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Could you be a volunteer for Southend Cats Protection?

Fostering

We are desperately in need of people who would like to foster some of the cats and kittens that come into our care, prior to us finding them permanent new homes. You do not need to have cats of your own, just a love of cats and an understanding of their needs. If you do have cats of your own they should be vaccinated and you would need a spare room so that you could keep them separated. We provide the food, litter and pay any veterinary bills, and you provide the love and a little bit of your time. If the answer is yes, please contact Rita using the details on our home page.

Events Helpers

You might like to volunteer your time to help at our events to help set up and clear up or with the refreshments. We also need physically strong people to help set up the pens and tables for our homing days and other fundraising events. This would be once a month or so at 9.15am to help our other hardworking volunteers for about one hour. You could also be allocated one of our cats to look after for the day, making sure they get a suitable home by talking to potential new owners who attend the shows. See a full list of our events on our Facebook page.

Transporting to Vets and trapping strays

Do you have access to a car and spare time to transport the cats to vet appointments, take cats to the cattery or other fosterers, or even help with trapping stray cats and kittens that need be taken in and cared for? Traps are heavy and it is handy if you have the strength to carry them. Ideally you’d be available on-call for emergencies, but we would appreciate any time that anyone could give.

Socialising

Many people enjoy socialising the cats in their pens as they find this is very rewarding. You wouldn’t need to go every week and you can go as often as you like when the cattery is open. As we do not have enough fosterers caring for cats in their own homes, we have to pay to board some cats in a private cattery which operates as a business with designated opening hours. You will often need to wrap up warm, wear casual clothes and it’s nice if you can bring treats! You might like to play with them, stroking and brushing them and reading their body language (for example some just won’t want to be touched for a while if they are frightened). You would meet another volunteer at the cattery to be shown what to do, and arrange to visit at times that suit you.

Charity Collecting

Every couple of months on a Saturday we collect money and cat food outside or inside a local Pets at Home store. You would be standing with one other volunteer for around one hour on a shift basis. We started this about 6 months ago and it’s been a great success, whilst also raising awareness of our branch.

Other ways to volunteer
  • Could you hold a garden party/coffee morning/sell things on eBay/arrange talks at local Boy Scout groups or schools?
  • Is there is a charity that you involved in already - we could hold a ‘joint’ fundraising event or sell our items at your event.
  • Are you good at making things that we could sell at our events (craft or cakes)?

If you are inteterested in volunteering, please contact Carole using the contact details on our home page