Working Cat Support Volunteer

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  • Location:
    Various locations
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  • Posts available:1
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  • Full/Part time:Volunteer
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  • Closing date:Monday, April 1, 2019

Why does Battersea need a volunteer?

This exciting new volunteer role at Battersea will provide important assistance to our Animal Partnerships team, who work with many different dog and cat charities and rescues all over the country to provide the best outcome for our dogs and cats in need of homes.

Battersea has seen a huge increase in the number of unsocialised and under-socialised cats coming into our care. 

‘Working’ or ‘outlet’ cats are cats that have been identified as being suited to live a more independent lifestyle than a typical domestic home can provide.  Whilst working cats still appreciate being cared for (e.g. being fed and watered daily), a working cat is more likely to want to have plenty of time on their own, without any of the pressure to interact with people or the confinement sometimes associated with living as a typical ‘pet’. 

Working cats are able to thrive in a more rural environment where they can enjoy exploring and hunting outdoors rather than sitting on someone’s lap being fussed – in essence, working cats are more like ‘wild’ cats than domesticated ones.   

What would I be doing?

  • Promoting Battersea’s working cats via the distribution of promotional material and through attending Country Fairs and other similar events.  
  • Actively visiting potential and appropriate outlets (such as stables, farms, large rural estates) and promoting Battersea’s working cats in person.  
  • Undertaking ’home visits’ to regional outlet applicants received by the Animal Partnerships Team; checking for suitability and/or helping to set up a working cat’s new environment prior to a cat’s arrival. On occasion settle the cat into its new environment upon arrival.
  • Forming positive relations within the rural community with potential new owners, follow up on the welfare of our working cats, offer aftercare if necessary and collect re-usable resources as/when appropriate.  

Please be aware that this role does not work directly with cats, but is focused on finding suitable homes for cats that have been identified as being suited to live a more independent lifestyle than a typical domestic home can provide.  

What skills would be useful?

  • To have a good knowledge of cats in general and under-socialised cats to answer questions, understand what is needed to individually secure and settle them on different types of outlets, and help land-owners make provisions for their welfare, environment and ongoing needs.
  • To have an understanding of the functionality of stables and farms, so as to be able to place cats appropriately, understand the rural mindset and/or manage landowner’s expectations.  
  • To be able to identify unneutered cat colonies should they be encountered in rural situations and communicate with the land-owner and the Animal Partnerships team to work towards controlling the population.
  • Advantage - To be able to support outlets in securing/building suitable areas for settling and permanent shelter, and source and transport materials if necessary, have the creativity and tools for bespoke enclosure builds.

What skills will I gain?

You will have the opportunity to expand your knowledge of cat behaviour and welfare and their corresponding specific needs and requirements. You will develop skills to identify suitable working cat outlets and how to prepare them to be safe and secure environments to meet a cat’s welfare needs and how to settle a cat into its new environment. Through working remotely you will develop your communication skills with the teams at Battersea and with the public.

Where would I be volunteering?

This role requires you to volunteer remotely in and around your community and involves a substantial amount of driving to seek out and visit potential homes. You will be required to come to Battersea for training/shadowing and to meet with the team on occasion so we are looking for someone who is able to travel to London  We are also looking for someone who is in within an hour of one of our three sites

Battersea London - 4 Battersea Park Road, SW8 4AA
Battersea Brands Hatch - Crowhurst Lane, Ash, Kent, TN15 7HH
Battersea Windsor - Priest Hill, Old Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 2JN

What is the recruitment process like?

  • Applications will close on Monday 1 April. 
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview on Tuesday 9 April.  

How do I apply?

  • If you would like to apply for the role, please click here to complete our online application form by midnight on Monday 1 April.
  • Please note, we do not accept CVs or cover letters for this role.
  • We reserve the right to close the role early should we receive a high number of applications.