dog Care Teams cared for more than 1500 animals onsite at our Animal Centre.

Description
The Shelter Aide reports to the Cat Care Coordinator and liaises with their counterpart to share the afternoon routine and duties. Shelter Aides ensure our Animal Kitchen is clean, organized and regularly stocked with food, litter and supplies, and replenish items for the Intake and Quarantine / Isolation Rooms to provide our cats and kittens with the supplies they need. Other duties include dishes, laundry and ensuring our Adoption Rooms, Medical Intake Room and communal areas are clean, tidy and well maintained. The Shelter Aide also spends time with our feline residents to provide mental and physical stimulation. These enrichment activities allow our cats to continue to express normal feline behaviour despite being in a ‘shelter’ environment.
Time Commitment
Approximately 3 hours per week. This position starts at 1pm until approximately 4pm. A minimum commitment of 6 months is required.
Roles and Responsibilities
  • Coordinate with fellow Shelter Aide to share the afternoon’s routine and duties, including oversight of the ‘front’ or ‘back’ areas of the Animal Centre
  • Perform laundry tasks (washing, drying and folding linens)
  • Stock trolleys
  • Clean dirty animal dishes and litter pans
  • Disinfect cat carriers and / or kennels, if appropriate
  • Remove contents of empty kennels for adopted cats, if appropriate
  • Dispose of garbage and recyclables
  • Tidy, clean and disinfect surfaces and floors in Animal Kitchen, Medical Intake Room and communal areas
  • Feed kittens and other cats (if needed)
  • Top up water and dry food (if needed)
  • Scoop litter boxes in Main Adoption Rooms
  • Assist Cat Care Coordinator (if needed)
  • Interact with cats for socialization and enrichment purposes
  • Adapt activities based on cats being interacted with
  • Stimulate and interact with cats (includes grooming, play and snuggles)
  • Reduce cat stress and improve their overall wellness
  • Provide cognitive stimulation and encourage curiosity
  • Provide places for cats to hide and perch, as appropriate
  • Stimulate cats’ hunting instinct
  • Make enrichment items (food puzzles, cat cabins…)
  • Identify and report any behavioural concerns
  • Follow appropriate protocol, policies and procedures
  • Use online Contact List & Schedule to reflect any absences and to coordinate shift coverage
Qualifications
  • 16 years of age minimum
  • Demonstrates understanding and passion for animal welfare
  • Experience working with or handling cats
  • Strong work ethic
  • Dependable, self-motivated and energetic
  • Works well unsupervised, alone and in a team environment
  • Exercises patience
  • Good communication skills
  • Reads and follows directions, and follows protocol

Cat Care Team Member – Room 4 / All Areas

The Cat Care Team works to increase the welfare and health of GTHS feline residents. The Cat Care Team works as a group and/or individually to care for our cats and maintains high cleanliness standards in our Adoption Rooms, as well as our Quarantine and Isolation Rooms. This role is integral to maintaining a bright, clean and healthy environment for our cats, kittens, volunteers, visitors and potential adopters. Playing with and cuddling the cats is required!

In 2023, our Cat and Dog Care Teams cared for more than 1500 animals onsite at our Animal Centre.

Description
The GTHS Cat Care Team reports to the Cat Care Coordinator. Cat Care Team Members are usually assigned a specific room (an Adoptions Room or a Quarantine / Isolation Room) to provide nutrition, as well as mental and physical stimulation or interaction, to the feline residents in their room. Cat Care Team Members are also responsible for sweeping and mopping the floor, maintaining clean and organized litter, feeding stations, kitten or cat kennels and communal areas. Other duties such as dishes and laundry are also included. This Cat Care Team Member will provide all-round Cat Care support, based on day-to-day needs. They will be assigned to Quarantine / Isolation Room 4 (which is used sporadically for cats who are sick and aren’t quite ready for adoption), but may be directed to assist in Room 3 if no cats are in Room 4. When no assistance is required in either Quarantine / Isolation Room, this Team Member will support volunteers in the Adoption Rooms.
Time Commitment
2 hours per week (from 9am until 11am). A minimum commitment of 6 months is required (unless approved for student / community hours).
Roles and Responsibilities
  • Maintain clean and organized litter, kennels, counter tops and communal areas (shelving, windows, etc.)
  • Disinfect toys (loose and in kennels), scratching posts, wooden boxes, climbing apparatus, etc.
  • Feed cats / kittens wet food (as appropriate), provide fresh water and maintain feeding stations
  • Wash up any dirty animal dishes
  • Perform laundry tasks (gather dirty laundry and assist with washing, drying and folding linens)
  • Dispose of garbage and recyclables
  • Wipe all surfaces after use
  • When not working out of Room 4:
    • Assist in Room 3, upon assignment by Cat Care Coordinator
    • Liaise with Adoption Room Team Members to assist where needed
  • Assist the Cat Care Coordinator with ad hoc needs
  • As required / upon request:
    • Place cats ready for ‘moving up’ into carriers
    • Carry cats in carriers to the appropriate room / kennel
    • Weigh cats with assistance from the Cat Care Coordinator
    • Clean floors in the Animal Kitchen
  • Interact with cats for socialization and enrichment purposes
    • Stimulate and interact with cats (includes grooming, play and snuggles)
    • Reduce cat stress and improve their overall wellness
    • Provide cognitive stimulation and encourage curiosity
    • Provide places for cats to hide and perch, as appropriate
    • Stimulate cats’ hunting instinct
    • Make enrichment items (food puzzles, cat cabins…)
  • Identify and report any behavioural concerns
  • Follow appropriate protocol, policies and procedures
  • Use online Contact List & Schedule to reflect any absences and to coordinate shift coverage
Qualifications
  • 15 years of age minimum
  • Demonstrates understanding and passion for animal welfare
  • Experience working with or handling cats
  • Strong work ethic
  • Dependable, self-motivated and energetic
  • Works well unsupervised, alone and in a team environment
  • Adaptable and versatile; comfortable not having a set routine for each shift
  • Willing to approach and assist staff / fellow volunteers to complete the morning’s Cat Care activities
  • Exercises patience
  • Good communication skills
  • Reads and follows directions, and follows protocol
Positions currently available

Please apply today, as our cats and volunteers urgently need your help on Saturday mornings!

