Wigtownshire needs more volunteers

Wigtownshire needs more volunteers
Cats Protection has cared for and rehomed many cats in the Dumfries and Galloway area. Each branch is always full to capacity with waiting list of cats needing to come into our care and be re homed. Unless we increase our number of fosterers, we will be unable to help a lot of cases that are brought to our attention. local branches are run purely by volunteers, who offer their spare time to do what they can to help. It can be very rewarding and there’s no greater feeling when a cat that has been in a fosterers care for a long spell, eventually finds a loving, new home.“Each new Cat Fosterer we recruit will enable us to increase the number of animals we can care for and ultimately rehome with loving owners. Their help is invaluable to us.”

Cat Fosterers provide temporary care and accommodation to stray, abandoned or injured cats and kittens in their own homes and in their spare time. Each Cat Fosterer is fully supported by Cats Protection and receives training, the equipment needed and also expenses such as veterinary bills, food and cat litter.

We presently have two fosterers in the Stranraer & District branch, we need to treble that number. If you live in the Wigtownshire area and feel you are able to contribute to the Stranraer & District Branch in any way, please get in touch. We will only be able to continue to offer help and support to the cats in this area if we have the volunteers to allow us to do so. We are presently asking for fosterers and fundraisers.

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Volunteering

Can you offer some of your time?

Due to the increasing numbers of stray and unwanted cats we are always looking for new volunteers. There are many different things you can do with Cats Protection.

Fostering.  Cat fostering is hands on cat welfare work. Our fosterers look after felines on a short term basis, either in cat pens in their gardens that are provided by Cats Protection, or in a spare room in their home. Fostering is a very rewarding experience as you will be looking after cats from various backgrounds and finding them caring and loving homes. What our volunteers do can have a very positive effect on the lives of the cats in our care and you could be part of it.

Administration.  A large part of Cats Protection is administration, so we are also on the look out for people that are interested in volunteering but wouldn’t like to be so hands on.

Helping to Fundraise We are starting to increase the number of fundraising events we hold in our area. To do this successfully, we need volunteers on the day. The events range from open gardens, coffee mornings, sales stalls at fairs and homing shows. We are always trying to think of new ideas for fundraising, if you have any, please share them with us. If you are interested in helping out at one of our events, please contact us and leave a message for Sally. The days are good fun and a great way to meet people.

 There are many different positions that offer satisfaction to people of all walks of life that are passionate about the welfare of cats. If you can spare some time you are encouraged to contact the branch on 0845 371 2759, which provides an essential cat rehoming service in the local area.

However small the offer is, we will always gratefully welcome it. If you feel you can offer us any of your time and support, we would love to hear from you. It’s a great way to meet people and make new friends.

What do we mean, when we say VOLUNTEER?
A volunteer with Cats Protection can be many things.
It can be helping serve tea & coffee at a fundraising event once in a blue moon.
It can be shaking a tin outside a supermarket once a year.
It can be answering a phone, for 5 minutes in a day.
It can be collecting donated articles for events.
It can be baking a cake for a fundraiser, or donating a tombola prize.
It can be helping to process gift-aid paperwork at your leisure.
It can be promoting the plight of our branch in this area.
It can be checking potential new homes.
It can be helping trap stray cats or cats in need.
It can be hosting a fundraiser yourself, or brainstorming new ideas for fundraising.
It can be doing a sponsored walk, or a sponsored SILENCE for children!

It could be one of our most valuable jobs, being a fosterer.

Could you visualise doing anything to help and join our small team of volunteers? If so, please speak to Margaret on 0845 371 2759
or e-mail: catsprotection01@mail.com