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Volunteering

All of the tasks we undertake at Outer Aberdeen Cats Protection is carried-out by unpaid volunteers; many of whom have full-time jobs and family commitments.  Our branch would not be able to function without our amazing team who all carry-out valuable work on behalf of the cats in our care.

All Cats Protection branches are self-funding, apart from a discretionary grant from Cat HQ each year.  We are responsible for raising funds that enable us to carry-out our role.  While we have many willing volunteers, we are always in need of more.  Although volunteering is unpaid, you have the enjoyment of working with the cats we have in our care and the satisfaction of knowing you are making a difference to the welfare of cats as a whole.

At the moment we are in need of volunteers in the following areas:

Fosterers: We are always looking for new foster carers to cover unexpected arrivals.  You do not need to be available all the time as we understand you have a life too.  You can be available regularly, occasionally or be on our 'Last resort - No room at the inn' list!  It all makes a difference.
We are happy to supply food and litter for those who foster.  If you feel you can take in one of our cats on a temporary basis, please contact us at volunteering@outeraberdeen.cats.org.uk

Lost & Found: As the Outer Aberdeen Branch covers a large area, we are looking for several volunteers to cover Lost & Found duties.
When a cat is reported as 'Found' we hope that it is microchipped as this speeds up the reuniting process greatly.  Initially, members of the public will be asked to check with their immediate neighbours to see if anyone recognises the cat.  If not, depending on the cat's location (and availability of a volunteer) we would want the cat scanned for a microchip.  If the finder can take it to a local vet (they perhaps have a cat of their own and have a cat basket) then that would be ideal.  If that is not possible, then a volunteer will attend to scan the cat (prepared with a cat transport basket).  When there is a microchip, we check the database registers, and if the details are up-to-date, we can call the owners immediately to report that we have their cat.  Hopefuly the owners can come to collect their cat, or if close-by, we can reunite them.  This is a very rewarding part of the role, as many times cats have been missing for long periods of time or jumped in a vehicle and travelled miles from home.  Given the growth of home shopping deliveries, this has increased the incidents of this happening (the lovely smells coming from the back of the vans that our furry friends can't resist exploring!).  The microchip is their 'life-saver' and we actively encourage all pet owners to microchip their pets.

Non-chipped cats are fitted with a paper collar with our contact details to see if they are simply new to the area, or out for a wander or on a food stealing mission, and are still going home.  The owner can call us to see where their cat has been reported as 'Found'.  In the eventuality that none of this works, and the cat is not leaving the area and now looking for food and shelter, the Branch Coordinator will be notified and it will go onto the waiting list to come into care.  In the meantime, Lost & Found will advertise the cat on all the available social media channels and Cats Protection website to see if the cat does have an owner.

If you are interested in volunteering please visit our branch Map to see if you are available to cover any of our area.
Please contact us at volunteering@outeraberdeen.cats.org.uk


Lost and Found Cats Volunteer

Unfortunately our feline friends can occasionally stray or get lost, which can be extremely distressing for their owners. Our lost and found volunteers are passionate about reuniting lost cats and bringing families back together. They help cats and their owners by advertising lost cats and providing support, advice and guidance to people searching for their cats. 


Closing date: 20 Dec 2018
Neutering Volunteer

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.


Closing date: 20 Dec 2018
Fundraising volunteer

As a charity we rely on funds donated by generous members of the public to continue to help cats and kittens in need. Our fundraising volunteers are part of a passionate team that help raise funds to help our feline friends in need. They help plan and deliver exciting and varied fundraising events, which can be anything from craft fairs, cake sales, sponsored abseils – and anything in between!


Closing date: 31 Dec 2018
Volunteer fosterer

Across the UK many of our feline friends 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, 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. Most of our fosterers care for one or two cats at a time and enjoy providing lots of TLC to those cats which 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 new-borns with tummies to fill and lots to learn. No matter what type of cats they have in care our fosterers provide the best start to the next stage of their lives. 


Closing date: 31 Dec 2018