Volunteers do 80% of the work at Cat’s Cradle. Community members and students at nearby universities and high schools have all worked together to achieve over 600 adoptions and 2,500 subsidized spay/neuter surgeries per year and counting! If you love pets and are looking for a way to give back to your community, volunteering at Cat’s Cradle could be a great and fun option! There are many opportunities for you to get involved. Please complete our volunteer application form below to let us know of your interest.

DOWNTOWN & Adoption Centers

The Downtown Center is temporarily located in Harrisonburg at 128 West Market St, Suite 102, and our Adoption Center is currently at the Harrisonburg PetSmart at 1671 East Market St.  There are many volunteer opportunities at the DC and at PetSmart!

Our DC business hours are Tuesday-Friday 11:00 AM-6:00 PM, Saturday 11:00 AM-5:00 PM, and we are closed on Sundays & Mondays (though volunteers are still needed on these days for operations work and Pet Outings!). The PetSmart Adoption Center is open during store hours 9:00 AM-9:00 PM.


We can always use help with clerical work, social media, outreach, transportation, Pet Outings, the Downtown Center, and much, much more. Please fill out the volunteer application below to let us know your interests and skills. Contact us if you have questions or need more information.


Foster Parents

Become part of our life-saving mission by fostering our cats! You can give cats or kittens a chance to find a loving home through fostering. Kittens often come to us several weeks too young for adoption, and some are sick or injured and need a safe place to recuperate.  Foster parents provide food, shelter, and unlimited love – all the necessities for a healthy, happy cat! The time commitment varies from a few days to several weeks, and Cat’s Cradle will assume any veterinary expenses you may incur during your experience. A Foster Coordinator will work with you to find the right foster kitty or kitties, and is available to answer any questions.

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, please go to our Foster Page, read our Foster Home Agreement and then fill out our Foster Home Application.


TNR (trap, neuter, return) is a big key to ending cat euthanasia in our local shelters. Often on a weekend, we will trap 60 – 100 cats for Monday clinic appointments. This a massive effort that requires a lot of helping hands! Cats in traps often must be maintained for a day or two until the appointments, which requires feeding, watering, and transferring, as well as cleaning the traps. Cats must then be transported to the appointments and returned to the owners. If you want to be part of this challenging but exciting work, contact us.