Cat Snack Time, Enrichment, & Adopter Visits

Saturday, March 27th to Monday, May 31st, 2021

About

This role may include interacting with the public and assisting with meet-and-greets.

Why:
When we are open for adoptions, we never know how many community members may walk in the door looking for a new best friend. We need help balancing caring for our cats' afternoon needs while also matching as many potential adopters as we can with their new family members!

Requirements:
-Complete orientation for safe cat handling
-Abide by staff requests and guidelines at all times
-Handle kittens first, then adult cats. Wash hands or use sanitizer between animals.
-Report medical issues in vet suite on the white board
-Never introduce a cat to another cat without prior staff approval.

Top priorities:
-When arriving for your shift, please find the kennel technician in that area (Cat Adoptions or Cat Stray) ask if there are any immediate needs. If so, please follow their guidance so that we can get our kitties cared for in the best way possible.
-If a kennel technician does not have an immediate request, grab a kennel key and look for kitties whose litter boxes are dirty or whose bedding is wet or a mess. Carefully take out the soiled bedding and swap out whatever needs to be swapped. 
-After clean up time, feel free to socialize with the kitties need it the most (those who have been here longest, dogs who are panting/pacing/barking, dogs who appear depressed lying on their beds)
-Enrichment!!! This is the fastest way to help the most kitties enjoy their time at the shelter. Check the freezer for already-made enrichment to pass out, or build enrichment in our prep station (in our cat prep area) to distribute. Something as simple as treats in a paper towel roll can entertain a cat and reduce stress! https://karenpryoracademy.com/low-cost-enrichment-ideas-for-shelters/
-Laundry and dish washing - what's the fastest way to a kennel technician's heart? Through clean dishes and folded laundry!
-Assisting potential adopters: welcome people as they walk through the kennels, remind them that West is also open for viewing, and answer any questions you can. Don't have the answer? Direct them to a staff member up front. 

Requirement Details
Wondering if you should register to volunteer? Based on the CDC guidelines, we are asking you the following questions:
  1. Have you been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19? See the CDC’s risk assessment guidance.

  2. Do you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19? Symptoms can include a cough or shortness of breath or at least two of the following: Fever, Chills, Repeated shaking with chills, Muscle pain, Headache, Sore throat, New loss of taste or smell. See the CDC’s symptom information.

If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, we ask you not to register. We are doing all we can to align with best practices and keep our community healthy.
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