FOCA Training Videos

Before you start to volunteer you’ll want to hit the ground running with these helpful videos!


Videos for FOCA Volunteers


Before your first day at FOCA you’ll want to make sure to watch these helpful videos. We don’t expect you to remember everything immediately. We don’t expect you to be ‘fast’. We need people who will care for the cats properly and not quickly. Speed comes with experience. So, as someone new, we know you might not be as quick as some volunteers who have years of experience here. That’s okay. With that said, start with the first video and then work your way through them. The longest video is just over 5 minutes so it will probably take about 30 minutes to view them all. PS: Special shout out to Nadine (instructor) and Jenna and Penny (camerawomen) for putting this together.


Videos for  Cat Cuddlers / Cleaners


Getting Started

The first step is to get your cleaning supplies that include a half bucket of water, a 1/4 cup bleach, and a dash of dish soap.

Getting  Things Clean PT. 1

Learn how to handle animals, what to look for and how to clean and/or ‘flip’ litter boxes. Tips: If you notice no pee and/or pooh in the litter box or food doesn’t seem to be touched, let a shift supervisor know. Also, as you clean the litter box be on the look out for possible ‘rice’ which are actually worms. While we do de-worm the cats sometimes they need multiple doses. Also, when putting back a litter box make sure to put it in the same spot inside the cage. It should never go ‘under’ a hammock. Video 3 is a great example of where the box should rest within the cage. Furthermore, when you’re ‘flipping’ a box always use a new box that’s the same size and shape as the old one  (or as close to it as possible). Most important tip of all – ALWAYS USE A NEW SCOOP FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL KENNEL/CAGE. It prevents the spread of illness so it’s really important to remember — A NEW SCOOP EVERYTIME! 

Getting  Things Clean PT. 2

Video 5 shows you how to clean up the interior of a cage/kennel while Video 6 shows the proper way to clean food and water dishes. TIPS: If any feline seems to be acting ‘off’ or if they have sneezes, coughs or watery eyes, let a supervisor know  so we can make changes if need be. Also, when cleaning dishes, make sure to empty all the food particle into the yellow dish bucket so the cleaning water stays fresher for a longer time.

Washing Dirty Stuff (Eww)

Nobody likes to wash dirty litter pans and scoops but it needs to be done each day. There are steps that ensure the safety of our cats, which you can find right here. TIP: When you first scrub the litter box you want it as clean as possible before it goes to the sink for the final bleach/soap bath. 

Next Day Steps & Free Roamers

Find out where we get our litter box scoop water and how to handle cleaning any of the ‘free roam’ areas of the rescue.