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!
Ken Rubin started out as a dog person. “I grew up with dogs, right up until the first cat showed up at my door,” jokes Ken. His mom was an animal lover and an advocate who was active in a local animal rescue organization on the east coast. “My sister, who had up to 17 foster cats at her house once, and I definitely follow in my mom’s footsteps!” says Ken. Ken, who is semi-retired due to a disability, first heard about Homeward Bound Cat Adoptions several years ago, at his doctor’s office. “There were several homeless cats hanging out there,” says Ken. “The staff and I started feeding them.” Some of the cats found homes through weekend adoption events hosted at Petco, and Ken quickly became involved with Homeward Bound.
Now, you can find Ken at their adoption center, which opened two years ago, nearly every day. “I think I’ve only missed one day in the past two months,” says Ken. His responsibilities vary. He transports cats and kittens to and from veterinary appointments, he picks up pet supplies, and he even helps with laundry—but his favorite thing to do is spend time with the cats and connect potential adopters with the perfect cat.
“I socialize the cats every day and get to know each of them really well,” says Ken. “When people come in to adopt, I take them around to every cat and share stories about them. Their habits, feline friends, and their personality traits.” He admits he does get protective of the cats, and that there’s no way he could ever pick a favorite. “They’re all my favorites,” laughs Ken. “I usually focus on the ones that seem like they need a little something extra. I just love to make sure they’re all taken care of.”
All that extra TLC does seem to work, as Ken fondly shares a story about Eugene, a cat who never lets anyone get near him. “I visit him every day, and about a month ago, he finally jumped into my lap! He did it 5 or 6 days in row. Prior to that, there was only one other person able to get Eugene to come to him. He’s a changed cat now, and hopefully, we’ll find him a home soon!”
Ken also is known for taking care of and feeding the homeless cats in his neighborhood, which he considers an extension of his work at Homeward Bound. “It never ends. There are so many cats that need help,” says Ken. “I do this because I enjoy helping the cats. They can be very needy, and they need someone to watch over them. Whatever needs to be done for the cats, that’s what I like to do.”
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.
Thank you for your interest in fostering cats and kittens to help 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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