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National Volunteer Week: Find out more about why our volunteers enjoy volunteering

29 May 2020
National Volunteer Week: Find out more about why our volunteers enjoy volunteering

It is National Volunteer Week and we would like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful volunteers who put in hours of hard work and make the Birmingham Adoption Centre what it is today.

We have more than 70 volunteers at the Adoption Centre in a variety of different roles, from cat care to hand rearing, events, fundraising, social media and website support. A lot of our volunteers don’t just stick to one role either, many of them getting stuck in when it comes to our big events throughout the year, whether it’s setting up, selling raffles tickets, manning stalls or spreading the word so that we raise as much money as possible to support the cats in our care. Our volunteers are, quite frankly, awesome.

We recently asked a few of our volunteers what they love about volunteering for the Birmingham Adoption Centre. Here’s what they had to say:

“Without a doubt, deciding to volunteer is the best choice I have made in a long time. I absolutely love being able to give something back and spend my free time helping to look after the cats. As if that’s not enough, the whole team at BAC are lovely and inclusive and I’m so lucky to be a part of ‘Team Saturday’.” – Abbie, Cat Care Assistant (pictured in action!)

“I love volunteering for Cats Protection as we got our boys from there so it's great to feel that I'm giving something back in return for the love and companionship they give us. It's also good to know that I'm playing a part in helping other cats become well and find new, loving homes and new owners find the perfect addition to their family. I've loved every minute of volunteering but there are a couple of moments which stand out for me. One was at the Pawesome Afternoon Tea event when it poured with rain and the visitors just put their brollies up and carried on tucking into their cakes as if nothing was happening. The other was a bucket collection at a pet food store where my sidekick Colin and I got to meet lots of very cute dogs.” – Vicky, Events Fundraiser

This is Colin, our beloved fundraising mascot

“Volunteering for Cats Protection means a lot to me. Over the years I have met so many people, lovely families and individuals who have been kind enough to give our cats loving homes. I have worked with a wonderful team of people at the Centre, past and present and of course met hundreds of beautiful cats from all sorts of backgrounds who wait in the Centre’s care until the right home becomes available. It’s a joy to see them and have the privilege of giving them fuss and attention until they have their forever home. My beautiful 20 years volunteering statue of Murphy the cat sits pride of place near my fireplace and reminds me of the lovely cats from past, present and future that have passed and will pass through our Centre and it makes me proud to be a part of.” – Pip, Cat Care Assistant & Events Organiser

This is the statue that our volunteers are gifted after 20 years of volunteering

“Volunteering for me answers a need to be part of a team striving towards a common goal, and a goal we all regard as important. That is what my career gave me and I miss that element of working life. I don’t miss the hassle, the constant pressure or even the money! But I do miss the “belonging” to something that has a value beyond money.” - Colette, Cat Care Assistant

"Volunteering for Cats Protection has been an incredibly rewarding and fun experience. I've learnt more about social media and met some of the wonderful cats who are waiting for their new homes. If I could adopt them all, I would!" - Charlotte Brazier, Twitter Volunteer

Putting a face to a name - this is Charlotte our brilliant Twitter volunteer

“I absolutely love volunteering for the Birmingham Adoption Centre, I have learnt so much and met some wonderful, kind people. Highlights so far have included a trip to Head Office to meet the national teams, setting up for the Halloween and the Pawesome Afternoon Tea events and working with ‘Team Friday’ who all make me laugh so much. I’ve also enjoyed meeting all the cats, they have all been so different but equally special!” – Sarah, Cat Care Assistant & Web Editor

A big thank you to all of our volunteers, we appreciate all of your hard work!