We Need You!
Homeward Bound Cat Adoptions is a volunteer-driven organization, which means that the care of our cats as well as raising awareness for what we do entirely depends on people like you. Regardless of how much time you can offer us, you can make a huge difference!
We would not exist without volunteers. They contribute to socializing kittens born on the street, hosting adoption events, taking photos and promoting our cats for adoption, daily cleaning, and so much more. They range in all ages from all walks of life. Join our family and make an impact on homeless cats!
One of the first people you’re likely to meet at Homeward Bound Cat Adoptions is Cindy Vallar. Since October, she's been volunteering several days a week, answering the phones, speaking with potential adopters, processing adoption paperwork and invoices, and handwriting thank-you notes to supporters. Previously, Cindy was on the board of another animal organization. She was looking for ways to give back when she received an email from Volunteer Match last fall, and she knew the time was right. “I love animals! They’ve brought so much joy to my life,” says Cindy. “Having a pet is such a great thing for people, and being able to help make that available to people is so rewarding.”
In addition to administrative duties, Cindy also helps other volunteers get to know the cats so she can better pair people and cats together. “The best thing about this organization is they really want the adoption to go well. They’re all about pairing the right person with the right cat. I tell people to take as long as they need when they visit us because the goal is to find the right cat for their lifestyle.”
Cindy has one dog at home, and recently adopted a 2-year old cat, Barney, from Homeward Bound Cat Adoptions. She says he was pretty rough around the edges when he arrived but you could tell he was sweet because of his tendencies to sit on your lap and purr. Barney tested positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus and Cindy wanted to help. "I knew he would need someone who could provide him with continued medical care and thought, that’s me! Maybe this is a match made in heaven. He’s had a rough life, and maybe I can make his life happier!” Cindy volunteers with many other local organizations too, including a local elementary school, and a small business group. She also serves as President of the Friends of Henderson Libraries.
What she loves most about her time at Homeward Bound Cat Adoptions is the dedication of the volunteer team. “I’m so impressed with how much they’re able to do with volunteers and a limited paid staff. The commitment of the volunteers to the mission and the cause is amazing.” Cindy's biggest hope when she volunteers at the adoption center is to match a homeless cat with their new person. “One woman just adopted a cat, and as she was walking to her car, she said to me, ‘I’m so happy I could cry,’” says Cindy. “That is just such a great feeling.”
Ways you can help:
- Cat Care: Help us feed and clean up after our feline friends. Keep their living environment fresh and sanitary. Help with laundry and general cleaning.
- Medical: Help cats with medical needs, give medication and keep logs of treatments given.
- Computer/Data Entry: Keep our cats' computer and paper records up to date with vaccinations, tests, medical treatments and other information. Enter new cats and adoptions in the database.
- Office/Adoptions: Answer phone, give advice and resources. Greet visitors, accept deliveries, show cats, complete the adoption process. Review adoption applications and interview potential adopters.
- Off-Site Adoptions: Spend a Saturday or Sunday with our cats & kittens at Petco. Answer questions, complete adoption paperwork, take photos, help new owners prepare to take their cat home.
- Intake and Foster Assistant: Help with foster applications, email/phone communications, intake requests, and the intake process. Assist with intake examinations.
- Marketing/Graphic Design: Provide suggestions for social media posts. Create infographics and other graphics as needed.
- Brand Ambassador: Share our mission, goals, and ways to get involved at off-site events.
- Must be at least 14 years old. Volunteers under 18 must volunteer alongside a parent or adult.
- Commit to scheduled volunteer times and notify Homeward Bound when unable to attend your shift.
- Must be able to squat, bend, twist, lift and stand when working with the cats in our care.
- Must be able to work well with people – work directly with the public and other volunteers.
- Must dress appropriately for the workplace. We will provide a Homeward Bound t-shirt.
- Must be able to handle cats safely and compassionately.
- Must be able to take and seek direction and have a self-motivated work ethic.
Our Foster Care Program enables us to dramatically improve our, and our community’s, live release rate for cats. We began as a foster based organization and though we have an adoption center now, we still need the program to elevate our presence in the community, develop relationships with supporters and most of all, save lives.
Foster care is simply opening your heart and home temporarily for kittens who cannot care for themselves, as well as adult cats who need a break from the center or may be recovering from a medical condition or illness. Sign up today!
In order to be considered to be a foster home you must:
- Be 21 years of age or older.
- Have the knowledge and consent of all adults living in your household.
- Have verifiable identification.
- Have a room in your home to keep foster cats safe and away from your other pets.
- Understand that Homeward Bound has the right to deny your application.
- Agree to a home visit before and during the time when you might foster for Homeward Bound.
Thanks to a grant from Maddie's Fund, we can now save the lives of cats in critical medical situations. The new program requires long-term fosters willing to give a loving home to a kitty that needs ongoing veterinary care for treatable health problems. We retain ownership and medical financial responsibility. You provide love, food, supplies, transportation, and a continuing dialog regarding the cats health.
WHERE TO ADOPT
2675 East Flamingo Road Ste 3
Las Vegas NV 89121
By Appointment Only:
Tuesday - Sunday 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
OFF-SITE ADOPTION LOCATIONS
Petco - Eastern Beltway
2340 E. Serene Avenue
By Appointment Only:
Saturday & Sunday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
PetSmart - McCarran Marketplace (On Hold)
5915 S. Eastern Avenue
Las Vegas NV 89119
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