Trap, Neuter, Return Lead 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.
A bit about this role
Unfortunately thousands of cats each year are abandoned or have strayed and rely on charities like Cats Protection, and cat loving people, for help. As a Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) Lead volunteer you will make a vital contribution to maintaining a healthy population of feral (community) cats and will help alleviate cat welfare and community problems caused by uncontrolled cat populations. You will lead a team of TNR volunteers in your local area, who in turn will help reduce the number of kittens born without a home.
What can you expect to be doing?
- Supporting and managing a team of TNR volunteers
- Promoting and encouraging appropriate training for TNR volunteers
- Delegating activities to TNR volunteers
- Supporting TNR volunteers to comply with Cats Protection policies and guidelines
- Engaging with local communities, local businesses, land owners and farmers to promote the neutering of cats in their locality
- Working closely with vets to promote and arrange neutering
- Working closely with other members of the Cats Protection local team
- Overseeing the maintenance of the trapping equipment
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 by helping reduce the number of unwanted cats and improving the lives of cats and people in your local area. You will also meet new people, make new friends and be part of a dedicated team of volunteers.
We’re looking for someone with
- Strong interpersonal skills and people management experience is important for this role
- Ability to see the ‘bigger picture’ and be pragmatic
- Leadership skills to bring out the best in your team
- Ability to prioritise and delegate
- Good communication skills to ensure best practice, standards, policies and guidelines are being met by others
- Good level of record keeping/administration skills
- Well organised and practical
- Ability to deal with sensitive situations
- Ability to engage with local communities
This is a flexible role and the hours will vary depending on the number of cats identified for specific TNR campaigns. Our current TNR Lead volunteers spend about 10 hours per week in this role which can be shared by more than one volunteer if needed.
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.