|Ways To Help
Volunteers are the lifeblood of animal rescue. Can you set aside some time to help in the rescue process? There are many ways in which you might be of service. If so, then open or download and print our Volunteer Form (70k pdf). Or email the Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Just for fun, check out our Special Volunteer.
°°°Volunteer Orientations are held each quarter. Check back to see when the next one is scheduled.
Adoption Counselor: SPOT has an outreach booth at PetCo in Mount Vernon every Saturday from 11 AM — 3 PM for cats, dogs the 1st, 3rd, 5th Saturdays; cats are at Petsmart daily, and at Petco Bellingham the 4th weekend of every month from 11 AM - 3 PM. Training is available for those interested in helping us place our foster animals into loving and permanent homes. This is a busy atmosphere and the Adoption Counselors should be good at organization and multi-tasking.
MACC Coordinator: SPOT is in need of a program coordinator to manage our feral cat program. Duties include, but not limited to:
---Take calls from possible MACC Caretakers
---Interview possible new MACC colonies and provide detailed information about the process/program
---Have the caretaker fill out the paperwork
---Provide paperwork to the vet clinic (Cedardale)
---Maintain paperwork as needed for SPOT purposes
---Maintain traps, loan traps
---Provide advise as how to catch cats, where to house them once trapped
---Explain the process that the cats will go thru and what care needs to be provided after surgery
---Provide transportation of feral cats in traps as needed
---Explain options if cat is tested positive for FeLV and/or FIV
---On call (at all hours, as needed) with MACC related problems/questions
---Sometimes they may need to provide overnight care of the feral cat
---Have carriers to loan MACC caretakers for cats to go home from vet
---Provide assistance is getting donated cat food to colony caretakers as needed
Volunteers are needed to help us trap and transport feral cats via our Managing Alley Cat Colonies (MACC) program. These cats are trapped, spayed/neutered and returned back to the original location once a guardian is established. By doing this, the feral colony cannot continue to grow and will eventually cease to exist.
Dog Walkers/Handlers: If you can't foster, we can certainly use some help with walking and/or playing with the dogs in our care. The hours are variable, so contact us with when you are available and we can get you trained and set up with a foster home to get started.
Special Events: Our fundraisers are never boring and the team spirit is phenomenal! If you are interested in helping us with our scheduled or online fundraisers please contact us or come to one of our meetings for more information.
Educational Visits: Would you be comfortable speaking to a small group? Area schools, clubs and organizations sometimes ask us to come talk with them about pet care or animal rescue.
Fundraising: This one is wide open. Do you have a great idea? Can you organize it and get others involved to make it work? We're listening!
Drivers: This involves picking up animals from foster homes and delivering them to local veterinarian offices for appointments (or visa versa). Also you may be asked to pick up donations of pet foods and supplies. Sometimes we have as much as a day's notice, sometimes we need a driver immediately.
Other: If you have a special talent that could help SPOT raise awareness to the pet overpopulation problem or to the plight of homeless pets, please contact us and let us know about your ideas.
As an all volunteer group, SPOT relies on the generosity of those individuals and businesses that support them.
The following list provides you some ideas of how you or your business can help us continue saving pets one at a time.
Sponsor a pet: It costs SPOT approximately $100 for each foster animal who passes through our network. This sum includes spay or neuter, testing for Feline Leukemia and Feline Aids, vaccines, worming, flea and ear mite treatment and any other medical care. Then there's food, litter and clean bedding. And this is just for the first week! Longer stays, of course, cost us more. Just send a donation with a note indicating which animal you would like to sponsor to:
P. O. Box 211
Burlington, WA 98233
Sponsor an event: SPOT has many annual fundraisers and a great way to help our all volunteer organization is to sponsor (or partially sponsor) one of our fundraisers. If you or the company you work for would be willing to be a sponsor one of our events, please give us a call. Sponsors pick up the costs for things like printing flyers, paying for entry fees, etc... If you don't have time to donate, this is a great alternative.
Sponsor a kennel: SPOT offers a one year sponsorship of an outreach kennel for $100. This is not only a great way to support the organization, it also is great advertising for you or your business.
By providing any of the listed items, you'll help to enrich the lives of homeless animals. Shelter supplies, medical supplies, and monetary donations needed.
Foster Home Operations
6 x 10' dog kennel
Premium Canned Cat Food
(necessary for kittens & old or ill cats)
Stainless Steel Bowls
Premium Cat Litter or wood pellets
Iams kitten food
Laser Jet Printer Paper
Ink Jet cartridges
Monetary Donations: Make a donation whichever way is easiest for you. Either use the PayPal Icon or send us a check.
Please make your check payable to SPOT (or Saving Pets One at a Time) and mail it to
P.O. Box 211, Burlington, WA 98233
Professional Services: SPOT would welcome the assistance of any professional who feels their services would be beneficial. SPOT is not in the financial position to pay for such services, so donated services would be greatly appreciated. (legal, finance, veterinary, advertising, etc.)
Planned Giving: If you own property, have a pension plan or life insurance, you have assets that could be a gift to SPOT. Planned Giving is not complicated and tax laws favor charitable giving. Substantial tax deductions can be achieved through planned gifts. Ideas for planned giving: Gifts of Stock, Gifts of Life Insurance, Charitable Remainder Trusts, Donation of Time and Cash Donations.
Memorials: Memorials can be made to recognize a loved one (human or animal) and SPOT will include the memorial designee and donator on our Memorials page.
Other: There may be other ways you'd like to help out. Tell us what you're good at and how you'd like to use your talent.