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Fosters are most frequently needed for kittens of bottle feeding age, although sometimes they are also utilized for puppies or animals who are old, sick or stressed in the shelter. No experience necessary (although experienced fosters are very much needed), as you will be provided with all materials and instructions for the animal’s care. Fosters need to keep open communication with our LVT and attend all scheduled medical appointments. Fosters provide a lifesaving service and are vital to the shelter, especially in the summer. It is a job that is incredibly rewarding, but best suits someone who is patient, has free time, and is able to handle the possible emotional hardships that sometimes come along with fostering. If you are curious to learn more, please contact our volunteer coordinator Becca at OR 607-547-8111 ext. 100

Front Desk & Office Work

If you are a people person, then this is for you! Help in the office is most needed during business hours (Tuesday-Saturday 12 to 5), although other work can be done before the shelter opens, on Mondays or even from home!

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Greet/assist customers
  • Answer/direct phone calls and take messages
  • Help give tours of the facility
  • Take in and process donations
  • Answer questions about various animals, adoption, etc.
  • Make adoption follow up calls
  • Research
  • Miscellaneous projects

Cat Enrichment

A shelter can be very scary and overwhelming for a cat, and we want to minimize stress as much as possible while providing enrichment, socialization and love. We receive lots of shy kitties who would typically have a harder time finding a home, but after spending time with our volunteers eventually come out of their shell and blossom into sweet, very adoptable cats.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Pet, brush and play with cats and kittens
  • Socialize with cats in communal rooms
  • Provide enrichment to cats confined to cages 
  • Pay special attention shy/undersocialized/old cats

Dog Enrichment

Minimizing stress as much as possible while providing enrichment and socialization to shelter dogs is extremely important to their well being and “adoptability”. Our goal is to provide the dogs in our care with as much love and attention as we can and help further their training so that they leave more confident and well behaved.

After you have completed training, you will be able to take dogs for walks, outings into town, play outside, or conduct other enrichment/socialization activities.

Animal Care & Cleaning

Types of tasks include, but are not limited to:

Caring for our animals and ensuring that their living space is properly cleaned, disinfected and comfortable for them is extremely important. The majority of cleaning is done in the mornings between the hours of 8:00-12:00 (times may vary slightly depending on the volume of animals at the time), although there are also various other animal care projects that can be completed in the afternoons.

  • Providing food, water, litter, clean beds and toys to animals
  • Vacuuming, mopping, disinfecting, etc. of communal cat rooms
  • Cleaning of cat cages
  • Spraying down and squeegeeing kennels
  • Let dogs out into the yards and clean up after them
  • Brushing animals
  • Giving baths

Internship Application

Thank you for your interest in an internship with us! Please fill out the application below and we will get back to you shortly.

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Volunteer Recruitment Registration

  • Please complete the form below to register for our volunteer recruitment night! You will be directed to a volunteer application, please fill it out and bring it to the event OR scan and email it to

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4841 NY-28
4841 NY-28
Cooperstown, NY
Cooperstown, NY


Tuesday through Saturday
Tuesday - Saturday
11 A.M. to 4 P.M.
11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
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And by Appointment

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