Volunteering

 
There are many ways in which you could become actively involved in helping local cats to live a better life.

Cats Protection welcomes volunteers with open arms, whether you are young or old, male or female, there's a place for you with us!

Volunteering is the most worthwhile thing you can ever do. It gives a real sense of achievement, allows the development of new skills
and the social possibilities are endless!

Current Volunteer Opportunities in the Branch are as follows: 

Admin 

  • Incoming Volunteer        

          The branch is looking for a volunteer to manage our waiting list of cats to come into our care.  

          This role involves following up requests which have come in to us via our helpline or email by liaising directly with  
          those wishing to re-home their cat(s) to offer advice and to obtain the necessary information to record on our
          database.  Requests will mainly be from members of the general public but could also be from other volunteers
          who are dealing with stray cats.

          Cats on the waiting list are prioritised depending on the urgency of the circumstances. When a space becomes
          available with one of our fosterers the volunteer will advise the Welfare Officer on the most suitable cat(s) to come
          in at that time and then liaise with the owner and our fosterer to arrange for admission of the cat(s) into our care.

          This is a home-based role and we are looking for a volunteer with good communication skills and knowledge of IT
          systems such as spreadsheets.

 

  • Welfare Volunteer 

          We are looking for a volunteer to manage our register of cats in care within the branch.
 
          This role involves liaising with our fosterers to enable us to keep information on our cats in our care database up to
          date once they have been admitted to us. Typically this will be recording of all veterinary treatments.    

          This is a home-based role for which you should have knowledge of IT systems such as spreadsheets.

 

  • Microchip Administrator for cats in care and cats adopted 
    The principal responsibilities are:

          For cats coming in to care that are already microchipped 
          -       Check and transfer the registration to the CP Branch  

         For cats that are adopted from the Branch
         -       Register new chips with Identibase or
         -       Transfer registration of existing chips to the new owner
         -       ensuring all contact information is correct
         -       Upload a copy of the chip certificate to Catalog
         -       Email a copy of the microchip certificate to the new owner  

           Note: The microchip companies are Identibase, Petlog & PETtrac  

 

Fundraising

  • Collections Organiser
    Responsible for finding suitable venues where we can hold collections, booking the collection dates, organising
    a rota of collection volunteers for each collection. This can be operated from home.

  • Fund Raising Helpers
    Helping us to sell goods at our outside events, and with the packing and unpacking of the goods
    at the events.   Must be around during the day, and have transportation  


Cat Welfare  

  • Ferals Homing Co-ordinator 
    The role is principally to be responsible for finding and approving homes for feral & semi feral cats located
    in the Bracknell & Wokingham Branch catchment area that require relocating. This encompasses: 

          - initiating publicity on CP website and social media, in conjunction with Lynne Pothecary (Publicity Officer), if and
            when necessary
         - responding to requests from people who are looking to adopt feral cats, mainly stableyards, liveries, farms, small 
           holdings etc
         - visiting potential homes to ensure suitable and advising on any preparatory work that needs to be done
         - double checking the cats have had all necessary treatment before they are homed
         - delivering the cats to their new homes, together with Annie Pack (Welfare Officer), using the CP van
         - completing the adoption paperwork 

         Note: Driving the CP van is not a prerequisite but would be useful. Involvement in trapping ferals is optional.
                  Training will be given.
         Note: we have homed 20 feral and outdoors cats to 10 homes in 2018 

 

  • Neutering Officer
    The principal responsibility is too manage the neutering program for the Bracknell & Wokingham Branch. 

          Specific responsibilities

         To respond to requests for neutering vouchers
         o  From fosterers for cats in CP care  
         o  From Welfare for strays and ferals
         o  From the general public for low cost vouchers, via dedicated email box and distribute appropriate value
             vouchers accordingly

         To liaise with specific local veterinary practices to ensure special rates

         To run an annual free neutering campaign if funds permit

         To liaise with NCC by

         o  Entering details of each voucher in Neuterlog
         o  Submitting an annual grant application
         o  Checking monthly statements from NCC
         o  Ordering pads of vouchers 

        To advise the Branch on monthly status and statistics

  • Fosterers - Full time and Emergency
    People to care for our cats before they are rehomed. You will need one dedicated room in your home that can be
    used to house the cats that you will be caring for.  This is solely for the purpose of keeping any infection the cat may have confined, so that it will not infect the whole house.  Everything else will be provided ... including the cats!
  • Home Visitors - Bracknell, Wokingham and other areas in our region
    Home visitors are required in the Bracknell and Wokingham areas, and to cover the extended area of
    Maidenhead, Slough and Windsor to carry out visits to homes of prospective new owners

 

Please contact us if you are interested.  All volunteers must become a member of the branch.

