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Do you love cats and have a few hours to spare each week? We are currently looking for new volunteers to help out mainly at our cattery in South Cave, although there are also regular opportunities at our Homing Centre in Market Weighton. The charity needs people who are available weekdays or weekends to help care for the cats.
Charity coordinator, Rose Atkin, said: “Just a few hours a week would make a difference. Carers are needed twice a day, morning and evening, to feed the cats, clean their pens, and give them love and affection. Maintaining hygiene in the cattery is extremely important, and all pens and equipment need regular and thorough cleaning"
Volunteer Steven Worth (pictured above with a rescued mother and her four-week-old kitten) first started with the charity in 2000 as a teenager, and now volunteers regularly at the South Cave cattery.
Rose continued: "We are looking for motivated people with a mature outlook, who are confident around cats, and are able to cope with animals that are sometimes very timid or frightened of people. Cat socialisation and rehabilitation are important aspects of the role, and for me are the most rewarding.
“The more mundane side of the work includes cleaning the pens and litter trays which is moderately physical, and involves bending down. So people must be prepared to muck in. But training will be provided on all responsibilities of the role. To start with we invite people to come along and try it out for a couple of weeks and see how they get on. We provide as much support as people require until they feel confident to do the job on their own.”
Volunteers at the main foster unit in South Cave need to be confident with cats as they may be working with 'ferals' and sick animals and will need to administer medications.
Photo below: Mother and kittens in an isolation pen, South Cave cattery, being looked after by Steve Worth