Be a part of a caring team! The success of our shelter is based on the contributions of our wonderful volunteers. Take a look at our volunteer opportunities, complete and sign the application and agreement forms, and return them to us.

The information will help us find the volunteer work that you would most enjoy. We will review your information and our volunteer coordinator will contact you to discuss the best way to proceed. Any amount of time you can donate is appreciated, but we would like a six-month commitment.

Please note: You must be at least 18 years old to volunteer at the shelter.

Please contact the shelter manager at (508) 875-3776 with questions you may have.

Our Volunteer Opportunities

  • TNR Feral Cat Feedings Help us feed and care for cats that are at home living outside. | More Info
  • Animal Caregivers Not only do you feed them, but those silly little fur balls need more brooms and mops, etc. to chase. | More Info
  • Foster Care Program The nanny-service for our cats and kittens. | More Info
  • Socialization Program Help some of our shy cats and kittens learn to relax and trust, so they can be more easily adopted. | More Info
  • Animal Transport Transporting cats to and from the vet, generally for routine shots and surgeries. The cats are new to the area and they don’t have a driver’s license!
  • Fundraising Events Pick an event (or recommend a new one!) and lend a hand. You’ll make new friends, perhaps learn or practice a new skill, or do something you know you enjoy! Every one wins! | More Info
  • Trapping/Rescue Help us catch and relocate animals from unsafe situations and locations. | More Info
  • Office Volunteer This includes a wide variety of things – from filing to help with data entry. Some work can be done from home. Our shelter staff welcomes your assistance!

For Volunteers Under 18

  • Sponsor one of our cats with our Cage Sponsor Program – either on your own or as a classroom.
  • Attend and help at one of our fundraisers.
  • Hold a penny drive or collect and redeem returnable cans at school/work.
  • Hold a supply drive or donate items from our wish list
  • Hold a bake sale for us – you can set this up at our shelter
  • Come and plant some flowers outside our building.
  • Ask for donations to MWHS for your birthday/special event in lieu of gifts.
  • Have a yard sale, lemonade stand, or car wash to benefit MWHS
  • Do some arts and crafts for the kitties

Please contact the shelter at (508) 875-3776 if you can devote even a small amount of time.

TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) Feedings

We are looking for responsible individuals to help us with feedings at our managed feral cat colony sites in the Framingham, Ashland area. A feral cat is a cat who has either lived his whole life with little or no human contact and is not socialized, or is a stray cat who was lost or abandoned and has lived away from human contact long enough to revert to a wild state. Adult feral cats usually cannot be socialized and are most content living outside. Rather than euthanizing these feral cats, many shelters participate in the trap-neuter-return program.

Feral cats live in colonies and congregate near food sources. Cats are humanely (and painlessly) trapped, spayed or neutered, evaluated, vaccinated, and returned to their colony site where they can no longer contribute to cat overpopulation or spread illness. Volunteer caretakers (you) provide them with food, water, and shelter. You will get to know the cats at the site you are feeding (and will probably give them names) – and they get to know you as their food source and their friend. The nourishment we provide sustains them, and the small shelter houses we supply offer the cats shelter from the elements. We provide the food – you provide the commitment and transportation. What a great way to volunteer.

Please contact the shelter at (508) 875-3776 if you’re interested in volunteering and would like more information.

Animal Caregivers

Be part of a wonderful organization, work in a beautiful facility, make lasting friendships (human and feline), and feel good about what you are doing. Daytime, evening, and weekend volunteers needed.

Please contact the shelter at (508) 875-3776 if you can devote even a small amount of time.