Volunteer Opportunities

Cat Adoption Room

We are very fortunate to have an amazing partnership with Unleashed the Dog and Cat store, a locally owned and operated chain of pet supply stores. The Stonehenge location in North Raleigh has a Cat Adoption Room that some of our adoptable cats are able to live in 24-7. The Unleashed staff is able to handle basic feeding and litter box scooping as needed but their first responsibility is their job there. Cat Adoption Room Volunteers are responsible for feeding the cats, periodically cleaning and sweeping the room, scooping the litter boxes, and providing enrichment for the cats. Because this is a room where the cats live free roaming, there are opportunities to play with them and interact in a way that is not available with the cats staying in the Cat Shack.

Cat Shack Volunteer

As a Cat Shack Volunteer, you will be responsible for taking care of the cats that stay in the Cat Shack. Each week you will see a new group of cats from a different Rescue Partner (Velvet Acres adoptable cats also get a week in the rotation). During each shift, cats need to be fed, provided fresh water, living areas straightened and lightly cleaned, and litter boxes scooped. Any extra time you have available can be spent petting and loving the cats while they are in their enclosures.

There are two shift blocks per day, an AM shift 10a-12p, and a PM shift 6p-8p. (Weekends are the exception, only an AM shift on Saturday and a PM shift on Sunday with an adjusted time of 4-6p, because this is when the rescue groups change for the week. Cats leave on Saturday and the new group arrives on Sunday.)

This is a unique opportunity in that you not only are helping Velvet Acres adoptable cats, but cats from other groups around the Triangle too!

Small Animal Volunteer

We are very fortunate to have an amazing partnership with Unleashed the Dog and Cat store, a locally owned and operated chain of pet supply stores. The Stonehenge location in North Raleigh has an area where some of our small animals are able to live 24-7. Generally, this is just guinea pigs, but occasionally may be other small pets like hamsters. Small Animal volunteers are responsible for cleaning habitats, providing fresh water, pellets, salad/greens, and hay, as well as spending time with the piggies and giving them attention.


A transporter for VAAR is one of the most changing volunteer positions available. Transporter volunteers assist with driving our animals around. This could be a fresh shelter animal needing a ride to their foster home, or it could be a foster pet who needs to be dropped off or picked up at the vet or an event. These are not the only possibilities but are certainly the majority. If you love to drive and want to help us out, this is the volunteer position for you! Please note that this is a position where need may be determined with short notice. As a transporter volunteer, you will receive emails and/or text messages about pets who need a ride as soon as possible. You are under no obligation to assist but this is a position that receives more communications from us than others, please keep that in mind when applying to be a transporter.

Administrative Assistant

Do you enjoy completing administrative tasks? There is always data entry, filing, typing, and returning calls that need to be done. We have many things to do to keep the rescue running and the animals cared for and these types of tasks are definitely not our forte! If this type of work is something you enjoy and want to help us with, please fill out the volunteer application so you can get started! This position generally has no direct interaction with the animals. *The specific duties of this position will change depending on the time of year and what is going on with VAAR at the time.

Foster Parent

Fostering is a volunteer position where you bring one of our animals into your home, for a time, for any number of reasons. For more information on becoming a Foster Parent with us, please see our Foster Page.