4Paws Rescue Team operates using a work force made up entirely of
volunteers. Consequently, the number of feline lives
that we are able to save is directly related to the generosity of those
who are willing to donate their time to our cause. Different volunteer
activities require varying degrees of commitment. With as little as
thirty (30) minutes a week, you can make a significant difference and
help us to save more lives. Please call 703-715-6369 or e-mail
if you are interested in any of the following volunteer opportunities:
4Paws Volunteer Release
Fair Set Up
Volunteers are needed to help set up cages for adoption fairs. Set up
takes place the Friday night before a show and lasts approximately one
Adoption Fairs are usually held on one or two Saturdays each month.
Volunteers talk to potential adopters about general cat care and help
them handle the cats that are available for adoption. At the end of
each show volunteers help dismantle the cages. Due to Petco's store
policy, adoption fair assistants must be at least 18 years of age.
Foster homes are needed to provide temporary housing for cats and
kittens. Volunteers provide food, shelter and love; 4Paws pays for
pre-authorized vet services. Foster homes transport their wards to and
from adoption fairs which are usually held twice each month in Northern
Virginia Petco stores. The commitment can vary from a few weeks to a
couple of months depending upon the availability of the volunteer.
Home Visit Volunteers
Volunteers set up appointments with adopters to visit their homes and
pets. New volunteers are trained by an experienced person and briefed
on appropriate responses to questions that may arise. The visits
usually take twenty minutes and are limited to the geographical
location requested by the volunteer.
Individuals are asked to commit to one evening or morning each week to
care for the cats that are temporarily housed at Petco stores.
Volunteers give the cats fresh food and water, scoop the litter, clean
the cages and provide love and attention to the cats at the store of
their choice. Due to Petco's store policy, store volunteers must be at
least 18 years of age.
Volunteers are needed to transport cats for a variety of reasons.
Sometimes cats need transportation from a store to the vet; other times
they need to be moved from one Petco store to another. Requests are
usually flexible to fit the volunteer's schedule. Most frequent need
for transportation is on the weekend and during the day on weekdays.
Volunteers return calls from people who need help placing their pets or
stray cats that they have found. Volunteers are asked to commit to
check the voicemail three times each week and return approximately five
(5) calls each time.
note: Volunteers under the age of 18 must be
accompanied by an adult.
We often find cats that are too shy or skittish to be adopted into
homes. We are able to vaccinate and sterilize these animals, but
unfortunately, they often cannot be returned to their original location
due to any number of dangers-marauding dogs, construction, busy streets.
Do you know a cat lover who keeps horses?
These sweet, but shy, city cats have few options for a decent life-and
they would love to move to a warm barn in the country! Please call
703-715-6369 or e-mail
us if you or someone you know can provide a barn for some of
these cats. We'll be happy to deliver these cats (altered and
vaccinated) and provide advice on how to integrate them into the barn.
Placing city cats in country barns is a winning situation for all
concerned. Your new barn cats will certainly earn their keep by helping
to control the rodent population, and you'll be saving a feline life or