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Volunteering

All of the tasks we undertake at Aberdeen Cats Protection are carried-out by unpaid volunteers; many of whom have full-time jobs, family commitments as well as our own animals.  Our branch would not be able to function without our amazing team who all carry-out valuable work on behalf of the cats in our care.

All Cats Protection branches are self-funding, apart from a discretionary grant from Cat HQ each year.  We are responsible for raising funds that enable us to carry-out our role.  Whilst we have many willing volunteers, we are always in need of more.  Although volunteering is unpaid, you have the enjoyment of working on behalf of the cats in our care and the satisfaction of knowing you are making a difference to the welfare of cats as a whole.

At the moment we are in need of volunteers in the following areas:

Foster Carers: We are always looking for new foster carers to cover unexpected arrivals.  You do not need to be available all the time as we understand you have a life too.  You can be available regularly, occasionally or be on our 'Last resort: No room at the inn' list!  It all makes a difference.  Cats Protection provides all food and litter for cats in our care.  If you would like to find out more about what is involved in becoming a Cats Protection Foster Carer, please contact us in the first instance at volunteering@aberdeen.cats.org.uk

Lost & Found: The Aberdeen Branch covers a varied area from Aberdeen city centre, small villages and townships and rural farmland area in the North East.  From Balmedie/ Potterton in the north, to Hatton of Fintray, Blackburn/Kinellar, Westhill, Garlogie, Dunecht, Echt to Durris, Petercutler and south to Cove, Blairs and Findon!  We are looking for several volunteers to cover Lost & Found duties.
When a cat is reported as 'Found' we hope that it is microchipped as this speeds up the reuniting process greatly.  Initially, members of the public will be asked to check with their immediate neighbours to see if anyone recognises the cat.  If not, depending on the cat's location (and availability of a volunteer) we would want the cat scanned for a microchip.  If the finder can take it to a local vet (they perhaps have a cat of their own and have a cat basket) then that would be ideal.  If that is not possible, then a volunteer will try to attend to scan the cat (prepared with a cat transport basket).  When there is a microchip, we check the databases, and if the details are up-to-date, we can call the owners immediately to report that we have their cat.  Hopefuly the owners can come to collect their cat, or if close-by, we can reunite them.  This is a very rewarding part of the role, as many times cats have been missing for long periods of time or jumped in a vehicle and travelled miles from home.  Given the growth of home shopping deliveries, this has increased the incidence of this happening (the lovely smells coming from the back of the vans that our furry friends can't resist exploring!).  The microchip is their 'life-saver' and we actively encourage all pet owners to microchip their pets.

Non-chipped cats are fitted with a paper collar with our contact details to see if they are simply new to the area, or out for a wander or on a food stealing mission, and are still going home.  The owner will hopefully call us to see where their cat has been reported as 'Found'.  In the eventuality that none of this works after multiple collars over several days, and the cat is not leaving the area and now looking for food and shelter, the Branch Coordinator will be notified and the cat will go onto the waiting list to come into care.  In the meantime, Lost & Found will advertise the cat on all the available social media channels to see if the cat does have an owner.
When a cat is brought into CP care, Lost & Found return to the area to put up posters, flyers and to door knock trying to find the owner or more information regarding the cat.  If no one comes forward after 14 days, we return to the area to remove all posters and the cat will begin the process for being rehomed.


If you are interested in finding out more about what is required for this role, please contact us at volunteering@aberdeen.cats.org.uk