Volunteer home visitor

Across Cats Protection there are thousands of cats and kittens looking for new and loving homes at any one time. Our volunteer home visitors support a local volunteer group by helping find our feline friends happy, caring and suitable homes. They communicate with potential adopters, match cats and kittens with new homes and provide support to new cat owners. This is a rewarding role, as our volunteer home visitors play a vital part in helping cats and kittens find their perfect forever homes. 


Closing date: 07 Jan 2019
Volunteer fosterer

Across the UK many of our feline friends are cared for by volunteer fosterers who provide a stable, safe and loving environment in their homes or in purpose built pens in their gardens. They provide vital hands on care and accommodation to stray, abandoned cats or cats whose owners could sadly no longer keep them, and are part of a dedicated team of volunteers committed to finding new homes for cats in need. Most of our fosterers care for one or two cats at a time and enjoy providing lots of TLC to those cats which have been pre-loved or have had a difficult start in life. Some of our fosterers look after new mums and kittens and provide round the clock care to new-borns with tummies to fill and lots to learn. No matter what type of cats they have in care our fosterers provide the best start to the next stage of their lives. 


Closing date: 07 Jan 2019
Fundraising volunteer

As a charity we rely on funds donated by generous members of the public to continue to help cats and kittens in need. Our fundraising volunteers are part of a passionate team that help raise funds to help our feline friends in need. They help plan and deliver exciting and varied fundraising events, which can be anything from craft fairs, cake sales, sponsored abseils – and anything in between!


Closing date: 07 Jan 2019
Cat Admissions Volunteer

At Cats Protection we will continue to find new and loving homes for cats and kittens until our work around information, education and neutering reduces the long-term need for homing. Life in a rescue environment is not ideal for any cat compared with a warm, loving home. Our cat admissions volunteers help our volunteer groups and teams admit cats into our care in the most effective way possible, making the process as easy and stress free for both people and our feline friends alike. 


Closing date: 02 Feb 2019
Cat Admissions Volunteer

At Cats Protection we will continue to find new and loving homes for cats and kittens until our work around information, education and neutering reduces the long-term need for homing. Life in a rescue environment is not ideal for any cat compared with a warm, loving home. Our cat admissions volunteers help our volunteer groups and teams admit cats into our care in the most effective way possible, making the process as easy and stress free for both people and our feline friends alike. 


Closing date: 02 Feb 2019
Paws Protect fundraising volunteer

As a charity we rely on donations from generous members of the public, and without these donations we wouldn’t be able to continue to help cats in need. Our Paws Protect fundraisers have the important role of helping raise the funds needed to continue our Paws Protect service. This incredible service provides temporary care and accommodation for cats owned by families fleeing domestic abuse, and also provides peace of mind to families who know their feline friends will be cared for until they can be reunited. Paws Protect relies on fundraising volunteers to raise funds and awareness by assisting with and organising local fundraising activities and events. 


Closing date: 20 Feb 2019
Administration Volunteer

Thousands of cats each year rely on the help of animal charities because they have been abandoned, they have strayed or because there has been a change in their owner’s circumstances. Becoming an administration volunteer is just one way you can help improve the lives of cats in your local community. Our administration volunteers help provide vital support to our volunteer groups and teams across Cats Protection. They help keep up to date records of the number of cats that have been rehomed, collate supporter details and send out newsletters. This could be the perfect volunteer role if you have administrative experience, a passion for cats, or both!


Closing date: 28 Feb 2019
Cat Care Support Volunteer

Across Cats Protection there are thousands of cats and kittens looking for new loving homes at any one time. Our feline friends are cared for either at our adoption centres, by volunteer fosterers in their own homes or in purpose build pens in their gardens. Our cat care support volunteers help our fosterers by providing guidance and supporting them in all aspects of their role. They are part of a passionate team who collectively help keep the cats in our care happy and healthy until they find their forever homes. 


Closing date: 28 Feb 2019
Neutering team leader volunteer

At Cats Protection we passionately believe that neutering cats before they can breed is an essential part of cat ownership, and without neutering the UK’s cat population would quickly get out of control. Our neutering volunteers help spread positive neutering messages and make it easier for owners on low incomes to get their cats neutered. They help raise awareness of the benefits of neutering, promote our neutering schemes and respond to enquiries from members of the public. 


Closing date: 28 Feb 2019
Cat Admissions Volunteer

At Cats Protection we will continue to find new and loving homes for cats and kittens until our work around information, education and neutering reduces the long-term need for homing. Life in a rescue environment is not ideal for any cat compared with a warm, loving home. Our cat admissions volunteers help our volunteer groups and teams admit cats into our care in the most effective way possible, making the process as easy and stress free for both people and our feline friends alike. 


Closing date: 02 Mar 2019