Kitten Socialisation Volunteer
A bit about this role
Across Cats Protection some of our feline friends looking for new and loving homes might be shy, nervous or aggressive depending on their past or if they are struggling to adapt to the rescue environment. Our kitten socialisation volunteers help the kittens in our care by spending time enriching each kittens experience through play, exercise and handling until they are happy and confident enough to find their perfect forever homes.
What can you expect to be doing?
- Spending time with kittens so they become fully socialised
- Making sure infectious disease control measures are in place
- Recording socialisation tasks and keeping information about the kittens up to date
- Determining the needs and requirements of the kittens
- Following cat care standards and procedures
What are the benefits to you and the cats?
You will develop new skills, expand your knowledge and make a real contribution to improving the lives of cats and kittens by helping kittens become more confident in order for them to find forever homes. You will also meet new people, make new friends and be part of a dedicated team of volunteers.
We’re looking for someone with
- Basic knowledge of cat behaviour and cats needs
- An appreciation of cat care and hygiene standards
- Patience and perseverance
- A level-headed and practical approach
- Good observational skills
- A calm and confident manner around kittens
Our kitten socialisation volunteers spend 1 to 2 hours a week in this role which is flexible and can be shared by more than one volunteer if needed. We request that volunteers spend time with a particular litter of kittens on a weekly basis, as this will be more beneficial for the kittens.
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.