Feral Cat Support Volunteer

Volunteer Position: Feral Cat Support Volunteer

Organization: Gwaii Animal Helpline Society

Welcome to the Gwaii Animal Helpline Society (GAHS), a non-profit organization registered in British Columbia and situated in Haida Gwaii, the unceded territory of the Haida Nation. GAHS operates entirely through the dedication of volunteers. Our central mission is to promote compassionate care for abandoned, surrendered, injured, or neglected companion animals, providing the essential human assistance they require. Join us in our commitment to ensuring these animals’ well-being and positively impacting our community.

Position Overview:

As a Feral Cat Support Volunteer with GAHS, you will be an essential part of our team dedicated to the well-being of under-socialized and feral cats or kittens within our Trap Neuter Release (TNR) program. This role involves supporting and caring for these animals, helping them lead healthier lives while managing their specific needs. If you have a passion for working with feral cats and a commitment to their well-being, we invite you to join us in positively impacting our community.

GAHS supports Feral Cat Volunteers by:

  • Determining the demographics, condition and the number of ferals among the residents
  • Survey the area with the volunteers to determine safe, dry and likely places to put the traps
  • Supply and delivery of live traps and blankets. 
  • Provides demonstrations and instructions on how and when to set the traps
  • Pre-arrange the spay-neuter dates with the Haida Gwaii Animal Hospital 

Volunteer Responsibilities:

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR):

  • Assist with TNR initiatives, including trapping feral cats for spaying/neutering and returning them to their original location.
  • Assist residents in the area in  setting and monitoring the traps over a specific timeframe.
  • When a feral cat is trapped:
    • Ensure the trap is covered
    •  Arrange to pick up the occupied trap.
    • Arrange delivery of the occupied trap to the  HG Animal Hospital or pre arranged safe and dry holding space.
    • Arrange for the return of the cat to either the original location or to a foster home.
    • Collect the live trap and return to storage.

Medical Observation:

  • Observe feral cats for any signs of illness or injury and report concerns to the Feral Cat Coordinator.


  • Keep detailed records of each feral cat or kitten, including health observations, TNR history, and interactions.

Socialization Efforts:

  • Work towards building trust with feral cats through slow and patient socialization efforts.
  • Collaborate with experienced team members to implement socialization strategies.


  • Make a direct impact on improving the lives of under-socialized and feral cats in the community.
  • Gain experience in feral cat management and TNR initiatives.
  • Join a supportive community of volunteers dedicated to animal well-being.


  • Previous experience or a strong interest in working with under-socialized and feral cats.
  • Patience, empathy, and a compassionate approach to animal care.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Willingness to learn and follow organization guidelines and protocols.

Time Commitment:

  • Variable, based on the needs and schedule of the Feral Cat Support team.
  • It may involve occasional weekend or evening commitments.

Application Process:

Interested candidates can complete the volunteer application form or contact us for more details.

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