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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.

A bit about this role

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.

What can you expect to be doing? 

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A bit more information about this role and the team

TNR volunteers will travel to sites where feral/stray neutering assistance has been requested. After carrying out an initial survey of the site and gathering information from local residents about the colony, volunteers will  trap the cats using specialised equipment to ensure the safety of both the cat and the trapper.

Once trapped, cats will be transported to the vets and under anaesthetic , they will receive their 1
st vaccination, flea and worm treatment and a general health check alongside being neutered. They will also be ‘ear tipped ’, which is an internationally recognised , visible method of showing that a feral cat has been neutered and will avoid cats being re-trapped or re- anaesthetised unnecessarily . Whilst under anaesthetic , minor injuries will be treated where possible.

TNR volunteers contribute directly to improving the welfare of feral/stray cats by stabilising the colony population  improving the health and lives of all members within it.  

Full training will be provided for this role and we aim to have new volunteers shadow an experienced trapper initially.

Please note that all volunteers must be at least 18 years of age with a full drivers licence.

We have an application and selection process to ensure that this is the perfect role for you. 

What are the benefits to you and the cats?

You will develop new skills, expand your knowledge and make a significant contribution to improving the lives of cats and kittens by helping reduce the number of unwanted cats and improving the lives of cats in your local area. You will also meet new people, make new friends and be part of a dedicated team of volunteers.

We’re looking for someone with

Time expectation 

This is a flexible role and the hours will vary depending on the number of cats identified for specific TNR campaigns. Our current TNR volunteers spend about 2 to 3 hours per week in this role which can be shared by more than one volunteer if needed. 

Support, guidance and keeping you safe

At Cats Protection we believe our volunteers should be happy and confident in their roles. We provide support and guidance from our National Cat Centre and through our regional and local volunteer groups and teams. We offer engaging online and face-to-face training, expenses and have policies and processes to help volunteers get the most out of their time with us.

The wellbeing of our people is important and at Cats Protection we are committed to safeguarding children, adults at risk and all those that we come into contact with as part of our activities.

 

Closing Date:

12 Mar 2024

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