Volunteering FAQ

What's Expected From Volunteers

Volunteers need to be 21. If a parent is interested in volunteering we welcome children under their supervision.

Once we receive your application, we call you to go over your application and discuss your interests. Assuming we are a good fit for you and your interests, we will schedule your orientation and training.

All new volunteers do a training program/orientation if they are interested in volunteering for the adoption program or fostering cats. For the adoption program, this takes place at Petco for at least four (4) two-hour or longer shifts over a period of 2 months by shadowing other volunteers who work with our adoption program. Potential foster caregivers will meet with an ICRA volunteer in your home to review foster home responsibilities, other key information related to fostering cats, and ICRA policies and procedures related to fostering and adoption.

Set-up and take down times at Petco are very busy. Holding and playing with cats during this time is not allowed as there are many people and animals moving around in a small space. Once the site is set up and the day has begun, or towards the end of the day before clean-up starts, there may be times when it is appropriate to pet a cat. We are very careful, however, because if a cat does get loose, they are difficult to catch.

Yes, you can. However, you need to be able to keep the fostered animals totally separate from your other pets for at least two weeks. The foster cat must have to have his or her own water, food, and litter box. After the initial two weeks, you need to keep in mind how your other pets respond to new animals.

We ask for a 6-month commitment to ICRA. We ask that volunteers are able to work a minimum of four (4) hours a month. For foster families, we ask you to begin fostering one cat or two to three kittens from the same litter.

No, you do not. We will train you to work in the area that you are most interested in. You need to have a big heart and affection for cats and kittens. We welcome volunteers who do have experience working with animals.

Please fill out our volunteer application. If you have questions, email us at volunteer@icraeastbay.org.