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We are all volunteers at this branch. Are you interested in volunteering for us and helping the cats and kittens in the Atherton & Wigan  area? 
At Cats Protection we welcome volunteers from all backgrounds. 
Whether you are young or old, male or female, there's a place for you with us.
You can volunteer as much or as little time as you would like. Any support is appreciated. 


We have recently earned the Cats Protection Volunteer Champions In Practice (VCIP) Level 2 award.  We had to demonstrate good leadership within the branch, a high level of support and training for volunteers,  and volunteer satisfaction.
If you would like to join our happy team,  please get in touch for more information.
Ring our call centre  01942 465 321 or email:enquiries@atherton.cats.org.uk and include a contact number. We will ring you back for an informal chat.

 Here are the main roles we are particularly keen to fill at present,  but if there is any other work you are interested in, please get in touch for a chat as it may be something we would welcome help with too.

Cat Welfare Team Leader Volunteer

Without the passionate and committed teams of volunteers across Cats Protection we wouldn’t be able to help the thousands of cats and kittens each year that rely on us for help. Our Cat Welfare Team Leaders have the important role of coordinating, encouraging and supporting teams of fosterer volunteers and cat care volunteers. They help make sure volunteers with direct cat care roles are happy and confident and provide advice and guidance when needed. This incredible teamwork means we are able to help more cats and kittens in need.

Closing date: 08 Jun 2024
Fosterer volunteer

Across the UK, many cats 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 or 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. Our fosterers carry out this role with support from their local branch or centre. Most of our fosterers care for one or two cats at a time and enjoy providing lots of TLC to those cats, who 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 newborns to give them the best start in life.

Closing date: 08 Jun 2024
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 admin volunteers help provide vital admin 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: 01 Jul 2024