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Could you help needy cats in Harlow?

Lifestyle / Sat 14th Oct 2017 at 03:03pm

Could you help needy local cats?

THE Harlow, Epping Forest & District Branch of the UK’s largest cat welfare charity, Cats Protection, is looking for a new Branch Co-ordinator and network of cat fosterers to join its team of volunteers.

The branch, which covers the M11 corridor from Loughton to Saffron Walden is part of the charity’s nationwide network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 34 centres that together help around 190,000 cats and kittens each year.

As well as finding new homes for unwanted and abandoned cats, the branch also offers cat care advice to the public and can help towards the cost of neutering.

The branch’s current co-ordinator, Sue Harris, is leaving the post after 15 years with the branch and 7 as co-ordinator and the charity hopes to hear from cat-lovers who would like the responsibility of overseeing a feline welfare branch.

Regional Development Manager Stephanie Osborne says: “We are very sad to see Sue go – it is a huge loss to the team and she will be missed. We want to express our gratitude for her work over the years and wish her well for the future. We are now looking for someone to take over the role of Branch Co-ordinator and would really love to hear from anyone who is interested. Volunteering for Cats Protection is a fun and rewarding experience, and volunteers gain a great deal of satisfaction helping cats get a second chance in life.”

The branch is also seeking fosterers who care for unwanted and abandoned cats while they wait to find a new owner. Fostering is hands-on cat welfare work looking after cats on a short-term basis, in garden-based cat cabins. The branch needs volunteers who can offer a temporary home to one or more cats whilst they get back on their paws.

“Cat fosterers play a vital role in our charity by caring for cats in their own home until a new owner can be found.” said Sue Harris, Branch Co-ordinator, “No special equipment is needed but cat fosterers do need to have an area in their garden where a cat pen can be housed and, of course, a love of cats and experience with them is a must. The charity will provide plenty of assistance and support materials for all fosterers.

“Offering a temporary home to a cat in need can be an incredibly rewarding experience, and becoming a volunteer for Cats Protection is a great way to meet new friends – both human and feline!”

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for Cats Protection’s local branch then please call 0333 200 1484.

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