If our administrative support staff is the glue that holds our high-quality, high-volume spay-neuter (HQHVSN) program together, our dedicated volunteers are the fuel that keeps our clinics running.
Applications and Rabies Vaccine Status
First-time volunteers must fill out a DVM, Veterinary Student or General Volunteer application before they can participate in our Spay Day clinics. Rabies vaccinations are required for any clinic volunteer who has contact with the cats, and are recommended for all volunteers. Prior to the clinic, applications are collected and reviewed and each applicant’s rabies vaccination status, as well as any TNR experience, are noted.
In our case, the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine requires that all students be vaccinated independent of Operation Catnip’s requirements.
New Volunteer Orientation
New volunteers are asked to participate in an Operation Catnip Volunteer Orientation presentation introducing them to Operation Catnip volunteer policies and procedures. Each new volunteer also receives a copy of our Clinic Volunteer Guide, and DVMs receive a separate veterinarians orientation.
Clinic volunteers can contact Operation Catnip directly to offer their services. They can also sign up for clinics using our online clinic signup forms. The volunteer management staff keeps track of signups and assign clinic positions. All clinic volunteers receive specific instructions for the clinic station they have been assigned to.
Post-Clinic Volunteer Follow-Up
After each clinic, volunteers are contacted to thank them for their work, make them aware of the next scheduled clinic, and invite them to volunteer for future clinics using our online sign-up forms. Volunteer signup forms are designated for spay surgeon volunteers, neuter surgeon volunteers, or general volunteers.