Thank you for your interest in donating your valuable time to help the cats. Together, we can continue to improve the lives of our community’s cats! Most volunteer positions are filled on a first come, first served basis to be fair to all who apply. Operation Catnip strongly recommends rabies vaccination for all volunteers.
Contact our volunteer coordinator for more information:
Complete the Online Application
If you’re a first-time volunteer, fill out the online application that applies to you. Returning volunteers do not need to complete an application.
- General Volunteer Application
- Veterinary Student Application
- DVM Volunteer Application
- UF Volunteer Forms (see note below – PDF opens in a new window)
Once we receive your application, we will contact you about orientation and training.
Note: Because Operation Catnip operates independently from the University of Florida, each volunteer must complete the University of Florida Volunteer Form as well as at the Operation Catnip Volunteer Sign-In Form before volunteering.
Select Your Clinic Position
After confirming your knowledge and skill level, we’ll provide first-time volunteers with a list of the positions for which you qualify to volunteer. You select which position(s) interest you, and we will train you for those positions. Positions can be reviewed in the clinic stations section of this website.
Note: If you’ve previously volunteered, we’ll send you an email prior to each clinic to inform you of volunteer opportunities.
All first-time volunteers receive a general Operation Catnip orientation before their first clinic. You will also be trained to perform the specific tasks assigned to your clinic station, and receive a copy of our volunteer guide.
To maintain the safety of the cats and of the volunteers, our procedures are designed such that cats are never handled when they are awake. This not only protects our valuable volunteers, but also protects the cats from mandatory quarantine and stress.Volunteers must wear exam gloves at all times to avoid contact with body fluids and cat hair.
Rabies vaccinations are required for any volunteer who comes into contact with the cats. Three pre-exposure rabies vaccines are needed. The second vaccine must be given 7 days following the first vaccine and the third vaccine is scheduled for 14 or 21 days following the second vaccine. Titers (blood tests) are required every two years for participation in Operation Catnip stations where animal contact will occur.
Where to Get Vaccinated
The Alachua County Health Department offers both the vaccine course and titers on a “walk-in” basis Monday-Friday from 7:30am til 4:00pm.
Pre-exposure vaccines total $833.58.
The rabies vaccine titer is $50.
Attend the Clinic
Prior to the clinic, we’ll send you an email confirmation with your assigned position and the clinic date. The nature of the work we do at our clinics may result in soiling your clothing, so please dress appropriately. Volunteers are required to wear an Operation Catnip scrub top to the clinics, which may be obtained for a donation of $10 (which covers our cost) the day of the clinic. Volunteers must sign in (and sign out) at the clinic Check In station to participate.
Note: We understand life is full of change and things may suddenly develop that prevent you from volunteering. If this happens, notify us as soon as possible so that we can fill your position and keep the clinic running smoothly and safely for the cats and volunteers.