Emerald City Kitty Harbor is staffed entirely by volunteers, which means nobody at Emerald City Kitty Harbor receives money for their time or services. The facility is maintained with donated funds, all of which go directly into caring for the cats and kittens until they are adopted.
Help Out at the Adoption Center
There’s a lot to do here to keep the cats healthy and the adopters happy. Please read the job descriptions below to find out if there’s something you’d like to do. We prefer that volunteers commit to at least one regular shift per week, but some of the jobs are more flexible, so feel free to inquire if you’re interested.
This is our most needed type of volunteer. Each day litter boxes are cleaned, cats are fed and watered, the floor is swept and mopped, and the dishes are washed. On the weekends we mostly need volunteers in the morning. The facility must be completely clean before we open. Saturday & Sunday shifts are from 9 AM – 11 AM, but you can stay longer if you’d like. Naturally, the facility also needs cleaning during the week. Monday-Friday shifts are more flexible, but generally we need volunteers between 5pm – 7pm.
Several times a month, groups of kittens are taken to be spayed and neutered. Each cat or kitten is housed in an individual carrier, and they need to be taken to the vet early in the morning and picked up later in the day. The volunteer wishing to transport must have an enclosed SUV, van, or station wagon. Days will vary.
A very organized person is needed to contact suppliers and business to set up accounts for things like advertising, printing, donations, purchasing equipment and supplies. We also are looking for someone that wants to coordinate fundraising. These duties can be done at Kitty Harbor or from your home or office.
We will be looking for a volunteer coordinator this summer. Ideally this will be a person familiar with the daily operation and function of Emerald City Kitty Harbor and the adoption facility. It would also be helpful if this person lived close by. The volunteer coordinator would need to contact volunteer applicants, make a schedule, and conduct orientations.
Or Volunteer to be a Foster Home
Fostering cats and kittens is a great way to enjoy having kitties in your home without the commitment of ownership. Every year Emerald City Kitty Harbor receives dozens of cats and kittens that are not ready for adoption. Some are feral, some are simply too young, while others may need medication or socialization before being adopted.
Let us know if you’re interested in fostering litters, kittens, or ferals, and we’ll let you know when there’s an opportunity. Each type of cat has specific special requirements and can take work, but knowing you’re helping kitties become adoptable can be a very rewarding experience.
Pregnant queens and those with a new litter of kittens need a clean, warm, safe location to give birth and/or raise their kittens. Experience with queening is helpful but not necessary. Kittens are usually weaned at 8 to 10 weeks of age and can be returned to Kitty Harbor for adoption.
We receive many kittens that have been taken away from their mothers too young. Some come in as young as one week old. Because of their weak immune systems and the amount of activity at Emerald City Kitty Harbor, they’re more susceptible to disease and illness. Ideally, these kittens should be in foster care until they’re old enough to be vaccinated (8 – 10 weeks old). Some kittens need to be bottle fed, and they all need to be monitored for food intake and weight gain. They also need lots of play time so that they’ll be irresistible to potential adopters!
Fostering Ferals and Semi-Ferals
Throughout the year, we take in cats and kittens that are not tame enough to be adopted. These felines need foster homes where they will be played with and socialized. The home should have a small area where the cat can be confined until it is easily caught and handled. We usually send two kittens home at a time. Fosters should have adequate time to spend playing with and petting the kittens. You’ll see a huge change in behavior within about one week! This is a great opportunity to give a cat a better chance at a comfy life in a loving home.
If there is something you would like to do, let us know! You can view and print our Volunteer Application or call us at 206-935-1919, or stop by Emerald City Kitty Harbor during our adoption hours on the weekend to fill out a volunteer application.