It takes a village of people to save cat and kitten lives, and as a 100% volunteer organization we rely so much on the men and women who devote their time, skills, and effort to the cause. There are lots of different ways you can volunteer to help Cat Crusaders, but some of the primary areas that we need volunteers for are the following:


Kennelers are responsible for taking care of the cats and kittens that are being shown at PetSmart, cleaning the cages, refilling food/water/litter, and playing with the cats so that they get plenty of exercise and love! We provide all training and materials, the cats provide the mess. There are a variety of morning and afternoon shifts available for our weekend kennelers.

+Adoption Counselors

Our Adoption Counselors are responsible for managing the teen volunteers, ensuring that the adoption center is in order, and (most importantly) facilitating adoptions, screening new families to help ensure they’ve made the right choice, and completing the adoption forms. If you love playing matchmaker, this will be right up your alley! There’s no formal experience needed, just a big heart, an outgoing personality, and a love for cats. We’ll provide extensive training, you bring a positive attitude and a desire to help homeless cats and kittens!

+Fundraising & Grant Writing

As with any non-profit, the scope of the work we’re able to do is completely dependent upon the donations we’re able to raise. Our fundraising team is crucial to ensuring that we’re able to raise the money necessary to save as many cats and kittens as possible! We’re in need of someone with grant writing and fundraising event coordination experience to assist our fundraising team. If this is a strength of yours, please consider utilizing your fundraising skills to help our organization! It’s one of the most rewarding volunteer positions because you’re able to see the fruits of your labors firsthand with every cat and kitten that is saved from euthanasia or rescued off the streets.

Other Volunteer Positions

Although Kenneling, Adoptions, and Fundraising are three of our biggest areas of need, there are lots of other ways that you can volunteer to help our organization if your talents aren’t quite suited to those positions! Some other volunteer areas include:

  • Website

  • Social media

  • Graphic design

  • Clerical work

  • Friday night cage set-up

  • Laundry

  • Data entry

  • Medical team

Volunteering with Cat Crusaders is a great way for teens to earn their community service hours.

Volunteer Application

Want to join our volunteer team? You can submit your online application below or, if you prefer, you can download our volunteer application, fill it out, and email it to!

Please ensure that you qualify for our volunteer requirements before applying:

  • Must be 15 years or older (children ages 10-14 may volunteer with an adult)

  • Must be able to commit to two shifts per month for at least six months

  • Must complete two training shifts (one kenneling shift and one cage setup shift) and be able to independently follow checklists after two months of volunteering

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Emergency Contact Information
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A Little Bit About You
Have you ever released a cat to us in the past? *
Do you have animal allergies? *
Have you ever been accused of a felony? *
Residential Information
Do you currently have pets living in your residence? *
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Are all of your pets current on their vaccines? *
Areas of Interest
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Your Availability
Please note that all volunteers who work at the New Tampa Petsmart (kennelers, adoption counselors, etc.) are typically required to commit to two shifts a month.
i.e. 5 hours a week or 20 hours a month, etc.
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I agree to release, discharge, indemnify, and hold harmless Cat Crusaders Inc. for any and all damage to my personal property while performing my volunteer services with Cat Crusaders Inc. in a volunteer capacity. This may also include assisting in adopting of pets through Cat Crusaders Inc. at local PetSmart stores or offsite events sponsored in full or in part by Cat Crusaders Inc. I recognize that in handling animals with Cat Crusaders Inc. while performing my volunteer services, there exists a risk of injury, including personal, physical hardship. On behalf of myself, my heirs, my personal representatives and executors, I hereby release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless Cat Crusaders Inc., its agents, servants, and employees of PetSmart from any and all claims, causes of action of demand, of any nature or cause connected with my Volunteer Agreement and Release. This might include costs and attorneys’ fees and court costs incurred by Cat Crusaders Inc. and/or PetSmart in connection with my volunteer services based on damages or injuries which might be incurred or sustained, but are not limited to animal bites, scratches, accidents, injuries and personal property damage.