All applications are acknowledged, so please check your email inbox (and junk/spam folder) for a response.

Apply now

Cat Care Team Member

The Cat Care Team works to increase the welfare and health of GTHS feline residents. The Cat Care Team works as a group and/or individually to care for our cats and maintains high cleanliness standards in our Adoption Rooms, as well as our Quarantine and Isolation Rooms. This role is integral to maintaining a bright, clean and healthy environment for our cats, kittens, volunteers, visitors and potential adopters. Playing with and cuddling the cats is required!

In 2023, our Cat and Dog Care Teams cared for more than 1500 animals onsite at our Animal Centre.

Description
The GTHS Cat Care Team reports to the Cat Care Coordinator and Cat Care Team Members are assigned a specific room (an Adoptions Room or a Quarantine / Isolation Room) to provide nutrition, as well as mental and physical stimulation or interaction, to the feline residents in their room. Cat Care Team Members are also responsible for sweeping and mopping the floor, maintaining clean and organized litter, feeding stations, kitten or cat kennels and communal areas. Other duties such as dishes and laundry are also included.
Time Commitment
2-3 hours per week. A minimum commitment of 6 months is required (unless approved for student / community hours). Shift times are:  Main Adoption Room:  8.30-11.30am, Front Adoption Room:  8.30-11.30am, Room 3:  8-10am
Roles and Responsibilities
  • Maintain clean and organized litter, kennels, counter tops and communal areas (shelving, windows, etc.) in the assigned room(s)
  • Disinfect toys (loose and in kennels), scratching posts, wooden boxes, climbing apparatus, etc. in the assigned room
  • Feed cats / kittens wet food (as appropriate), provide fresh water and maintain feeding stations
  • Wash up any dirty animal dishes
  • Perform laundry tasks (gathering dirty laundry in sacks if assigned to Room 3, and all Team Members assist with washing, drying and folding linens)
  • Dispose of garbage and recyclables
  • Wipe all surfaces after use
  • Tasks specific to the room assigned include:
    • Wiping surfaces and floors in the Animal Kitchen, as necessary
    • Placing cats ready for ‘moving up’ into carriers
    • Carrying cats in carriers to the appropriate Adoptions Room / kennel
    • Weighing cats (if specified on Kennel Cards), with assistance from the Cat Care Coordinator as required
  • Interact with cats for socialization and enrichment purposes
    • Adapt activities based on cats being interacted with
    • Stimulate and interact with cats (includes grooming, play and snuggles)
    • Reduce cat stress and improve their overall wellness
    • Provide cognitive stimulation and encourage curiosity
    • Provide places for cats to hide and perch, as appropriate
    • Stimulate cats’ hunting instinct
    • Make enrichment items (food puzzles, cat cabins…)
  • Identify and report any behavioural concerns
  • Follow appropriate protocol, policies and procedures
  • Use online Contact List & Schedule to reflect any absences and to coordinate shift coverage
Qualifications
  • 15 years of age minimum
  • Demonstrates understanding and passion for animal welfare
  • Experience working with or handling cats
  • Strong work ethic
  • Dependable, self-motivated and energetic
  • Works well unsupervised, alone and in a team environment
  • Exercises patience
  • Good communication skills
  • Reads and follows directions, and follows protocol
Positions currently available

Our Thursday Room 3 volunteer is looking for a partner to join her each week from 8.30am until approximately 11.30am. If you love cats and are looking to make a difference to animals in need, look no further – please apply today!

All applications are acknowledged, so please check your email inbox (and junk/spam folder) for a response.

Apply now

Cat Care – Food Fairy

The Food Fairy is integral to maintaining the welfare of our cats and kittens. This position starts early in the morning to ensure that all feline residents have finished eating prior to the Cat Care Team coming onsite to prepare the Adoption Rooms for the day and in readiness for any medications to be administered.

In 2023, our Cat and Dog Care Teams cared for more than 1500 animals onsite at our Animal Centre.

Description
The GTHS Food Fairy reports to the Cat Care Coordinator and ensures that all kittens and cats in the building are fed. Other duties include topping up water, washing food dishes, tidying, record keeping as necessary and following the feeding chart accurately.
Time Commitment
1-2 hours per week. This position can start any time from 6am, for duties to be concluded by 8am. A minimum commitment of 6 months is required.
Roles and Responsibilities
  • Feed cats and kittens in Adoption Rooms, Lobby and Isolation / Quarantine Rooms appropriate wet food (based on dietary requirements) or remove food, as appropriate
  • Feed kittens / cats / sick felines in appropriate order for infection control purposes
  • Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when present in each Isolation / Quarantine Room
  • Provide fresh drinking water, dry food and wet food in clean bowls and dishes
  • Remove and wash dirty animal dishes
  • Disinfect work surfaces, as necessary
  • Check all kennels and cages are properly locked before leaving each room
  • Dispose of garbage and recyclables, as necessary
  • Follow appropriate protocol, policies and procedures
  • Use online Contact List & Schedule to reflect any absences and to coordinate shift coverage
Qualifications
  • 16 years of age minimum
  • Demonstrates understanding and passion for animal welfare
  • Strong work ethic
  • Dependable and self-motivated
  • Works well unsupervised
  • Ability to read and follow directions
  • Ability to follow protocol

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