Current Volunteer Needs

Grounds keeper & lawn mowing

We have the necessary equipment to maintain our property, but need dedicated volunteers to mow the grass in the spring and summer months. Attention to potential dangers like rocks or large sticks is key to maintaining our equipment. Knowledge of lawn mower operation (riding & push) is necessary. Small engine repair knowledge is a bonus! Training can be arranged for a committed volunteer. Time commitment is a minimum of one day per month.


Gardening volunteers help tend our beautiful gardens around the Sanctuary grounds, including the Memorial Gardens that have been planted in honor of wild cat residents that have crossed over. The gardens not only beautify our grounds and make donor events extra special, but they are also a place of reflection and peace for our staff who work so hard every day. Tasks include weeding, spreading mulch, and maintaining gardening tools. Time commitment is a minimum of one day per month.

On-site Construction

Spring & Summer are our busiest months for on-site construction of new habitats. We will be primarily working on Feline Meadows in 2016 and would love to have you join us! On-site Construction volunteers must be able to life 40 pounds, comfortable climbing ladders, and willing to work with hand tools and power tools. This is fairly heavy physical labor that can be a great workout! Training is available. Time commitment is a minimum of one day per month.
Looking for a one-time volunteer opportunity for a group of people? Check out our Crew Day information page!

Marketing & Public Relations

We have so many great stories to share with the public and would like to find more ways to spread our message of “No More Wild Pets” far and wide. The right volunteer would have experience successfully working with media outlets to pitch stories and/or commercials. We need media placement (:30 TV PSA’s) as well as public relations (traditional and online). Outlets that have covered us in the past include One Green Planet, The Dodo, National Geographic, Animal Planet, as well as local MN media stations. See recent coverage here:
Also see our Marketing Internship:

Office Cleaner

Just as our animal areas need regular cleaning, so do our human areas. We are seeking a volunteer who can commit to cleaning the office areas on a regular basis. We will supply all the products, equipment, and training for the right volunteer. Currently, we have 2 office buildings that require regular cleaning as well as an intern bunkhouse that we’d like cleaned every six months. Time commitment is a minimum of one day per month. Note: domestic cats live in these areas so please be aware if you have pet allergies.

Graphic Designer for our Zazzle store

Merchandise with our logo is a great way for us to spread the word about our work! We are in search of a volunteer with graphic design experience who can help us maintain our Zazzle store with fun products that our supporters will love. See our current offerings here: This could be a volunteer-from-home position for the right person. Time commitment is flexible and will be determined based on successful sales.

Handy Man – small engine repair is a bonus!

The list of odd jobs never seems to end. We’d love to have a dedicated volunteer who can help tackle a To-Do list that could include tasks like hanging pictures, assembling new equipment, minor repairs, painting, light electrical work, or other odd jobs around the property. This volunteer will work closely with our Facilities Manager. Time commitment can be negotiated depending on the number of tasks needing attention.

Enrichment Creation Lead

Don’t you love the decorated boxes the cats play with as enrichment? Our volunteers create them! We are seeking a volunteer to manage this project on a regular on-going basis. The Enrichment Creation Lead volunteer is responsible for scheduling Creation days once a month in conjunction with the animal care schedule, stocking and maintaining art supplies in compliance with our “Approved Products” list, and transporting finished products to the Sanctuary based on an agreed upon schedule. Time commitment includes once a month Creation days plus necessary time to transport completed projects and manage art supplies.

Domestic Animal Care

Domestic Animal Care (DAC) volunteers are responsible for cleaning the habitats in “Hybrid Haven,” an area of the Sanctuary where small cats like Bengals and Savannahs live. This is one of the top level volunteer positions at TWS. We require successful completion of at least six-months volunteerism before you can be considered for a DAC position. DAC Volunteers are required to know every cat in Hybrid Haven by name and understand their medical history. Experience in a veterinary setting can be helpful. Time commitment is a minimum of TWO days per month (for example, every other Saturday).