FurKid Cat Socialization Program

Have you ever wanted to work behind the scenes, paired with ARF cats, providing enrichment and socialization, while taking notes on your interaction and feline behavior? If so, this is the opportunity for you.

As a program designed to help socialize and enrich some of our shyer cats, kittens and long-term resident cats, volunteers will be assigned to 1-2 cats/kittens to work with for two-three weeks (depending on their needs). The program will take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 11 AM-12 PM and 2-3 PM. To help these cats get used to their new friend and receive the optimal benefits related to their socialization, we are hoping to have volunteers work with their assigned felines at least two times a week or more. During their time together, participants are encouraged to use proven socialization techniques, including quiet time, treating, slow blinking/talking soothingly, petting and play. Remember, fear is a state, not a trait, and one that we can work through together.

This new program is in memory of one of ARF’s greatest cat advocates, Pam Choy. Thanks to Pam’s unflagging love for ARF’s felines, she was able to reach even the most fearful and help them along the path to pethood. With Pam in mind, we proudly offer this program, in hopes of helping more scared and under-socialized cats find their new homes. Please feel free to reach out to either Jake (available at (631) 537-0400 ext. 207) or Cattery Manager Jessica (available at jessica@arfhamptons.org) for additional information.

Photo: Volunteer, Pam Choy visited ARF every Friday (and then some) to spend time with all of ARF’s resident cats. Pam passed away unexpectedly in May, 2021.

Learn more about ARF’s Volunteer Program.

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