Direct Cat Care
Direct cat care requires an on going weekly committement. Cat care volunteers must be at least 12 years old. Anyone under the age of 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Cat care shifts are somewhat flexible and training is set up on an individual basis. Duties include playing, petting, and cuddling, as well as feeding, and cleaning litter boxes and crates.
Direct Dog Care
Direct dog care requires an on going weekly commitment. Dog care volunteers must be at least 14 years old. Anyone under the age of 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Dog volunteer shifts are typically from about 6:00-8:00am each morning and 3:00-5:00pm each afternoon. Duties include playing with dogs, snuggling/brushing them, and walking them. Please note this involves being outdoors even during inclement weather. While the walking trail is not long, it does include a number of hills and volunteers should be prepared with closed toed shoes and other appropriate attire for the weather. If this may be too strenuous, but you would still like to be involved, we do have a need for cleaners, which is primarily indoors. Cleaning duties involve changing soiled linens, sweeping, mopping, and washing dishes.
At this time we are not completing Direct Dog Care training due to the COVID-19 situation.
Foster A Dog or Cat
Foster families are always needed. FOPAS covers the cost of food and medical care, and the foster family provides a safe, loving home while the cat/dog awaits a forever home. We ask that our foster families transport the animal to adoptions events on a regular basis.
If you would like to be screened as a foster home please complete the online Adoption application. Under "Name of Dog/Cat Interested in" please state "Fostering" and the species (either dog or cat).
Due to the COVID-19 situation, at this time we are accepting foster applications for dogs, but we are not completing the required home visits (required prior to taking the first foster dog home). The cat fostering process is continuing as normal.
Our fundraising team brainstorms ideas for fundraising events and executes each event, including things such as: securing venue locations, preparing entertainment for event guests, soliciting donations, coordinating volunteers at the event.
FOPAS Retail Store
FOPAS Fabulous Finds, located in historic downtown Parkville, is open Fridays and Saturdays (10AM-1PM). We are in need of volunteers to regularly cover shifts working in our retail store. Volunteers help customers, receive donations, and work at the register. All store proceeds go to support the animals in our care.