Our Cats Love Our Humans


A young boy 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, learn new and share special skills, and 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.

Join Us!

The first step in volunteering at FieldHaven is to fill out the Volunteer Survey. Our volunteer coordinator will then contact you to discuss the best area in which to volunteer at FieldHaven.

Volunteer Needs

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.

Animal Health Care Assistant

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

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 times, 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. Time required is a minimum two shifts per month.

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.


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.

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!

Healing Hands

Healing hands volunteers spend one-on-one time with our cats and kittens to develop a feline personality profile which helps them find their ideal forever family. Duties include spending time with a cat (what could be better than that?) and recording observations as well as collaborating with our veterinary, adoption and marketing teams to provide information to promote our cats and kittens.


Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) and Trap Neuter Release (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 super heroes on the inside!


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 transports are regularly scheduled, but many are short trips with short notice. You are perfect for this opportunity if you have a flexible schedule and reliable vehicle.

Volunteer Coordinator

Trish Milthorpe
[email protected]
(916) 434-6022