Are you interested in making a real difference in the lives of homeless cats and dogs? Are you ready to get your hands dirty and pitch in? Then you just might want to become a New Lease on Life volunteer!


Volunteering at the Shelter

There are three main jobs at the shelter:

  • General Cleaning
    • Duties include changing litterboxes, sweeping and mopping floors, organizing supplies, refilling food and water dishes, washing dishes, etc.
    • Typical length of time needed: At least 1 hour, or up to three hours
  • Laundry
    • Volunteers can either take the cat and dog bedding to the laundromat down the street or home to wash
    • Typical length of time needed: 1 hour for a load
  • Grooming
    • Volunteers trim nails and brush fur for dogs and cats
    • Typical length of time needed: 2 hours

When to volunteer:

  • Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm
  • Sundays 1pm to 7pm 

Is there anything I need to know before I volunteer?

No, we will train you on everything you need to know about handling the animals and sanitation procedures. All you need is a willingness to learn and ask questions.

We do recommend that you wear old clothes to volunteer because you will most likely be using disinfectants and/or bleach which can stain clothes. T-shirts and jeans are usually the dress code, so dress comfortably!

Can I bring my child with me? Can my child volunteer on their own?

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age to volunteer on their own, and all volunteers must be mature enough to complete cleaning tasks unsupervised. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is also volunteering and will be allowed to volunteer only as long as they show the maturity required to complete tasks.

Can I still volunteer if I’m allergic?

The simple answer to this is, it depends on the severity of your allergy. If you are allergic to dogs, most likely not because we do have dogs coming and going through all areas of the shelter at all times. If you are allergic to cats, this depends on how bad your allergic reactions are and what your comfort level is. We recommend visiting the shelter before committing to a full shift to gage whether or not this will be the right fit for you.


Become a Foster Parent

Not able to commit to a weekly shift? Have a bit of spare room in your home to temporarily house a cat or dog? Fostering might be right for you! Foster parents care for a homeless cat or dog or litter of puppies or kittens, typically for a few weeks, before they’re able to enter the shelter permanently. New Lease on Life provides all necessary vetting and can typically help foster parents with supplies, food and litter while the foster is in your care.

Fosters typically care for:

  • Brand new cat or dogs who need a temporary home before entering the shelter. Typically in foster care 2–3 weeks.
  • Litters of puppies or kittens who are not yet old enough to be spayed/neutered and be adopted. Typically in foster care until 8 weeks old.
  • Injured cats or dogs who need time to recover before entering the shelter. In foster care until cleared by the vet for adoption.
  • Ill cats or dogs on medication. Usually on meds for 2 weeks, depending on vet instructions. return to the shelter once cleared by the vet. NLL pays for all vetting.
  • Bottlefed kittens or puppies without a mother. Experienced fosters only. Return to shelter at 8–10 weeks old or when large enough to spay/neuter.

Foster parents usually care for only one adult at a time or one litter. You always have your choice of what type of fosters to accept. If you are only interested in fostering adults, that is what you will be given. If you are only interested in fostering injured or ill animals, that is what you will be offered. We want to work with you to make sure the experience is great for both you and your foster.

To get started, call 330–397–8270 or email AdoptNLL@yahoo.com