We are always looking for volunteers!
Volunteers are always needed for various tasks including fundraising, attending rescue related events, or cleaning and feeding the cats housed at Petco in Whitehall.
Do you enjoy planning events and working with people? We are in need of volunteers to help us with our fundraising efforts. Any amount of time that you can spare will be much appreciated! For more information please email: [email protected]
Another way you can volunteer is through foster care!
SOAR Foster Care Application
We are always in need of foster homes for cats, and kittens, dogs and puppies. If you are considering fostering please keep in mind that when fostering a cat or a kitten, a safe and secure area is required to allow them to exercise and acclimate to their new environment. Kittens need an area where you can keep a cage filled with toys, food bowls and a litter box, separate from your own animals. Dogs require adequate space and should receive exercise a few times per day. If you foster a puppy you will be responsible to teach potty and crate training. All animals must be kept clean without disease and in a clean, tidy environment. See below for spotlights on just a few of our volunteers!
“As a child, I always brought home stray & injured animals…birds, bunnies, cats & dogs. Around the age of 9 or 10, this caused me to miss the school bus after digging a bird out of the icy snow; it was stuck and I took it home to care for it.
I officially started volunteering with animal rescue in 1995 when I was asked for help with farm cats I was caring for. Over the next 24 years I have fostered over 1000 cats & kittens, 200 dogs & puppies, along with a few rabbits and guinea pigs. I take a great deal of pleasure in finding loving homes for these innocent creatures. It gives me such a great sense of happiness to see a sad soul grow in confidence that they can move on and find a loving home.
I am currently helping to TNR a feral colony; it is very rewarding when the kittens from the colony are able to be tamed, adopted and safe from a short & difficult life on the streets. In addition to helping the animals, I have met some wonderful people and made lifelong friends. Being involved in rescue and fostering animals has been a very fulfilling part of my life. It’s a pleasure to hear from families year later, after they have adopted one of my fosters!”
Karen & Cassandra
This mother & daughter dynamic duo has a passion for cat rescue! Over the years they have helped to rescue hundreds of cats! Whether it is trapping cats via trap neuter and release, rescuing strays, or fostering kittens & cats, these two always have our furry friends best interests in mind! Karen has been involved in animal rescue for over 30 years, and introduced her daughter Cassandra to the rewarding practice when she was only 3 years old. Karen is a wealth of knowledge & experience, and strives to find the perfect home for all of SOAR’s rescued animals! Cassandra enjoys seeing the kittens grow, getting the perfect adoption photo, talking to potential new families, and updating SOAR’s instagram page.
“I started with SOAR 3 years ago after my gray tiger, Scout, passed away. I always knew I wanted to help animals, but I never could have imagined the rewards I would receive. Volunteering with SOAR has fulfilled a hole in me that I didn’t know I had. I truly believe I have found my passion in life. The knowledge I have gained from my fellow volunteers and mentors at SOAR, has had a tremendous impact on my life. I am now equipped to being educating others, as I too continue to learn and grow.”
Patty & Dave
“Dave & I first met Gloria in 2008 and we adopted 3 kittens from her. Gloria was a hoot and we liked her immediately, as she told us it was Wednesday and it was adopt 2 kittens get one free! Over the next few years, we quickly learned about TNR and fostering; we just kept finding animals in need, and Gloria and her volunteers were kind enough to help us when we needed it.
Fostering & volunteering helped to fill a void I felt when my mother passed away in 2014; it gave me a focus & helps to pass the time. We can not explain how rewarding & how good it feels to help, and to feel like you are making a difference. I am constantly learning from my mentors & will forever be grateful to SOAR for getting me through a tough time and all the wonderful people & volunteers I have met along the way.” Dave is the booming voice behind Bingo calling, plays Santa for our holiday animal photos, & is the brawn behind trapping feral kittens.
“I am a flight attendant by profession but a cat rescuer by passion! I am thankful for my parents, that I grew up with cats and dogs. It’s been almost 11 years since I’ve been involved in cat rescue and before rescue, my life was very simple! I had two Persian cats that were brothers & they were the loves of my life. 11 years ago Mocha got very sick & after five vet visits in a short amount of time & a lot of money I had to let him go. It devastated me & I didn’t know what to do or what his brother, Cocoa, needed.
Before I knew what hit me I took in a momma cat & her five newborns that were pulled from a kill shelter in Philly. Since then, I’ve fostered innumerable kittens and cats, done fundraising and trap, neuter, return. My volunteer work is what I’m most proud of in my life! I had thought at one point about breeding but am so glad that I took the path of rescue, as rescue is truly the best breed!! I’ve had so many mentors during this journey & I continue to learn. When I’m rescuing, I always say that one cat is better than none!”
Our Special Thanks to:
- Dr. Lori Milot for your time and talent.
- Foster Families and volunteers!
- Living Things Pet Store for hosting our pet adoptions and donating food to us.
- Kami at Living Things for all you do for us.
- Kevin at Cloud Nine Pet Services.
- Carole at Fresh Pet who has helped us receive the food donations.
- Allyson Coffin of Allyson’s Critter Cave for donated her time and talent grooming our babies!
- The Stitching Witch for printing all T-Shirts and for donating to our events.
- Petco for allowing us to have a permanent place to showcase our animals.
- Alyson Andrews for grooming services.