All of the work we do at Stonehaven Cats Protection is carried out by unpaid volunteers, many of whom have full time jobs, and others who have family commitments. Our branch would not be able to function without the help from our volunteers who all carry out valuable work.
All CP branches are self-funding, apart from a discretionary grant from HQ each year. We are responsible for raising funds that are required to enable us to carry out our work. While we have many willing volunteers, we are in need of more. Although working as a volunteer is unpaid, you have the enjoyment of working with the cats we have in our care.
At the moment we are desperately in need of volunteers in the following areas:
Fostering a Cat Cats Protection provides all litter, food, equipment and pays for any cat or kittens in our care. The Group can provide an outside ‘Cat Palace’ which measures approx. 1m x 3m x 1m. The unit has a house and run for the cat and the Group covers the cost of laying a base and installing electric for heating and light. Kittens can be fostered in the home, within a supplied kitten pen. Some fosterers prefer to foster cats in their home but the CP cat must be kept separate from the fosterer’s own cat.
Same as fostering a cat but this can be from 1 - 6 kittens.
Provide cover for a fosterer when they are on holiday, unwell or temporarily unable to tend to their foster cat. Hand Rearing Kittens
Orphaned kittens often need our help from as young as a few days to 6/7 weeks. This is a very time consuming and demanding job and is generally carried out by experienced fosterers.
Usually for the not so friendly cats that need treatment or to come into our care. Equipment is supplied and is often a short notice call to gather trappers together to attend to colonies of cats. Transporting Cats
Again a short notice call to help transport cats to vets, between fosterers or to new homes. Home Visiting
All new homes are visited to ensure that we are matching the right cat to the right home. Training will be given.
Answering the Phones
We often need people to take a turn at receiving calls on our behalf and then pass the information/queries to the appropriate person within the group.
We can provide boxes for people to take to work to encourage donations. Swear boxes are popular. Collect / donate / store bric-a-brac
Again we are known for good and clean bric-a-brac. We cannot sell electrical goods. We sell books, household items, ornaments, pictures etc. Have you space to store items?
Fund Raising Do you have the ‘gift’ to devise fund raising ideas and see them through to fruition?
Helping at fund raising events Sales are our mainstay and we need a team prepared to help transport goods, bric-a-brac etc. to and from our sales. Many choose to stay and man tables, assisting in selling and packing up at the end. These sales are held in Stonehaven on a Saturday approximately every 5/6 weeks. Make craft items for sales
We are lucky to have some ‘crafty’ folk but are always looking for more ideas and goods to sell to boost the takings, from covered coat hangers to bird boxes to trinket boxes, all add to the variety of choice.
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: 15 Dec 2017
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Volunteer
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.
Closing date: 15 Dec 2017
Across Cats Protection there are thousands of cats and kittens needing temporary homes until they find their forever families. Many of our feline friends are cared for by volunteer fosterers in their homes or in purpose built pens in their gardens. Most of our volunteer fosterers care for one or two cats at a time, which makes a huge difference and gives these cats a second chance at a happy life. They provide vital hands on care and accommodation to stray, abandoned or injured cats and are part of a dedicated team of volunteers committed to finding new homes for cats in need.
Closing date: 15 Dec 2017