All cat lovers are welcome! This is a great opportunity to get to spend an hour or so with cats and kittens. Our cleaners are essential to keeping the cat display area at PetSmart neat and clean so that potential adopters fall in love with our felines on display.
This opportunity has passed.
Purr Partners has cats and kittens on display at PetSmart. Petsmart requires a volunteer each night to clean and check on our cats and kittens.
There are two types of cleaning jobs available - Daily Cleaners and Change-Over Weekly Cleaners.
Daily Cleaners at PetSmart are responsible for kitties cages as well as keeping the adoption area clean. Scooping litter boxes, filling food and water bowls, wiping down cages, cleaning windows, sweeping and cleaning floors, straightening and cleaning adoption room and behind cage areas, filling brochures and information for the public that is displayed, checking the kitties for signs of illness or stress and socializing with the kitties.
The time required for the daily cleaning is around 1 - 1 1/2 hours each shift, unless the kitties have been extremely messy or you wish to stay and play with the kitties.
Change-over Weekly Cleaning:
Once a week when the kitties are not there, typically a Tuesday, the cleaning protocol includes disinfecting and sterilizing each cage, litter boxes, food and water bowls, and the adoption area for the new kitties coming in. The weekly change-over cleaning could take as long as 2 hours or more.
Training is required and once trained, volunteers are assigned to a particular shift. These shifts can be once a week, once every other week, once a month etc. It just depends on the amount of volunteers we have for each day and the days a volunteers is available.
Once you are assigned to a shift, we count on you to be there unless we are notified they need a sub for that shift. Most of the shifts take place anywhere from 4-7pm. The cleaners have a window between those hours that they can arrive and do the cleaning.
In order to be on the cleaning team as an individual, you need to be over 18 - BUT we do have several parent and teens who volunteer with us as cleaners. That is permissible ONLY if the adult stays with the child every minute they are there at PetSmart.