Cat Care Volunteer

Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and our vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.

Cats are at the centre of everything we do and our objectives are: homing, neutering and educating people about cats and their care.

We help thousands of cats across the UK each year thanks to our network of dedicated volunteers, staff and supporters.

A bit about this role

Across Cats Protection our feline friends looking for new homes are cared for either at our adoption centres, by volunteer fosterers in their own homes or in purpose built pens in their gardens. Our cat care volunteers are part of a passionate team that look after and meet the needs of cats whilst they are in our care. This is an exciting role for cat lovers, as our cat care volunteers get to spend time directly with the cats when cleaning their pens, helping with feeding and when enriching their lives before they find their forever homes. 

What can you expect to be doing?

  • Cleaning the living environments of the cats in care
  • Grooming cats and helping with feeding
  • Enriching each cats experience in care through play, exercise and handling

As a Cat Care Volunteer at Isle of Wight Cats Protection, you'll get to know each and every one of our cats and also get to know a lot about what goes on at the Centre.  It's an 8.30am start and you'll need to commit to 2-3 hours a week, but it's a fun and social role.  You'll be working closely with the rest of the team, ensuring that the cats are comfortable, the pens are clean and everything is looking welcoming for our visitors and potential adopters. After we've finished our morning session, we always finish with a cuppa and a team meeting, where you’ll get to learn a lot about what goes on behind the scenes in our Centre and the day-to-day operations of looking after our cats. 

If you are happy to do so, we can also train you as a Cat Socialiser and Desensitiser, giving you the opportunity to help socialise our cats and kittens, helping them adjust to cattery life and prepare them for life before going to their forever homes.

What are the benefits to you and the cats?

You will develop new skills, expand your knowledge and make a significant contribution to improving the lives of cats and kittens in need by helping care for them before they find their forever homes. You will also meet new people, make new friends and be part of a dedicated team of volunteers.

We’re looking for someone with

  • Basic knowledge of cats and cat care
  • Patience, perseverance and empathy
  • Willingness to be part of a team
  • Good interpersonal and observational skills

Time expectation

Cat care volunteers usually spend 2 to 3 hours a week in this role, which is flexible and can be shared by more than one volunteer if needed. 

Additional Information

At Cats Protection we believe our volunteers should be happy and confident in their roles. To make sure this is the case, we provide support and guidance both remotely from our National Cat Centre and face to face through our regional and local volunteer groups and teams. We also offer varied online and face to face training and have wide-ranging policies covering all aspects of volunteering. We hope the support we provide will ensure our volunteers have a great experience with Cats Protection.

Contact Details:

Isle of Wight Adoption Centre
IsleofWight.vtl@cats.org.uk

Closing Date: 30 Sep 2019