Volunteering for Texas Siamese Rescue
Fosters are charged with both attending to the medical and emotional needs of each cat, as well as with identifying the cats' behavior traits and characteristics, in order that we may ensure a match between applicant and cat that results in both happy cat and happy adopter. Fosters work down the list of inquiries in order of date of (approved) inquiry, working with both the applicant and the interviewer to determine if the cat is a good match.
Intake Evaluators are charged with collecting information on feline candidates for our program. They visit the cats in need prior to entry to our program to gather information on looks, behavior and medical status. We are not able to help all the cats we are notified about, and we are not a hospice organization designed for long term care of the cats; we are a placement agency working to select cats that are suitable for placement in our applicants' homes. Cats must meet base qualifications in looks, behaivor and medical status; approval is done by a Review Committee and is based not only on the cat itself, but also on the resources available at the time of need (foster space for example). Because we stand behind every cat that enters our program for the duration of the cat's life, always available to help it in the future if the need arises, we work to choose our program candidates wisely.
Interviewers are charged with gathering and documenting this information. Once approved, their interviewer acts as the applicant's agent, working to help matchmake the right cat to the right household by helping the applicant navigate the process, making suggestions for cats that might be a good match, and ensuring that the applicant's concerns and questions are addressed.
Transports enable us to extend the scope of our program across the geographical regions that we cover. Moving cats from shelter to foster home and from foster home to adoptive home, the transporters together cover hundreds of thousands of miles each year under a very organized system called the Meezer Express. Transporters can volunteer for trips as their time allows, and each transporter typically drives anywhere from 1-4 hours round trip. The majority of these trips happen on weekends.
Crafters contribute in a variety of ways, depending both on location and talents. In several regions we do have monthly sewing bees where crafters get together to create some of our top fundraising items - our Millie beds, fleece pads and snuggle sacks. Other crafters work out of their homes to contribute items both for retail sale and for foster cat take home bags.
Kennel Workers assist at the "Ranch" in Corinth, TX; to help clean litterboxes and cages, socialize the cats, and perform a variety of other miscellaneous duties.
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