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Cat Depot Honors Volunteers

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Cat Depot honored its volunteers on April 21, 2012 with a Volunteer Appreciation Night party at Cat Depot. Cat Depot staff “worked” the event by cooking veggie burgers on the grill and serving as wait staff and bartenders to thank the volunteers for their countless hours of dedication to the animals. Volunteers mingled and enjoyed music by Sunset Bridge Band with the evening culminating in door prizes and numerous raffle prizes.

“We call them volunteers, but to our felines and Cat Depot team members, volunteers are heroes . . . heroes that help us save lives,” said Shelley Thayer, executive director. “In March alone, the total volunteer hours for the month were the equivalent of 10 full time employees.”

Cat Depot averages 1,400 volunteer hours per month with over 140 active monthly shelter volunteers (not including foster families, special committees and event committees). From small to tall, young or old, permanent residents or just passing through, volunteers help Sarasota Cat Depot with cleaning, laundry, dishes, animal transport, off-site events, fundraising events, clinic assistants, medical data entry, reception, retail sales, cat socialization, adoption assistants, foster families, food bank, coin bank, committees, photography, food prep, and education/lectures.

If you are interested in volunteering, or would like more information, call Cat Depot at 941-366-2404 or go to

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