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Volunteer Steps

Steps to becoming a Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic Volunteer

Step 1: Attend a volunteer orientation.

Orientation serves as an introduction to our organization, our services and policies, the requirements to become a volunteer, and the different volunteer opportunities that are available. It is a time for you to ask questions, as well, about positions you may be interested in or policies we hold. Due to seating space limitations at our shelter, you must reserve a spot for the orientation ahead of time. Check out our Calendar of Events for upcoming orientation dates.

Step 2: Fill out our online volunteer application.

When you fill out the online volunteer application, you will be contacted with an invitation to upcoming volunteer orientations. If you are interested in being a foster volunteer, please fillout the Foster Volunteer Application.

Step 3: Pay volunteer fee online.

The Volunteer fee covers your background check (if applicable), volunteer t-shirt, name tag, a copy of the volunteer manual & other handouts, and our volunteer database. If the fee is cost-prohibitive, or you prefer to pay by check or cash, please contact the Volunteer Manager to make alternative arrangements.

Step 4: Complete the Background Check.

All volunteers aged 18 and older must complete a background check. Your $30.00 volunteer fee goes towards the cost, as such volunteers must complete Step 3 in order to advance to volunteering. Volunteers aged 14 - 17 do not have to complete the background check.

Step 5: Sign up for an organizational training with the Volunteer Manager or Foster & Transfer Coordinator.

During the training, we will go over policies and procedures for animal handling, reading animal body language, disease control, and more. You will receive your t-shirt and nametag, be given a tour of the clinic and shelter, and finish the training by applying you newly learned skills on the cats and kittens in the adoption room!

Step 6: Start volunteering!

You will be matched with a Volunteer Mentor or Staff member who will begin your training for your position. After 1 to 2 position training shifts, you will be able to set your own schedule. (Advance positions require a regular weekly shift.) Foster volunteers will complete a homecheck and get their first cat or kittens to foster!

Please contact our Volunteer Manager Mandy Lee at if you have any questions.

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