Volunteering

Are you able to give some of your spare time to help cats? Cat's Protection Orkney Islands Branch are urgently looking for the following: 

Welfare Volunteer – Have you got what it takes to organise cat welfare in Orkney?  You will be responsible for bringing cats/kittens into care and matching cats to potential adopters. You will need good people skills and will work with fosterers to find forever homes.

Fosterers – Fostering cats is a rewarding experience and can mean looking after kittens in a single room, adult cats in cabins and our own cosylap fostering (if you have no other cats). Intrigued? Find out more!

Transport Volunteer - you will have a full, clean driving licence and will take cats/kittens to and from the vets to ferries and the airport and to fosterers. You will need to be available during the day, on weekdays, for short periods. A van can be provided. If you live in the Kirkwall area we would particularly like to hear from you.

Fundraising Volunteer - co-ordinating and running fundraising activities throughout the year, you will organise our presence at events and liaise with HQ on developing new ideas for Orkney.

Shop Volunteers – If you have some hours to spare each week, why not help out in our Stromness shop?  If you are looking for retail experience or are happy to help sort out donations, contact us.

Volunteering with Cats Protection is not just about looking after cats. Find out about these, and any other volunteer roles we might have by contacting our Helpline on 01856 771642 leaving your name, address and telephone number and we will get back to you.

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 Feb 2019
Volunteer re-homing team leader

At Cats Protection we will continue to find new homes for cats and kittens in need until our work around information, education and neutering reduces the long-term need for homing. Life in a rescue environment is never ideal for any cat compared to a loving home. Our rehoming team leaders support a team of volunteer home visitors who collectively play an important part in matching our feline friends with their new families.


Closing date: 12 Mar 2019
Volunteer welfare team leader

Without the passionate and committed teams volunteers across Cats Protection we wouldn’t be able to help the thousands of cats and kittens each year that rely on us for help. Our welfare team leaders have the important role of co-ordinating, encouraging and supporting teams of volunteer fosterers and cat care volunteers. They help make sure other volunteers with direct cat care roles are happy and confident and provide advice and guidance when needed. This incredible teamwork means we are able to help more cats and kittens in need. 


Closing date: 12 Mar 2019
DIY Volunteer

Whilst we do everything we can to find new loving homes for the cats in our care, it is a reality that our feline friends will have to spend some time in a rescue environment. Our DIY volunteers use their passion for all things DIY to help keep Cats Protection sites safe, tidy and welcoming. The cats in our care are more likely to be rehomed if they are content in their environment, and members of the public are more likely to visit their local Cats Protection site if it is a well maintained and enjoyable place to visit.


Closing date: 12 Mar 2019
Transport Volunteer

Our transport volunteers help our teams and volunteer groups move equipment, litter, food, money – and even cats! They have the vital role of connecting our network of volunteers, sites, vets and donors. Without them we wouldn’t be able to help the thousands of cats each year that rely on us as they enable our volunteer groups and teams to effectively help our feline friends. 


Closing date: 12 Mar 2019
Health and Safety Auditor

At Cats Protection we have a large number of sites that provide a wide variety of fantastic services to both people and cats alike. As with anything, these sites can present potential risks. Our health and safety auditor volunteers help minimise these risks by assessing the hazards and where necessary putting controls in place. They play an important part in providing support to both volunteers and staff, enabling them to carry out their roles safely and effectively and therefore helping more of our feline friends in need.  


Closing date: 12 Mar 2019
Collection box fundraising volunteer

Every penny counts when it comes to improving the lives of the thousands of cats and kittens across the UK that need our help each year. Our collection box fundraising volunteers help our volunteer groups raise vital funds by collecting and distributing collection boxes in their local area. Making a difference can mean as little as raising 18p, which is enough to feed one cat in our care for a day, to £150 which is the average cost of a cat in our care. 


Closing date: 12 Mar 2019
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Volunteer

Unfortunately thousands of cats each year are abandoned or have strayed and rely on charities like Cats Protection for help. Becoming a TNR volunteer is one way you can make a real difference to cats in your local area. 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.


Closing date: 12 Mar 2019
Vet Link Volunteer

Our vet link volunteers are the crucial link between local Cats Protection volunteer groups, teams and veterinary surgeries. They help build relationships, raise awareness of Cats Protection and promote our neutering schemes. This is a rewarding volunteer role as you will have a direct impact on helping cats in your local area by spreading the word about Cats Protection and how we help cats in need. 


Closing date: 12 Mar 2019
Volunteer publicity team leader

Our publicity team leaders have the important role of supporting a wider team of publicity volunteers. As a team our publicity volunteers collectively keep members of the public informed of the vital and varied ways we help our feline friends in need. Raising awareness is crucial to us being able to help the thousands of cats and kittens each year that rely on us. A higher profile can help raise funds, raise awareness of adopting a cat, promote neutering and encourage as many people as possible to learn about feline welfare. 


Closing date: 12 Mar 2019
Volunteer speaker

Our volunteer speakers have the important and exciting role of raising awareness of Cats Protection. They deliver pre-prepared talks, help spread messages around feline welfare and act as the voice of cats in their local communities. They also deliver talks to both adults and children in a variety of settings. Interacting with children is especially important, as they are the cat owners of the future, and by building their understanding and knowledge we can make the world a better place for cats.


Closing date: 12 Mar 2019
Gifts in wills and legacy volunteer

As a charity we are lucky to be support by and kindly remembered in the wills of approximately 1,000 supporters every year. These wonderful individuals leave a total of nearly £20 million to helping cats through these gifts. Our gifts in wills and legacy volunteers help raise both awareness and funds by promoting legacy giving. They also help promote our Cat Guardians service, as sadly it can be the case that owners pass away before their pets. Our Cat Guardian service provides owners with the peace of mind that their feline friends will be cared for by Cats Protection and found new loving homes in the tragic event of them passing away before their beloved pets. 


Closing date: 12 Mar 2019
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 Mar 2019
Neutering 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.


Closing date: 12 Mar 2019
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 Mar 2019
Volunteer fosterer

Across the UK many of our feline friends are cared for by volunteer fosterers who provide a stable, safe and loving environment in their homes or in purpose built pens in their gardens. They provide vital hands on care and accommodation to stray, abandoned cats or cats whose owners could sadly no longer keep them, and are part of a dedicated team of volunteers committed to finding new homes for cats in need. Most of our fosterers care for one or two cats at a time and enjoy providing lots of TLC to those cats which have been pre-loved or have had a difficult start in life. Some of our fosterers look after new mums and kittens and provide round the clock care to new-borns with tummies to fill and lots to learn. No matter what type of cats they have in care our fosterers provide the best start to the next stage of their lives. 


Closing date: 12 Mar 2019
Shop Assistant Volunteer

Our Cats Protection shops play a key part in raising the funds needed to help thousands of cats and kittens each year. Our shop assistant volunteers help with all aspects of the day to day running of one of our fantastic shops. They serve customers, help with stock rotation, create displays - and everything in between! They are part of a passionate retail team that make sure our shops are enjoyable places for customers to visit, leading to repeat custom and vital funds being raised to help our feline friends in need.


Closing date: 14 Mar 2019