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Thank you so much for your patience during these unprecedented times.

We’re beginning to open up our volunteering opportunities, so you’ll see some areas now have roles available. Rest assured lots more volunteering opportunities will be coming very soon!

Please do keep visiting our website – our feline friends are looking forward to seeing you!

You can still contact if you have a volunteering query.

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 animal volunteers across the UK.

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 - Branch Fundraising Events Organiser

Why volunteer?

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 - Adoption Centre Fosterer

Happy endings

‘It is fab to be part of a team who create so many happy endings.' Julia - Branch Secretary

To help the cats

'I enjoy getting to know all of the cats that arrive at the centre, whether I meet them once or every week for 3 months. I love being able to build trust with them individually as it allows me to see all of their unique personalities. When I am at the centre, or even just talking about the cats to my family and friends, I feel special and needed.'
Phoebe - Desensitisation Volunteer

Using my time to do something worthwhile

'When I changed my job I found I had a lot more spare time. Being used to being busy I needed something to do that was worthwhile and supported something close to my heart. I found the volunteer treasurer role on the CP website and applied online. I was contacted back really quickly and haven’t looked back. Everyone, from other volunteers to staff are so friendly and welcoming. It’s like a big national family where everyone is valued and supported as well as being lots of fun!' - James - Treasurer


‘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 - Community Education Officer

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 - 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 - Branch Publicity volunteer

Duke of Edinburgh volunteering with Cats Protection

Complete your Duke of Edinburgh programme with Cats Protection - you'll develop new skills, gain experience and make new friends.

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