Volunteer at Sun Cities 4 Paws

Sun Cities 4 Paws volunteers don’t just love cats, they put their love of cats into action.
Over 100 volunteers belong to the Sun Cities 4 Paws community that work every day to help homeless cats and kittens and end needless feline euthanasia.
Sun Cities 4 Paws volunteers come from diverse backgrounds and contribute their time, skills, and talents in areas as varied as socializing cats one-on-one to raising awareness at outreach events. They are adolescents, senior citizens, and all ages in between. They make new friends, learn new skills, and are an essential component to Sun Cities 4 Paws ability to save lives.
Volunteer Requirements

  1. Must be at least 16 years old to volunteer
  2. Must be able to commit to scheduled volunteer times
  3. Must be able to squat, bend, twist, lift and stand for long periods of time when working directly with the cats in our care
  4. Socialization positions are more sedentary
  5. Must be able to work well with people – all volunteer positions may work directly with the public, staff, and other volunteers
  6. Must be able to handle cats safely and compassionately
  7. Must be able to take and seek direction and have a self-motivated work ethic
  8. Must be able to work independently
  9. 8 hour per month commitment for at least 3 months (some volunteer positions require a regular, consistent schedule; others do not)

If you wish to volunteer to fulfill court-ordered community service; please click here for the mandated service info for details.
Volunteer opportunities
If you care about cats and people, we would love to have you join Sun Cities 4 Paws as a volunteer! You can get involved in lots of different way, get details about some of our popular volunteer positions below.

  1. Caregiver: Work with cats by providing cleaning, food, water, love and attention. Caregiver positions are available at the Peoria Shelter, the Youngtown Adoption Center and our 2 PetSmart locations (Surprise and Lake Pleasant)
  2. Socializer: Be willing to visit with, sit with, play with and spend time with some of our cats that need extra socialization to become more adoptable
  3. Event Ambassador: Promote Sun Cities 4 Paws and responsible cat ownership at public outreach events such as community fairs, adoption events, open houses, etc.
  4. Foster care: Provide a temporary home for a cat and/or kittens as part of Sun Cities 4 Paws foster program.
  5. Thrift Store: Help receive, sort and price donations. Arrange and straighten racks and shelves  of clothing and other items. Clean, dust and rearrange items as needed

Group Volunteering: Groups of volunteers are encouraged to help Sun Cities 4 Paws by hosting a food or supply drive, a fundraising event, or distributing Sun Cities 4 Paws information. For information about group volunteering, please contact volunteercoordinator@4pawsrescue.org
For additional information or questions about volunteering, please email volunteercoordinator@4pawsrescue.org


Sun Cities 4 Paws has many permanent shelter residents. We have a ‘Sponsor a Shelter Resident’ program to help offset costs. Read more here or donate here and choose Sponsor a Shelter Cat from the drop down menu.

Want to help us get items we need and use all the time?

Have you chosen Sun Cities 4 Paws as your donation charity?

If so, you can shop for items we need once you have logged into your account!
  • 1.On a desktop/laptop, hover over 'your name & Account & Lists'
  • 2.Once the dropdown opens, below "your lists" you should see 'AmazonSmile Charity Lists' and once you click that, it will open up to the items we need.
  • 3.Any items you 'add to cart' go directly into your cart for purchase.
  • 4.Under 'other addresses', you should see Sun Cities 4 Paws, Youngtown AZ. Choose that and any items you ordered will come directly to us
  • 1. On a mobile device/tablet, once logged in, tap the 3 lines on lower right, then click on Gifting & Charity.
  • 2. Scroll down to 'Charity Lists', click it and enter our name in the search box and search. When you see us and click on our name, our list of needed items should come up.
  • 3 & 4 from above is the same.
Even if you do not have us chosen as your charity, you can search our name and place an order for needed items! Any questions, please contact info@4pawsrescue.org