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Cat Cuddler volunteers play a crucial role in providing humane care and ensuring the health and safety of cats in our care. With the support of the Volunteer Manager and Coordinator, Cat Cuddlers will provide socialization and enrichment for the cats in our shelter, as well as working with the general public to show adoptable cats.

Available Shifts

We are currently recruiting for Cat Cuddler volunteers who are available during the following shifts:

  • Wednesdays from
    • 9:15 – 11 a.m.
    • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Socialize with cats either in their cage, condo, or in the get-acquainted room
  • Observe and document any medical or behavioral concerns, and report them to the appropriate channel
  • Maintain a presence in the Cat Room during open hours and assist customers by answering question
  • Show cats to interested customers in the get-acquainted room
  • Report any negative or positive information back to the front office staff regarding customer meet and greet
  • Maintain cat room cleanliness by sterilizing your hands, rolling your clothes after each cat and directing customers to do the same
  • Follow proper safety guidelines when handling cats in our isolation room
  • Follow all Maryland SPCA policies and procedures regarding cat handling

Physical Demands

  • Ability to lift and/or restrain 25+ pounds
  • Standing for periods on time with frequent bending, kneeling, stooping and reaching

Volunteering Environment

  • Volunteering is performed in a kennel setting
  • Volunteers can be exposed to strong smells, animal waste, and potentially hazardous conditions, including the risk of animal bites
  • Volunteers are required to wear pants, closed toe shoes and shirts with sleeves at all time. A volunteer t-shirt will be provided after 10 hours of service. Personal protective equipment, as provided by the Maryland SPCA, will be required when working with cats in isolation.


  • A minimum of 2 shifts per month for 6 months