Volunteer at OAR

OAR volunteers make all the difference in the lives of our cats! We need volunteers for a variety of tasks. At the shelter, our cats need daily care and socialization, including cleaning their rooms, feeding, and – best of all – petting and socializing them. If you can provide a wonderful, temporary home for cats and kittens, OAR also uses foster homes for cats. And if you’re a people-person, join a committee to help us with some of our annual fundraisers and marketing events! OAR has lots of opportunities to match everyone’s talents. 

Volunteer training is offered monthly. Fill out the volunteer application (click here) to get the process started, and a volunteer will contact you shortly.   Seating is limited at training so potential volunteers will need to schedule attendance at the training with the volunteer coordinator. Thank you for your interest in helping OAR! 

Requirements to Volunteer
  • Pass background check (for safety of volunteers and shelter animals).
  • Work well with animals.
  • Work well with other volunteers.
  • Minors* must have a parent that will work alongside them at all times. 

*At this time, our guidelines do not allow youth aged under 14 to volunteer. If you are younger than 14 and would like to help, please consider holding a supply drive. For more information, please contact info@ohioalleycat.org.

Service Hour Fulfillment
We offer service hour fulfillment for college students through our Fall Service Program (application deadline: last week of August) and our Spring Service Program (application deadline: last week of December) in which you will attend orientation (2 hours), participate on a weekly cat care team (2 hours on same morning every week for 12 weeks), and you will perform a 4-hour activity to benefit the shelter (i.e., choose to perform grounds clean up or propose another suitable 4-hour project to the volunteer coordinator), for a total of 30 service hours. Upon successful completion of the program, the volunteer coordinator will sign for your service hours. Limited spots available.

At this time, we are unable to offer service hour fulfillment for other ages.