The effects of winter’s consistently overcast days can cause depression and hibernation for many individuals; yet studies show volunteering can lift spirits and energize people. Besides, who can resist chasing around some active new kittens or petting a soft, purring feline?
Networking, building new skills and making new friendships are also good reasons to volunteer. The Indianapolis and surrounding areas have several nonprofit organizations that need volunteers who have a passion for helping cats. Fundraising, office support, animal transportation and grooming are just a few choices for those who would like to make a difference in the pet community.
Rescue Me R.C.H.S, Inc.
Rescue Me R.C.H.S, Inc. rescues animals that are available for adoption at various Petco locations in Indianapolis, Carmel and Fishers and PetSmart in Noblesville. Volunteers are needed to clean cages and socialize with cats for a few hours a week, morning or evenings. Please contact Beth Joris for more information at (765) 468-3055.
IndyFeral and FACE Spay/Neuter Clinic
The goal of IndyFeral and FACE Spay/Neuter Clinic is to reduce the stray and feral cat overpopulation through non-lethal method of Trap-Neuter-Return instead of trap and kill. IndyFeral seeks volunteers for spaying/clinical assistance, trapping and transporting cats to the clinic, office support, food bank, fundraising, grant writing, outreach, education and those willing to donate their time as veterinarians or veterinary technicians. For further questions or information, call (317) 596-2300.
Indianapolis’ oldest no-kill shelter, Cats Haven was founded over 20 years ago for special-needs cats and kittens and senior cats that have outlived their owners. The shelter needs help with cleaning/housekeeping, fundraising, special events, educational and outreach projects, grant research and grooming. Call (317) 925-7001.
Southside Animal Shelter
The mission of Southside Animal Shelter is to rescue healthy, treatable dogs and cats at risk for euthanasia and nurture and restore them for loving homes. Volunteers are needed at adoption events, for animal transportation, and foster homes. Please call (317) 710-2831.
Humane Society of Indianapolis
The nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization, the Humane Society of Indianapolis is looking for foster care help, serving in the shelter, service projects and more. Please call Volunteer Services for more information at (317) 872-5650, ext. 106.