Become a Volunteer
It is a common misconception that volunteering in the Cattery consists solely of playing with the felines; this role is physical, sometimes dirty work and can also be distressing, therefore, is not suited to everyone.
- General animal husbandry.
- Carrying heavy litter sacks and bin bags.
- Brushing and mopping floors.
- Working alone or as part of a team, therefore using your initiative and following instructions is essential.
- Answering the front door and dealing with the general public.
The manual cattery work is mainly carried out in the mornings. Afternoon volunteers are also needed with evening feeds etc.
- Usual horticultural work (mainly grass cutting), regularly in the summer months and as and when required in winter.
- General maintenance work in and around the Cattery – qualified tradespeople are always needed.
This is a task for people who are confident and feel they can take responsibility.
- Conveying cats from the cattery to the Veterinary Surgery and back safely.
- Understanding instructions and relaying them correctly to both the Cattery Staff and the Vets.
- Collecting prescriptions.
Training will be provided with this role.
- Delivery of cats to new homes.
- Ensuring they settle and the new adopter has any queries answered.
- You must have the ability and confidence to deal with the general public and follow instructions.
- Transporting volunteers to and from the Cattery (mainly Sundays and Bank Holidays).
- Collecting donations.
- Shopping (cat food etc.).
Working at Home
Full information is provided by the Boote Home and is subject to a home check.
- Providing a cat/kitten with a home on a temporary basis.
- Hand-rearing of orphan kittens, specialised work needed occasionally, you must have relevant experience.
- Visiting potential fosterers to assess whether they would be suitable to foster a cat.
- You supply the litter, food and a safe environment, the Boote Home pays the veterinary bills.
- Posting letters, sending out newsletters.
- Database and website maintenance.
- Post-adoption courtesy calls.
- Assisting the sponsorship secretary, organising events, obtaining sponsors for the website etc.
- Selling raffle tickets, normally three times per year.
- Helping at the annual fete.
- Making items that can be sold to benefit the Charity.
- Suggesting fundraising ideas.