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St Albans and District Cats Protection relies entirely on the work of volunteers who are essential to every aspect of what we do. From an hour at the weekend collecting at a tin shake to fostering a cat in a pen in your garden, there are lots of ways that you can get involved in supporting the charity.

Donating your time and skills will make a huge difference to every cat in our care, so please have a look at all of our volunteering opportunities and let us know how you are interested in taking part. No special qualifications or experience are needed, just your enthusiasm!

If you are interested in any of the opportunities below, please complete the form at the bottom of the page or give us a call on 0345 371 2064 to discuss how you can join us.

Tin Shakes

We organise regular tin shakes in the local area to help to raise money by collecting from passers-by. This also provides a great opportunity to discuss our work with members of the public.

A variety of slots will be available on the nominated days (see our events page for details) so this role is ideal for occasional volunteers as you need only give 1-2 hours of your time on a specific day (or more if you are very keen!).

This is an easy, stress-free way to get involved with fundraising so please do let us know if you would be interested in taking part.


St Albans and District Cats Protection regularly hold stalls at summer fetes as well as hosting our own events at local community centres. We are always looking for people to help out with manning stalls on the day. This can be anything from selling Cats Protection Goods to managing the cake stall or running the ever popular tombola!

These events usually take place at the weekend and you can volunteer for anything from an hour to the whole day.

The events really are great fun and a rewarding experience for everyone who takes part as well as giving you a great opportunity to get involved with the local community.


Cats Protection Fosterers provide short or long term homes for cats in a variety of situations and are an essential part of the re-homing process. With the support of the branch, fosterers provide a temporary home for a cat or cats until we are able to find them a suitable permanent home. There is no financial cost involved – the Branch pays for everything.

Cats are fostered in a specially designed garden pen or in emergency situations, within the fosterer’s home.

Fosterers are also responsible for hosting any potential adopters and to answer any questions they might have about the cat in their care.

Fostering is a demanding but very fulfilling role as you will be responsible for providing a safe home for a number of cats in difficult situations and ensuring their welfare during their stay as well as being directly involved in their journey towards a forever home.

If you would like to discuss Fostering further, please do give us a call.
Fosterer Volunteer

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: 20 Mar 2020
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: 20 Mar 2020
Fundraising Events Helper

As a charity we can continue to help cats and kittens in need thanks to the donations we receive at fundraising events from generous members of the public. Our Fundraising Event Helpers have the exciting and varied role of helping at local fundraising events - such as cakes sales, barn dances, quiz nights – and everything in between!

Closing date: 20 Mar 2020
Welfare Team Leader Volunteer

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: 20 Mar 2020