Cat Care Assistant

Skills and Experience required:

Enthusiastic and pro-active – Reliable – Willingness to get stuck in – Ability to work independently and as part of a team – Passion for cats and interest in cat welfare

How this helps the SAA

In 2015 the SAA rescued and rehomed just under 200 unwanted or abandoned animals and we could not achieve this without our team of volunteers. All our cats are micro-chipped, neutered and vaccinated, and we carry out home visits to all potential adopters. We also care for a colony of 15+ feral cats onsite. Cat assistants work to ensure our cats have a healthy and happy environment whilst in our care.

What does this role involve?

Morning role: (9:30am – 12noon)

  • Cleaning out the pens;
  • emptying litter trays, wiping down the floor and walls
  • Ensuring the cats are fed and watered
  • Keeping the inside and outside of the cat units clean and tidy
  • Ensuring supplies of cleaning equipment, food etc are kept stocked up
  • Socialising with the cats; stroking them, keeping them company
  • Observing the cats’ behaviour and reporting any changes or concerns to SAA staff.

Afternoon role: (core hours are usually 2:30pm- 4:30pm)

  • Feeding the cats their afternoon meal
  • Ensuring supplies of cleaning equipment, food etc are kept stocked up
  • Socialising with the cats; stroking them, keeping them company
  • Observing the cats’ behaviour and reporting any changes or concerns to SAA staff
  • Working with the staff to complete admission and monthly health checks.

Time commitment required?

Morning role: must be onsite by 9.30am; usually finished by 12.

Afternoon role: the afternoon feed is done at 4pm; we ask volunteers to be onsite from 2pm until 4.30pm but this is flexible.

Some volunteers help every day, some once a week and some once a month. All we ask is that once you confirm your availability, you honour that commitment to enable us to ensure the rota is adequately filled. We can be flexible and accommodate shift workers who may have differing days off each week.

Weekend volunteers are asked to come in every three weeks.

It is vital that volunteers turn up regularly and on time, notifying the SAA in advance of any absence. Failure to turn up may have a negative impact on the care and welfare of the charity’s animals, and repeated absences will result in you being asked to leave.

How will we support you?

Your contact will be the animal care staff, who will provide you with support, information, guidance and direction. You will receive an induction into the workings of the charity and the cat unit, to ensure you are familiar with our cleaning and feeding practices and policies. You will be introduced to other volunteers who also care for the cats, although there may be times when you are working on your own.

What you can gain from volunteering with the SAA?

  • Meeting and working with new people
  • Develop existing knowledge or gain new knowledge
  • The experience of using your skills and abilities to in an animal rescue situation.

Please note, depending on the current number of volunteers, we may not have spaces available on the specific day/hour requested. In these circumstances, your name will be put on a waiting list and we will contact if you if a space becomes available.