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 located in Harrisonburg at 122 South Main Street, Suite 101, and our Adoption Center is located at the Harrisonburg PetSmart at 1671 East Market St.  There are many volunteer opportunities at the Downtown Center and at PetSmart!

Our Downtown Center’s business hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 12:00 PM-6:00 PM. The PetSmart Adoption Center is open during store hours 9:00 AM-9:00 PM.  We have adoption events every Saturday at the Harrisonburg PetSmart from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, and the Waynesboro PetSmart from 10:00 AM – 1:00 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.