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At Cats Protection we welcome volunteers with open arms, whether you are young or old, male or female, there's a place for you with us!

We help around 200,000 cats and kittens a year. The majority of these success stories are thanks to the dedication of over 10,000 volunteers across the UK.

Volunteer opportunities

Find an opportunity

Finding a role at one of our branches or centres really is as easy as just entering your postcode!

Check out our Find an opportunity tool to discover how your skills can help the lives of cats and kittens in your area.

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Don't think about it, just go ahead and do it! You get such a special feeling from helping cats find their way into new homes and you get to make lots of new friends along the way too.

Julie Seymour, Mid-Warwickshire Branch Fundraising Events Organiser

Why volunteer?

Make a difference

‘My driving force is to work towards a day when people take responsibility for the moggy. If the branch can help one tiny kitten, one injured cat or neuter one feral then together we have made a difference.’ Gillian McMullen, Armagh Branch, Co-ordinator

Feel good

'I volunteer as a kitten fosterer for Bridgend Cats Protection, because I find it so rewarding after receiving a litter of tiny sickly kittens, who look as if they have no chance of survival, to return them to the centre all fit and healthy and ready to go to their new homes. Who needs to be paid to get that kind of feeling!  I certainly don't.’ Sue John, Bridgend Adoption Centre, Fosterer

Happy endings

‘It is fab to be part of a team who create so many happy endings.' Julia Dallosso, East Surrey, Caterham & Redhill Branch, Secretary

New skills

‘Being Coordinator has helped me not only expand my knowledge and understanding of cats and their welfare, but has enabled me to utilise and develop "people skills" such as communication, teambuilding and motivation. I have also made some wonderful friends!'Mary Wood, Cheltenham branch, Co-ordinator


‘I thoroughly enjoy seeing a group from diverse backgrounds working together to achieve a common goal. I also greatly admire the volunteers that sacrifice their time to make a change.’Claire Goodwin, Community Education Officer, West England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Each day brings its own memorable event. One day that springs to mind was being given the privilege of bottle-feeding some two-week-old kittens.

John Mole, Downham Market Adoption Centre DIY volunteer

Where to volunteer?

Charity shops, branches, adoption centres or even education groups, Cats Protection has the locations to suit you as well as the roles.

The level of commitment is astounding and there's a sense of belonging that comes from having mutual aims and goals. The funny thing is that a lot of volunteers insist that they like cats more than people, yet when you get them together they're brilliant company.

Jeanette Greaves, Preston Branch Publicity volunteer

Ways to volunteer

Find an opportunity - Use our 'Find an Opportunity' system to look for volunteering roles near you.

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