There are many ways in which you can help the work of Cats Protection such as through donations or membership, or you could get physically involved.
Hands-on work can be extremely varied and the kind of jobs available range from fundraising at car boot sales, jumble sales and fetes, to visiting potential new homes and assessing their suitability for rehoming a Coventry cat, transporting cats to and from their current home/location to a fosterer, fostering cats and kittens until they can be rehomed, and trapping stray cats and kittens. The list is endless and depends upon where your interests lie. If you are interested in volunteering, we'll find a job for you!
All you need...
Apart from the obvious love of cats, you will require a sense of humour and the ability to work as part of a team. You will need to remain calm and logical in difficult situations and not let your heart rule your head.
Hours of work...
As many or as few hours as you can spare - days, weekends, evenings - whenever.
If you feel you could take up the Coventry Cat Volunteer challenge, and have a real interest in cat welfare, then please contact the number at the bottom of the page. If you reach our answering machine, please leave a message clearly stating your name, full address, contact telephone number, and which volunteer position you are interested in.
We are currently in desperate need of:
Fundraisers & Fundraising Team Leader
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!
You can expect to be doing:
- Helping organise fundraising events in your local area
- Sharing fundraising ideas with other volunteers and putting these into practice
- Sharing your passion for cat welfare and promoting Cats Protection
You will develop new skills, expand your knowledge and help raise funds that will make a significant contribution to improving the lives of cats and kittens in need. You will also meet new people, make new friends and be part of a dedicated team of volunteers.
We are looking for someone with:
- Good communication skills
- Confidence in handling money
- Willingness to be part of a team
- Confidence in speaking to members of the public
- Knowledge of local community networks (would be an advantage)
Our fundraising volunteer role is very flexible, from 1-2 hours a month to 1-2 hours a week and can be shared by more than one volunteer if needed.
Essential to the work of Cats Protection are the Fosterers who are responsible for looking after the stray and unwanted cats and kittens.
You must have the time to devote to the cats and kittens, as many rescued cats will need rehabilitating and socialising before being rehomed.
Fosterers can do indoor or outdoor fostering. Indoor requires a completely separate room with no soft furnishings where the cats can live. Outdoor we provide a pen but this requires a long term commitment as pens cost in the region of £4,000.
You need to be prepared to take the foster cats to the vets for their check or when poorly.
You also need to let potential adopters into your home to view the cats and then complete paper work when they are adopted.
You must be prepared to complete online courses and eep fosterer cat records up to date on catalog.
If you live in rented accommodation, written permission from the landlord must be sought before fostering can commence.
If you have your own cats, they must be kept fully up to date with their vaccinations.
If this is something you can commit to them please contact us on the branch email address or call the helpline
Our aim is to match the right cat to the right home. Before any of our cats or kittens are rehomed a home visit is carried out. This involves making arrangements with the prospective adopters to visit and assess the suitability of the owners and the home. Reporting back to the Homing Officer so that suitable cats can be offered for adoption. You will need your own transport, a telephone and be a good judge of character and have a tactful nature.
This involves following up reports of feral/stray cats or kittens, assessing the situation and liaising with the welfare officer with regard to those which need to come into care, require veterinary treatment or neutering.
Working with ferals involves trapping, taking to the vets, neutering and returning or rehoming to alternative sites - Unfortunately we do not have any feral trained volunters. Training will be given by experienced rescue workers.
For all enquiries call our Helpline call-back service on
(024) 76 594116 clearly stating your name, full address, contact telephone number, and the nature of your enquiry, or email us via our Contact Us page