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How To Volunteer

Crash's Landing and Big Sid's Sanctuary are staffed solely by volunteers. If you want to spend some time with people who love helping cats and their community, come join us!

Volunteers at both shelters are responsible for the daily care of all of our cats, from feeding to cleaning. Of course the 100+ free roaming cats will be more than happy to assist and supervise.

We know that everyone's availability is different. Whether you want to volunteer once a day, once a week or once a month, we have a shift that will work for you. Shifts typically run in 2-4 hour blocks.
    Are you a morning person? 8 AM or so until noon would work for you.
    Are you an afternoon person? 1 to 3 PM or 3 to 5 PM is just fine.
    Are you an evening person? 5 PM or so until 8 PM would be great.

Training will be provided.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact us at volunteer@crashslanding.org. Please understand that we are 100% volunteer operated. It may take up to 72 hrs to respond to your email. We will do our best to respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

Volunteer Tours

Would you like to find our more about volunteering before committing? Come to our Volunteer Orientations held on the 2nd Sunday of every month.

  • Tour both shelters
  • Meet the kitties
  • Find out about open positions and times
  • Get a feel for the tasks that a volunteer performs to keep the shelter and the kitties in tip top shape.

To reserve a spot for the next orientation, or to find out more information about volunteering, contact volunteer@crashslanding.org or call 616-826-8613.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Regular access to email
  • Willingness to commit to at least one shift per month ranging from 2 to 4 hours
  • If you have cats in your family, they must be spayed or neutered and current on all vaccines
  • Be at least 16 years old or 8 years old with parental supervision

Volunteer Tasks:

All volunteers would love nothing more than to sit and pet cats all day. But as the saying goes, those litter boxes aren't going to scoop themselves! All volunteers must contribute to the cleanliness of the shelters and every shift is a working, active shift. Some of the tasks include: scooping, mopping, vacuuming, laundry, feeding and general cleaning. There is still plenty of time to snuggle on some kitties, just as long as the work is done first.

What our volunteers say about spending time at Crash's and Big Sid's:

"I feel like I'm a part of something really special. I've never been a part of something so thoughtful and loving. It really makes a difference in our community. The best part of volunteering is being part of the bigger picture; everyone that volunteers has a really big heart and loves the organization."

"I feel so honored to get a chance to help these wonderful felines when no one else would give them a chance. My heart and soul goes into each and every one of them... I have met many friends - human and feline - through volunteering at Crash's and Big Sid's."

"When I invite people to come to Crash's or Big Sid's they think it will be sad because it's a bunch of rescue kitties, but then they come and see the beauty in it, and the lives we are helping. And they leave happy. I bring my nine-year-old niece with me to volunteer every week. It teaches her unconditional love, responsibility, and caring for something that is bigger than ourselves. We are saving lives, feline and human alike."


Current residents
Crash's: 108
Big Sid's: 120

Since opening in Oct. 2002
2535 Adoptions
(239 from Big Sid's!)