Leading cat charity’s volunteers are proud and full of the feel-good factor


This Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) the UK’s leading feline welfare charity is celebrating survey results which show its volunteers are full of pride and the feel-good factor.

In a survey± of volunteers at Cats Protection, 94% of volunteers who responded said they are proud to tell people they volunteer with Cats Protection. Not only are the organisation’s volunteers proud but they are feeling great too, with 85% saying “my role makes me feel good about myself”.

Unsurprisingly “love of cats” took the top position when volunteers were asked about their motivation, with 94% citing it as their primary reason for volunteering.

This illustrates just how engaged the 11,200 volunteers are in making a difference to hundreds of thousands of cats every year.

The charity invites cat-lovers from all backgrounds to join the UK’s biggest cat community.  It has created a new animation, which showcases the variety of roles available and can be seen athttp://bit.ly/VolunteeringAnimation

Volunteering at the charity’s adoption centres across England, Scotland and Wales is being supported this year by players of People’s Postcode Lottery who have enabled the charity to employ Volunteer Team Leaders who unite, support and nurture volunteers at centres.

Julie Meredith, Head of Volunteering Development at Cats Protection, says: “We are extremely grateful to each and every one of our volunteers for the remarkable contribution they make to Cats Protection. The charity would not be able to help around 200,000 cats every year, without their skills, expertise and love of cats.

“We were delighted to see the level of pride and commitment that we see from our volunteers on a daily basis reflected in the findings of the survey. Cats Protection first began as a volunteer-run organisation and we are extremely proud that as it has grown, volunteers have continued to be at its heart.”

Anybody wishing to find out more about volunteering for Cats Protection should visit www.cats.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering or call the national information line on 03000 12 12 12 to find out about local opportunities.