Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)

Can you volunteer to help cats in your community?

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Unfortunately thousands of cats each year are abandoned or have strayed and rely on charities like Cats Protection for help

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.

Our volunteers are unpaid - the reward is in knowing you have helped an abandoned or homeless cat to begin a new chapter in its life, giving it a second chance in a happy home. However, all equipment is paid for, you will receive full training for the role, and you will be part of a friendly team which will provide ongoing support.

The main tasks of the role are:

  • trapping cats using humane methods
  • taking cats to local vets to be neutered
  • returning cats to their territory or finding a suitable alternative.

The role might also include:

  • regular feeding of feral colonies
  • promoting neutering by building relationships with farmers, land owners and local businesses
  • liaising with vets to promote and arrange neutering.

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We're looking for people with:

  • basic knowledge of cats and cat care
  • good interpersonal and communication skills
  • a well organised and practical approach
  • patience and perseverance
  • the ability to deal with sensitive situations
  • a full, clean driving licence and access to a vehicle.

See our volunteering page for current opportunities.