Volunteering

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Everyone at the Minehead Branch is an unpaid volunteer. We all work from our own homes, and meet up at regular meetings for fosterers (and others).

Minehead Branch are looking for one or two new fosterers to join the team, to help us to rescue and rehome even more cats.
If you are interested in becoming a fosterer READ ON:-
Our fosterers have purrpose built pens in their gardens (provided and paid for by the Branch), so it's important that you have a private and secure back garden. The cats/ kittens are collected and taken to the vets for neutering, vaccinations etc so it is preferable if you have your own transport, but not essential as other volunteers often do the transport. You would be talking to prospective new owners, filling in the homing forms, and liaising with the Treasurer, the Homing Officer,  so it's important that you are organised, good at keeping to deadlines, and a team worker. Of course, the most important qualification is that you love cats, and are able to care for those that need help, and then willingly let them go to their new homes. 
Fostering is a regular day in day out role as you become their source of food, comfort, safety and company. If you need time off, alternatives will be arranged, being a fosterer doesn't mean no weekends away or you may want a gap between cats. We are flexible.

What our volunteers do.
Admin, vehicle management, homing cats, collecting donated goods, taking cats to the vets, organising fundraising events, fostering, home visiting, distributing posters, delivering cat food and litter to fosterers, distributing leaflets, managing the website, taking photographs,  sending out press releases, liaising with the National Cat Centre, talking to prospective new volunteers, wrapping Lucky Dip prizes, hand rearing kittens, running the Facebook page, collating homing packs, giving talks, keeping the books, managing the waiting list, maintaining and repairing equipment, sending information out in response to queries from the public, driving to events ...

Fancy it? Got an idea for fundraising or publicising our work? Let us know.


Volunteers are always very welcome!

As you can see - if you want to join us, there are lots of jobs to do!  This really is just a selection of what goes on at Minehead & District Cats Protection. If you would like to help then please telephone the branch on 01643 653053 for further details or contact us using the form here

Fundraising events organiser

As a charity we are able to help thousands of cats each year thanks to the generous donations we receive from members of the public. Our fundraising events organisers have the exciting and varied role of helping plan and deliver local fundraising events. They support a team of fundraising volunteers who come together to raise the vital funds needed to help our feline friends. Our fundraising events organisers use their passion for cats and people to plan cakes sales, barn dances, quiz nights – and everything in between!


Closing date: 12 Oct 2018
Volunteer home visitor

Across Cats Protection there are thousands of cats and kittens looking for new and loving homes at any one time. Our volunteer home visitors support a local volunteer group by helping find our feline friends happy, caring and suitable homes. They communicate with potential adopters, match cats and kittens with new homes and provide support to new cat owners. This is a rewarding role, as our volunteer home visitors play a vital part in helping cats and kittens find their perfect forever homes. 


Closing date: 12 Oct 2018
Fundraising volunteer

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!


Closing date: 12 Oct 2018
Neutering team leader volunteer

At Cats Protection we passionately believe that neutering cats before they can breed is an essential part of cat ownership, and without neutering the UK’s cat population would quickly get out of control. Our neutering volunteers help spread positive neutering messages and make it easier for owners on low incomes to get their cats neutered. They help raise awareness of the benefits of neutering, promote our neutering schemes and respond to enquiries from members of the public. 


Closing date: 12 Oct 2018
Administration Volunteer

Thousands of cats each year rely on the help of animal charities because they have been abandoned, they have strayed or because there has been a change in their owner’s circumstances. Becoming an administration volunteer is just one way you can help improve the lives of cats in your local community. Our administration volunteers help provide vital support to our volunteer groups and teams across Cats Protection. They help keep up to date records of the number of cats that have been rehomed, collate supporter details and send out newsletters. This could be the perfect volunteer role if you have administrative experience, a passion for cats, or both!


Closing date: 12 Oct 2018
Volunteer fosterer

Across Cats Protection there are thousands of cats and kittens needing temporary homes until they find their forever families. Many of our feline friends are cared for by volunteer fosterers in their homes or in purpose built pens in their gardens. Most of our volunteer fosterers care for one or two cats at a time, which makes a huge difference and gives these cats a second chance at a happy life. They provide vital hands on care and accommodation to stray, abandoned or injured cats and are part of a dedicated team of volunteers committed to finding new homes for cats in need. 


Closing date: 12 Oct 2018
Volunteer treasurer

At Cats Protection we help thousands of cats each year thanks to our dedicated and passionate volunteer groups and teams, all of which help our feline friends in a different ways. They take in stray and abandoned cats and ensure they receive the veterinary care and attention they deserve, help raise funds, promote neutering and help spread cat welfare messages. Our volunteer treasurers maintain the finances of local groups and teams, ensuring they hold the funds needed to continue their vital work. Cats Protection relies solely on donations from generous members of the public, and our volunteer treasurers help make sure these funds are spent in the most effective way.  


Closing date: 12 Oct 2018
Publicity volunteer

Our publicity volunteers use their passion and expertise to generate publicity for local volunteer groups and teams. They directly help our feline friends by raising awareness of the fantastic ways Cats Protection helps cats in need. By raising our profile they help us raise the funds we need to continue our work, raise awareness of adopting a cat, help promote neutering and make sure as many people as possible learn more about feline welfare. 


Closing date: 12 Oct 2018
Social media volunteer

Social media and cats go hand in hand, and our social media volunteers use their passion and knowledge of social media to promote the activities of local volunteer groups and teams though various channels. This is a volunteer role that can be done from home, on the train or even from the sofa! Our social media volunteers directly help our feline friends by helping raise awareness of Cats Protection.  A higher profile can help us raise the funds we need for our work, ensure people know they can adopt a cat from us, help promote neutering and help as many people as possible learn more about feline welfare. 


Closing date: 12 Oct 2018
Recruitment Support Volunteer

At Cats Protection we help thousands of cats each year and the majority of these success stories are thanks to the dedication and effort of our passionate volunteers. Our recruitment support volunteers help local volunteer groups and teams by promoting volunteer vacancies, matching passionate cat loving volunteers to vacancies and informing potential volunteers about the variety of volunteer roles available at Cats Protection. 


Closing date: 12 Oct 2018