collected supplies for SPIN and brought them to the SPIN microchip
under age 12 can help SPIN in many ways. Always ask your parents
or guardian if it is okay for you to become a SPIN volunteer or
Let SPIN know you are going to have a party or put on a play
to raise money for the animals at SPIN. If you are having a birthday
party or a special event like a bar/bat mitzvah, consider having
your guests give a gift of cat food or dog toys.
soda cans, wash them out, redeem them at your grocery store and
send SPIN the money.
a lemonade stand in the summer or a hot chocolate stand at a soccer
game in the fall and have people drop money in a SPIN bottle.
a penny jar-any time you forget to clean your room and Mom or
Dad has to remind you-pay the clean genie... and then clean your
room. Work out a deal with Mom and Dad-if you can sneak around
the living room and tidy it up without being asked, maybe Mom
and Dad would donate some spare change to the clean genie.
leaves for SPIN. Do you have an elderly neighbor that has a hard
time raking or shoveling his walkway? Form a group of SPIN KIDS
that do special jobs in your neighborhood. Check with Mom and
Dad about who you can help and when and where.
your parents about when they were little. Did they do paper drives
where you collect newspapers and their scout group earned money?
We don't need as many newspapers as they may have collected, but
we can sure use bath towels and warm blankets. They should be
clean and folded when you donate them.
need help putting up posters in your neighborhood and at your
grocery store and pharmacy. Get a group of your friends together
and make a poster advertising a SPIN event. Go to our calendar
section or call us to get help getting started. 781-235-1218 and
leave your name and telephone number.
you knit or crochet? Check out our link to the Snuggles project
and get a pattern for making cage liners to keep our cats and
kittens cozy while they wait to be adopted.
a neighborhood pet fashion show or an animal circus with your
pet doing a new trick.
a letter to the editor about how you help animals.
about different types of pets by reading books at the library.
out what veterinarians and animal control officers do.
you are ready to have a new pet, consider adopting a pet from
a SPIN shelter and give him or her a great new family.
you have any great ideas you want to share about raising money
for SPIN, call us and let us know! 781-235-1218 Don't forget to
leave your name and telephone number (Always ask your parent or
guardian if it's okay to phone first!)
Kids 13-15 can continue with projects they have started at a younger
age. You can also volunteer to organize neighborhood and school
groups to help SPIN. Always check out what you'd like to do with
your parents and SPIN for suggestions first.
Grade Students socialize a new litter of kittens
Get started by asking yourself these questions:
you love animals?
you have an older neighbor that may need help walking his dog
or brushing her cat?
you know how to work with animals that are not yours so you keep
you willing to do some pet sitting or pet walking?
you want to donate a portion of your fee to raise money for the
animals at the SPIN transition shelters to help pay for their
veterinarian, food, shots, bedding or toys?
you use your computer skills to check out our website and www.petfinder.com
to see what animals are available for adoption? Download them
and post them at your school or grocery store.
you check out some alternate sites-like jigsaw puzzles? Try the
animal ones at Jigzone.com.
volunteerd all summer long, helping socialize the shy cats. The
first student to arrive would clean the cages, changing litter boxes
and providing fresh food and water. Then it was play time.
Some of the shy cats needed pet and purr time until they felt more
comfortable before starting to play. Having a variety of student
volunteers helped the cats adapt to human interaction and thus,
they became more adoptable.
Some were one-time volunteers and others came once a week. Some
came daily for an hour or two. Others were returning for a second
summer of volunteering: Otilia, John, Aliyah, Sowante, Megan, Jen,
Emily, Cardine, Danielle, Alex, Ben, Greg, and Nicholas.
Kudos, gratitude and many purrs to all!
do not have any paid staff so anyone under 18yr old can do direct
care but must be accompanied by a responsible adult -Parent/Guardian/scout
The applicant must be able to demonstrate:
of safety factors
to complete assignments or arrange coverage if unable to complete
must also agree to attend direct care meetings as a condition
of being permitted this special consideration.
the past, these individuals have demonstrated commitment to SPIN
in other volunteer roles, or have been involved with animals in
preparation for becoming a vet tech or veterinarian in the future.
They are individuals who are mature for their age, assume responsibility,
follow directions carefully, work well with adults and are cautious
in handling animals.
WAYS TO HELP:
If you have a license, we occasionally need volunteers to drive
our animals from the transition shelters to the vets or to the adoption
center. We also need drivers who will pick up animals in the Senior
for Senior program and bring them to the groomer or to the vet's
We need computer aficionados that can help our web pages sparkle,
create links, edit copy, become stringers in their community, and
design brochures for us.
We need Eagle scouts to do special projects for us. Andy, a talented
Eagle Scout, supervised the installation of new cages at our transitional
sites and adoption center. He got his crew together, did the publicity,
and made the project happen.
We need greeters at the adoption center at Pet World in Natick 12-4
on weekends. While prospective adopters are waiting to speak with
the counselors, greeters help them to locate information they will
need to begin the adoption process. Greeters must be outgoing, like
cats, and be neatly dressed.
We need students to organize bake sales, carwashes, dog washes,
help with our annual yard sale, hand out flyers at community events,
post events on community websites and notices at libraries and stores.
781-235-1218 to request a volunteer application or ask a question.
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TOYS TO MAKE
- many items can be used for toys for the shelter cats
A paper bag on the floor from them to run in and out of
The plastic rings and tops of milk bottles
The cardboard triangles used in packaging (instead of Styrofoam
Toilet paper roll to bat around.- make it more interesting
Cut slits around each end to give them a fringe
Put a bell or cat nip inside and fold & tape the ends
toys to make for you cat or shelter cats
1.) Fishing pole - use a wooden dowel and
attach a nylon cord or strip of fleece
Use duct tape or
Find plastic tubing from home supply store that just fits over
the dowel. Cut tubing into 1 inch pieces and slide it over the
cord or fleece and onto the dowel.
Take a couple pieces of scrap fleece or other fabric, any shape
but about 2" round.
Cut 2 slits side by side in the middle and use the loose end of
the cord or fleece to weave through the slits and tie them secure.
Now they cats have a neat toy on the end of the fishing pole to
The fleece strips can be left with or with out an item attached
but the cording needs something interesting tied on the end for
the cat to focus on and chase.
2.) Cat Nip Sock - a toddler size sock
some cotton balls and
some cat nip.
Sprinkle cat nip on the cotton balls and stuff them in the sock,
Tie the sock closed with a simple note. You can pick colorful
socks to stuff, or decorate the sock with eyes and ears so it
looks like a little critter for the cat to toss and catch and
3.) Rattle toy - old spice size bottles
You can decorate the out side and put a small item that will rattle
or make noise at the cat rolls it around.
ideas do you have that we can add to our list?