As a non-profit organization with some very complex challenges on our plate, we are depend on our wonderful volunteers to keep us organized and helping as many animals as possible. We believe that our volunteers get back as much as they give, whether it being through learning skills and gaining experience or just from getting the satisfaction of knowing that they are contributing to something greater than themselves. We love our volunteers and are always looking for new individuals to add to the CAF family.

We do have some requirements for volunteering:
1. If you are under age 18 you will need to be accompanied by an adult guardian while volunteering.
2. As much as we appreciate any help, we do need a certain amount of reliability. You must be able to commit to a schedule and we are unable to train volunteers to work with our animals if they will be staying with us for a short time (e.g. 20 hours of community service). We do accept short-term volunteers for non-animal-related help.

Store Help

Our thrift stores (particularly our Sunny Brae location) are always receiving and selling donations. Tasks like clothes hanging, shop cleaning, library organizing, etc., are always of invaluable help to us and bring in the funds that the animals need.

Animal Help

Our animals (mostly kittens) are always stubborn about cleaning their own rooms. Volunteers can assist our employees in cleaning cages and our kitten room, providing food and attention, and doing medical evaluations.

Other Help

There is more beyond the store! We do fundraisers and clinics which always can use more hands to help advertise and make the event run smoothly. Skills in publicity, data organization, and specialized labor (e.g. plumbing) can also be of great help to us!


CAF often encounters situations where we want to help animals, but they would best be cared for in a home outside our facility. As an example, a territorial mother cat with a group of nursing kittens can often benefit from having a "quiet space" in a home rather than staying at our rather busy store. If you would like to be on our list of foster homes when can contact in these situations, please download and bring in a foster application to our store at 88 Sunny Brae Center, Arcata.

Want to join our team? Click this button to go to our Forms page so you can print out a volunteer or foster application to give us, or come to our Sunny Brae location to pick one up and ask us any questions!