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!
Connie McBeath started taking photographs when she was 14 years old. “I’ve always been a photographer, for as long as I can remember,” says Connie. “When I was a kid, I saved my money to buy a camera and I took photos of my family.” Now, armed with professional-level photography equipment, Connie is the eye behind most of the photographs you see on the Homeward Bound Cat Adoptions website and used in various publicity pieces. She explains that what she is looking for is a cat’s personality, and she tries to capture their quirkiness.
Connie’s love for photography extended to her professional career as an x-ray and ultrasound technician. She spent her career in imaging, and shortly after she retired in 2019, she started volunteering at Homeward Bound Cat Adoptions. “I would always see Homeward Bound at Petco where I bought food for my cats,” says Connie. “I thought that when I retired, I’d like to work for a non-profit like that!”
She didn’t originally volunteer for the role of cat photographer, but the position fell into her lap. “When I first started, I was trying to figure out where I fit in,” Connie explained. “There was someone already taking photos, but she had to take a leave of absence, so it was the perfect fit for me.”
Connie visits the adoption center at least once a week to take photos of new cats and kittens. She also photographs special events hosted by Homeward Bound and provides photos for various other projects.Connie says taking photos of the cats is easy – the goal is to focus on their eyes. “If you’ve ever looked at a cat’s eyes, they’re fantastic and crazy beautiful! Their eyes just bring people in.”
When she first started volunteering as a photographer, she would try to take photos of the new cats right away, but she says you could see in their eyes how scared they were. Now, she waits a few days to let the cats get used to their new surroundings. “The kindness of the organization will bring out the personalities in these cats,” says Connie. “It’s amazing to see the changes in the cats even a week after they arrive.”
Her role became even bigger last year. Connie points out how important photography became during the pandemic when everything transitioned to a virtual world. “We weren’t letting people into the adoption center, so the pictures of the cats online were what drew people in,” says Connie. “They’d see a certain cat online and they’d want to adopt that cat.”
Connie, who is also a Junior League sustaining member as well as a past board member for the Girl Scouts, says volunteering is very important to her, and she now puts all of her energies into Homeward Bound. “They’re the kindest people. All of the volunteers are so kind, and they all understand cats. I get such good vibes from being there!” she says, with a smile.
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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