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Cats in Progress Fall 2022--New Volunteer Questionnaire (external)

WELCOME! We're so glad to hear you're interested in joining Humane Society Silicon Valley's innovative and effective specialty feline role: Cats in Progress.

We are one of the only shelters in the state that offers this kind of a role, which combines an on-site ringworm treatment program (with a 100% graduation rate) and a behavior modification program for undersocialized hissy and spitty kittens. We know that this role not only serves the most at-risk kittens in our community but also that it is a critical part of expanding our capacity for rescue and adoption during kitten season (April-November).

Please read below for more information about this role and some important questions to ask yourself as you consider joining this special team of volunteers!
What are the basic requirements of this role?
  • Open to volunteers 18 years or older
  • Read the Cats in Progress volunteer role description
    • one-year service commitment
    • June-October: 12 hours/month (1 shift of 3 hr per week)
    • November-May: 3 hours/month (1 shift of 3 hr per month, minimum)
    • following treatment plans set by medical and behavior; providing physical and emotional care for kittens not ready for adoption
What kinds of skills do I need to be a great candidate?
  • attention to detail
  • able to climb a two-step ladder and bend at the waist (other activities can be modified if needed)
  • careful record-keeping
  • following all safety protocols
  • willing to work with all types of kitties (from shy and fearful to spirited and sassy)
  • not bothered by strong smells such as disinfectant and sulfur-based medications

What else can you tell me about this role?
  • Watch THIS presentation to learn more about volunteering in a ringworm program

2. Are you over 18 years old? *This question is required.
This question requires a valid email address.
4. Which of these animal types have you previously worked with? *This question is required.
5. Typically, how do you learn best when presented with new information? *This question is required.
  • * This question is required.
8. Can you attend the virtual Meet and Greet Information Session live on Thursday, August 18 at 6pm? *This question is required.
What comes next?

Next steps for this recruitment are:
  • Attend the virtual Meet and Greet on Thursday, August 18 at 6pm
  • Tell us if the role is right for you (email by Sunday, August 21
  • Register as a new volunteer and attend New Volunteer Onboarding on Tuesday, September 6 at 5pm 
  • Attend the mandatory hands-on training session with Medical and Animal Care staff on Saturday, September 10 from 11:30am-2:30pm
  • Sign up for hands-on training sessions with volunteer trainers; most new volunteers require 2-3 training sessions (training shifts are available 7 days a week, both daytime and evening).