New Beginnings Animal Rescue

Volunteer with New Beginnings Animal Rescue

Volunteers are the heart and soul of New Beginnings Animal Rescue (NBAR) - we have NO paid staff, we're all volunteers! As a private, nonprofit organization, we rely on the assistance of caring and hard-working volunteers in all of our programs.

Whether you're interested in cuddling, cleaning, or fundraising - we'd love to have you on our team. We welcome volunteers of all ages. If you have some free time and some passion fill an application and we'll get in touch with you!

Volunteer Application

You must complete our Volunteer Application prior to attending training. After submitting the application, you will receive an email with more information on your training time and day.

Volunteer Training

Volunteer training is mandatory before you can volunteer for New Beginnings Animal Rescue (training is not required for jr volunteers or service hour volunteers). At training, you will shadow one of our senior volunteers as they go over the cleaning procedures, safety, and the goals and policies of the organization. Training lasts about 30 minutes and is held gernally the last Saturday of every month (except holidays), at 2:30PM.

Training Dates for 2017:

Frequently Asked Questions about Volunteering

What can I do as a New Beginnings Animal Rescue volunteer?

Volunteer opportunities are constantly changing as we grow and develop new programs. Below is a listing of other volunteering ideas in addition to daily cleaning and socializing:

How do I become an NBAR volunteer?

Follow these steps to become an NBAR volunteer:

I need to fulfill community service hours, what should I do?

If you are seeking community service hours for school or an organization, please fill out our Service Hours Application. You will be in charge of any documentation, including tracking your volunteer hours on your own time sheet. An NBAR supervisor can initial your time sheet each time you volunteer, if needed.

I completed the online application, now what?

Shortly after submitting the online application, you will receive an email from us prompting you to attend volunteer training. Please be sure to mark your training date and time down in a calendar. If you miss your session, you'll have to wait until the following month to attend.

How long is training?

The entire program typically lasts 30 minutes. After you have finished training, you are welcome to stay and cuddle kitties for as long as you want! Once you have trained, you will be able to come in and volunteer whenever your schedule allows. Training is not required for jr. volunteers, service hours or individuals just coming to socialize only.

Can I just come walk dogs?

New Beginnings Animal Rescue does not house or care for dogs at our Adoption Center. Over the years we have come to specialize in the care of cats. You can contact the Royal Oak Animal Shelter, which is just a few miles down to road, to see about dog walking opportunities.

I'm under 18, can I volunteer?

We welcome volunteers of any age! The following rules apply to minors (under 16) interested in volunteering at New Beginnings Animal Rescue:

Can my group set up a service day?

Due to limited space and training availability, we cannot accommodate groups larger than 4-6 people and must limit the number of groups on-site each month. If you are seeking a one-time group volunteering opportunity, please contact us at

You are also always welcome to support NBAR by setting up a fundraising or supply drive, as we are always in need of funds and supplies to run our operations! (Click here for our donation page and wishlist.)

Foster with New Beginnings Animal Rescue

What is a Foster Home?

Being a Foster Family has rewards beyond helping a cat in need. By opening up your home to a foster cat, we're able to help care for even more cats in our community.

As a foster, your home will be a temporary living situation for pregnant/nursing cat or orphaned litter of kittens. Foster families provide shelter, food, care and love. The number of cats we can save depends entirely on the number of people who open their homes and hearts to foster them.

What Cats Go Into Foster?

Pregnant mothers, bottle babies kittens (under 4wks of age) and orphans kittens (4-8wks of age) all need the care of a foster home. On occasion, we may have an adult cat who needs a little extra TLC or socialization in a home.

How Long Can I Expect to Foster a Cat?

You will be told up-front before you agree to foster the pet how long of a commitment we believe it will be. Just keep in mind that kittens are not able to come live at our Adoption Center until they are 8 weeks old, so that is a minimum.

What are the Responsibilities of a Foster Family?

Interested in becoming a foster but want to know more? Please contact with questions.

Thank you for considering opening your home and your heart to a kitten or cat in need. We'll be with you every step of the way. Fostering is messy, rewarding, stinky, adorable, and sometimes heartbreaking job. We certainly could not provide the level of care we do without valuable foster homes like yours. You make it possible for us to provide the very best care possible for all of our cats at New Beginnings Animal Rescue.

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