NatCat Student Awards Program

shelter volunteering

 

The NatCat Student Awards Program was developed for students interested in volunteering with shelter cats and training on proper shelter-cat care. Located at NatCat Newport, the Program consists of three levels based on the time spent volunteering and training:


Bronze Tabby

For students in:

Elementary school
• Middle school
• High school

To complete, students must:

Volunteer for 10 hours

Upon completion, earn a:

• Certificate of Appreciation
• Bronze Paw Medal
• Photo taken with President Denise Johnston, to appear on NatCat.org and in the shelter
Silver Tabby

For students in:

• Middle school
• High school

To complete, students must:

• Volunteer for 20 hours
• Train with our vet tech on:
- Brushing all types of fur, such as matted fur
- Minimal restraint
- Cleaning eyes and ears
- Trimming nails
- The importance of spaying/neutering
• Write a paper on cat grooming and spaying/neutering*

Upon completion, earn a:

• Certificate of Appreciation
• Silver Paw Medal
• Photo taken with President Denise Johnston, to appear on NatCat.org and in the shelter


*Or approved topics

Gold Tabby

For students in:

• Middle school
• High school
• Post-High school

To complete, students must:

• Volunteer for 20 hours
• Train for two days with our vet tech on:
- Cleaning cages
- Feeding
- Checking health
- Counting cats
- Litter pan/dish cleaning
- Laundry
- Grooming techniques
- The importance of spaying/neutering in detail
• Write a paper on shelter-cat
care and spaying/neutering*


Upon completion, earn a:

• Certificate of Appreciation
• Gold Paw Medal
• Photo taken with President Denise Johnston, to appear on NatCat.org and in the shelter