A young volunteer holding a small grey kitten.

At FieldHaven Feline Center, our volunteers are our greatest asset. As a 100% privately-funded nonprofit organization, we rely on our volunteers to help us run our cat shelter, community programs and services, and the FieldHaven Marketplace thrift store.

Our volunteers come from diverse backgrounds and contribute their time, skills, resources, and talents in areas as varied as socializing cats one-on-one to raising awareness at outreach events and cashiering at our thrift store. They are adolescents, senior citizens, and all ages in between. They make new friends, share their own skills and learn new ones. They are vital to FieldHaven’s mission of finding a solution for every cat in need.

We value your time and know that you have a choice where you spend it. We appreciate you spending as much time volunteering as you like. We don’t require a specific number of hours from our volunteers, but some roles do necessitate a minimum weekly commitment for scheduling purposes.

The first step in volunteering at FieldHaven is to fill out the Volunteer Application. Our volunteer coordinator will then contact you to discuss the best area in which to volunteer at FieldHaven. Our Community Service and Junior Volunteer Programs are currently full. Please check back and thanks for your interest.

Volunteering Needs & Positions

Please note that due to COVID-19, volunteer opportunities may be limited and positions may be on hold.

A volunteer holding a small grey tabby.

Adoption Coordinator

Adoption coordinators provide customer service and guidance to potential adopters, accessing and aligning the needs of the adopters and the cat or kitten. Many of our adoptions are done at off-site locations. Our adoption coordinators are “people people” in addition to being “cat people.” They like to interact and are great at “reading” both the human and feline needs in a potential adoption. We appreciate when our adoption coordinators help transport potential adoptees.

A group of volunteers looking over paperwork.

Animal Health Care Assistant

Animal health care assistants support our medical team of veterinarians and veterinary technicians in caring for the health of all our cats and kittens. Some of the duties include administering medications, recording vital signs, and charting.

A volunteer answering a phone call.

Community/Cat Assistant Team (CAT)

CAT volunteers provide phone customer service, staff our help desk, greet the public, respond to online inquiries, and triage requests for assistance. They are vital to the smooth operation of the shelter and FieldHaven’s overall mission to find a solution for every cat (and often, human) in need. There are opportunities for CAT volunteers to volunteer remotely.

Cat Care

Cat care volunteers take care of the day-to-day needs of our shelter and Marketplace felines. People who love taking care of kitties, including feeding and scooping, are perfect for this role. You will feel the eternal gratitude of FieldHaven’s kitties and humans. A minimum of two shifts per month is required.

Racks of clothing at FieldHaven Marketplace.

FieldHaven Marketplace

FieldHaven Marketplace is an award-winning thrift store operated by staff and volunteers for the benefit of FieldHaven Feline Center. If you like retail, you’ll love volunteering here, where you can help organize and categorize donations, merchandise the store, cashier, and interact with customers.

A volunteer holding three kittens in his hands.


We are always in need of foster parents and families to take care of kittens and cats while they are waiting for their forever homes. Please visit our Foster page for complete information, including training, on these volunteer opportunities.

A volunteer standing beside a washing machine.

Handy Person

There are always things to fix at the shelter and Marketplace or ways we can enhance FieldHaven for the benefit of visitors. Sometimes it’s changing light bulbs, fixing a broken cage latch, hanging a shelf, touching up some paint, working in the garden, or who knows what? If you are a fix-it, DIY kind-of-person, we need you!

A grey tabby cat.


Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) and Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) are two of the core services FieldHaven provides. Volunteers in this area may be sitting at a desk doing computer work or getting out in the field, helping to trap cats. Think of these volunteers as mild-mannered on the outside and superheroes on the inside!

FieldHaven executive director Joy Smith transporting carriers.


We are often in need of transporting cats from other area shelters to FieldHaven or nearby medical facilities. We transport cats to Bay Area shelters, so you may get to spend a day in San Francisco! Some of these are scheduled transports, but many are short trips with short notice. You are perfect for this opportunity if you have a flexible schedule and reliable vehicle.

Board member Angie Barreto holding a calico cat

Volunteer Coordinator

Angie Barreto

[email protected]
(916) 434-6022