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Cat Fosterer Volunteer

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Cat Fosterer Volunteer
Cats Protection
Description of the role:

Across the UK, many cats are cared for by volunteer fosterers who provide a stable, safe and loving environment in their homes or in purpose-built pens in their gardens. They provide vital hands-on care and accommodation to stray or abandoned cats or cats whose owners could sadly no longer keep them, and are part of a dedicated team of volunteers committed to finding new homes for cats in need. Our fosterers carry out this role with support from their local branch or centre.

Most of our fosterers care for one or two cats at a time and enjoy providing lots of TLC to those cats, who have been pre-loved or have had a difficult start in life. Some of our fosterers look after new mums and kittens and provide round-the-clock care to newborns to give them the best start in life.

What can you expect to be doing?

Meeting the needs of the cats and kittens in your care
Cleaning and looking after the cats’ environment and equipment
Feeding, grooming and administering medication
Spending time enriching the cats’ experience in care including; play, exercise and stroking
Maintaining high standards of animal welfare

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 in need by caring for them before they find new, loving homes. You will also meet new people, make new friends and be part of a dedicated team of volunteers.

Skills and qualities needed for the role:

We’re looking for someone with:

A dedicated suitable spare room in your house or space in your garden for a purpose-built pen – you can read more about this here
Basic knowledge of cats, cat care and understanding their needs
An appreciation of cat welfare and hygiene standards
Good interpersonal skills
Patience, commitment and empathy
Willingness to be part of a team

Practical information:

Voluntary, 10-13hrs per week. Training, induction and support provided.


Additional Information
DBS check needed: No
Driving licence needed: No
Car owner: No
Open to: Families, Over 18s
Is this role wheelchair accessible?: Yes
National Cat Centre
Lewes Road
Chelwood Gate
Haywood Heath
West Sussex
RH17 7TT
Last updated: 08.06.2023
Organisation Information

Cats Protection is the UK's largest feline welfare charity,helping an average of 166,000 cats and kittens every year thanks to a network of over 210 volunteer-run branches and 34 centres.

Charity number: 203644

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