Welcome to Bedford, Biggleswade & District Cats Protection from our local Branch Co-Ordinator
Welcome to the Bedford, Biggleswade & District branch of Cats Protection and thank you for showing an interest in volunteering with us. We have many varied roles that are detailed further on in this information pack. The branch has been going since 1992, and I joined as a volunteer in 2006 as a home visitor.
I had decided to volunteer as I wanted to do something more with my life, and having a great love of cats I felt CP was the way to go. Soon after I became an emergency fosterer for urgent cases that need to come into CP care, but where we didn’t have a foster pen immediately available. I continued with home visits and also occasionally dealt with trapping and transporting feral cats. Through this varied experience I got an insight into how the branch ran and, when the previous Co-ordinator decided to retire, in 2009 I became the 3rd Coordinator of the branch.
During my time here I have tried to build on what has already been started by my predecessors, but also to bring the branch into the 21st century. We now have a new website, a Facebook page; we are on twitter and have fundraising accounts online.
The branch is overseen by a committee who meet regularly to discuss major events within the branch these are: Jayne (Secretary), Claire (Treasurer), Helen (Fundraising), Vaughn (Newsletter Editor & Publicity) and Paula (Neutering & Helpline).
Our branch is run by volunteers, which is why we are so pleased you are interested in joining us. The majority of our funding comes from the sales of goods in our shop, without this those of us involved in the cat work wouldn’t be able to do half of what we do.
Ultimately the day to day running of the branch tends to come down to me, and I sometimes have to make the heartbreaking decisions. However I am fortunate in that I also get to make the heart warming ones. I class my role now as ‘general dogsbody’! I do a bit of this and a bit of that to make sure the branch runs as smoothly as possible. Again, without volunteers such as you, I wouldn’t be able to get this done.
I hope, by reading through the available roles, you will find something within the branch that you would like to get involved in and look forward to welcoming you as part of our family. Tamsin
Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) Volunteer
Unfortunately thousands of cats each year are abandoned or have strayed and rely on charities like Cats Protection for help. Becoming a TNR volunteer is one way you can make a real difference to cats in your local area. Our TNR volunteers help reduce the number of feral cats by raising awareness of our TNR programmes, setting humane traps to safely capture cats, taking them to local vets to be neutered, and hopefully returning them back to their territory. Local TNR programmes are crucial, as feral and abandoned cats present a huge challenge for communities across the UK.
Closing date: 09 Aug 2021
As a charity we receive numerous enquiries on a daily basis from members of the public related to cats and feline welfare. Our enquiries volunteers are part of a passionate team of volunteers that help Cats Protection signpost and manage these enquiries. They help our feline friends answering questions from members of the public, providing advice and signposting queries to other volunteers and staff if needed.
Closing date: 09 Aug 2021
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: 14 Oct 2021