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Volunteers can expect to be involved in:
Serving customers, Arranging and replenishing stock, helping make changes to the shop layour, pricing and stock rotation. Sharing your passion for cat welfare and promoting the work of Cats Protection.
This opportunity requires the volunteer to be on their feet the whole time.
PLEASE NOTE: Dogs in our kennels tend to be larger dogs, many have behaviour issues. Walks are not just to provide enrichment and exercise, but also much needed training. If you are looking for an easy walk with a smaller or already trained dog, please consider another rescue. Role involves: Visiting our kennels in Midlothian walking our dogs, Training, socialisation, reducing behavioural problems, Report back to the kennel team and coordinator about progress and any problems.
We are looking for creative volunteers to support our fundraising coordinators. We are entirely funded by donations and rehoming fees. A small amount really can make a difference to us, you will see where your hard work goes! The role can be tailored to you, but may include: Supporting coordinators to run events, Gaining support from corporate donors, Sourcing gift-in-kind donations for prizes etc, Sending sponsor packs, Researching new areas of funding, Speaking about ADDR for community groups.
You will be providing the puppy with a vital foundation for its future role as a guide dog with someone with sight loss.
What does the role involve?
• Feeding, training and generally caring for a puppy's needs on a daily basis is time consuming and, particularly when very young, they cannot be left on their own for more than three hours
• You will develop and care for a puppy as directed by your supervisor and as described in Puppy Walking Policies and Procedures
• You will familiarise the puppy with many different environments
• Teaching basic obedience commands
You will need access to a suitable area where the puppy could go to the toilet during the day, including first thing in the morning and last thing at night
What skills or experience are required?
Good communication skills, Good interpersonal skills Experience of being in an environment around dogs an advantage
What will I get out of it?
• The challenge and reward of seeing a puppy develop in your home
• The satisfaction that you have had a pivotal role in providing guide dogs that enable blind and partially-sighted people to enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else
We need your help in our Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre to keep our donations and food stock in good order and ensure effective stock rotation. You will also be responsible for keeping the storage areas for donations/ food stock clean and tidy, as well as looking after the stock of towels and blankets and items for sale in our centre shop.
Assist with the sorting of donations and other food stocks
Organise food by date and brand to maintain good stock rotation
Keep storage areas clean and tidy at all times
Assist with organising and maintaining other storage areas as necessary
Organise towels and blankets
Organise items for sale in the centre
Volunteering with us is incredibly rewarding, and in return for your time and commitment you will gain invaluable experience helping Scotland's leading animal welfare charity.
We would like you to place and manage 5-10 pin badge boxes in shops and visitor attractions within your community. Our enamel badges depicting a large range of wild birds, animals and plants are extremely popular. We will ask you to visit these sites every 4 weeks (at your convenience), count funds, issue a receipt to the site, bank the money at any Post Office or Pay Point location, record the income on our online system and replenish boxes with pin badges. You will have regular contact with RSPB Community Fundraising staff or an Area Coordinator in your locality.
By placing and managing our iconic wildlife pin badge boxes in shops and busy locations near you, you can potentially raise over £1000 every year for the RSPB. This is an easy way to raise valuable funds to assist the RSPB's nature and wildlife conservation work.
This is an enjoyable way to get out and about in your local area to meet people and to chat to them about the RSPB and its work. The RSPB is an active and exciting conservation charity, the largest in Europe! We can help you gain skills and give you a valuable insight into our work, as well as provide opportunities to meet other volunteers through annual thank you events, newsletters and social networks.
In this exciting role you will assist with organising and running fundraising events in your local area. You will have the opportunity to get your thinking cap on and share fundraising ideas in meetings with other volunteers and then put those ideas into action. As well as assisting with the running of events, we encourage you to share your passion for cat welfare and promote our work to the public at the event.
Coordinating and supporting cat care volunteers and fosterers, ensuring they are happy and confident in their roles. Working with cat care volunteers, fosterers and other colleagues to ensure Cats Protection quality of care is provided and maintained to cats in care, this will be supported by adhering to policies, procedures, minimum vetinary standards and minimum cat care standards. Working closely with the homing team to maintain up to date records of the cats in care and ensure cats ready to be rehomed are matched as quickly as possible. Promoting and supporting the development of care care volunteers and fosterers to enable them to fulfil their roles.
Volunteers make a real difference to local pet owners and promote positive animal welfare. Decide whether a pet is suitable for PFSS care and place the animal in a suitable registered foster home. Build relationships with local volunteer foster carers and professionals, for example social workers. Monitor the progress of pets in foster care. Coordinate the return of pets to their owners.
Supervise and help to recruit foster carers in their area. Keep in regular contact with registered foster carers.
Clarify arrangements for collection and transport of the pet and financing food, vet costs, etc, whilst in care. Keep accurate and up to date records of each fostering.
Publicise PFSS and establish links with the relevant agencies, for example, health, social work, police, vetinary, etc. Ensure the goodwill of other animal related organisations and commercial organisations, for example, kennels and catteries.
Our experience is that successful applicants have a suitable background which provides the necessary experience. They also need a good degree of pet empathy.
Suitable backgrounds include, but are not limited to medical receptionist, NHS staff, veterinary staff, social work staff, kennel receptionist etc
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. We were set up in 1927. 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.
At Cats Protection we strongly believe that neutering cats before they can breed is an essential part of cat ownership. Unfortunately some people have misconceptions about neutering, for example, that female cats should have one litter of kittens before being neutered. Our community cat champions play an important role in helping promote neutering in local communities. They build relationships with members of the public, encourage people to neuter their cats, dispel myths about neutering and ultimately help prevent unwanted cats in the future.
The role is varied and will involve the following :
• talking to members of the public day-to-day and at events
• promoting neutering campaigns and offering advice
• Linking with community groups to share neutering messages
• Attending community events to promote neutering campaigns
• Helping arrange transport for people to get their cat to the vet to be neutered
The volunteers will work alongside myself and/or other CP volunteers and usually spend 5 to 10 hours per week in this role, which is flexible depending on their availability and what we have planned.
At Cats Protection, we believe our volunteers should be happy and confident in their roles. To make sure this is the case, we provide support and guidance both remotely from our National Cat Centre and face to face through our regional and local volunteer groups and teams. We also offer varied online and face to face training and have wide-ranging policies covering all aspects of volunteering. We hope the support we provide will ensure our volunteers have a great experience with Cats Protection.
We are looking for someone with the following : A calm, friendly manner, the ability to speak to people from different backgrounds, a passion for meeting new people, building relationships and networking, knowledge of your local area, willingness to be part of a team, good IT skills and the ability to travel by own or public transport.