Cat Fosterers' Volunteer Support Officer

To support the branch's volunteer cat and kitten fosterers in their own homes Volunteers are recruited to foster cats and kittens brought into branch care via the RSPCA’s Greater Manchester Animal Hospital (GMAH) and Inspectors. These animals have often experienced terrible cruelty or neglect and as a result are very unsure of any humans they may meet. With care and loving attention almost all of them can be rehabilitated and go on to make wonderful family members.
Duration: Ongoing
When can volunteers volunteer? Weekly

This grid shows when you can volunteer for this organisation. E.G Monday morning.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Tasks the volunteer will be required to do:

The post holder’s responsibility is to support volunteer fosterers in their duties by:
1. Visiting potential fosterers in their own homes to assess suitability to care for RSPCA cats and kittens
2. Visiting volunteer fosterers who have cats/kittens in their care on a weekly basis or more often in emergencies.
3. Arranging any necessary veterinary appointments with the Animal Hospital outreach clinic, the hospital itself or designated local private veterinary practices for follow up care, vaccinations or medical intervention.
4. Ensuring that fosterers keep up acceptable standards of cleanliness and any medication is administered correctly.
5. Distributing food and other equipment to fosterers
6. Transporting cats/kittens to and from fosterers' homes to vet appointments, to other fosterers or to the cattery used by the branch (currently in the Stockport area).
7. Attend the branch's monthly evening meetings on the last Thursday of each month - during the Coronavirus-19 restrictions on use of Stalybridge Fire Station's Community room we now meet via google meets at 7pm - 8pm.
8. Take part in branch fundraising events on an ad hoc basis.

Requirements: Own vehicle required, Driving license
Skill and Qualifications Required:

As Volunteer Fosterers’ Support Officer you should:
a) Have relevant experience in the care and management of animals
b) Have an understanding of nursing or veterinary standards necessary for the care of young or sick animals
c) Be experienced in managing people.
d) Be knowledgeable of the animal welfare act and its requirements for animals in care.
e) Have access to a private vehicle eg car, van, motorcycle and a clean driving licence.
f) Be able to accept telephone calls from fosterers at any time.
g) Be confident and diplomatic when informing fosterers that they are not performing well and offer further training to improve their skills or when explaining that their services are no longer required.

Areas of Interest: Animals, Health and safety, Health and wellbeing
Opportunity suitable for: Home, Long term commitment
What activities will the volunteer do? Administration, Driving, Providing advice, Support Work
Skills gained in this role: Listening, Managing people, Organising, Talking to others, Teamwork
Home based opportunity? Yes
DBS Check Required: No
Opportunity Accessibility: The volunteering location is not accessible

About the host organisation

Hosted by: RSPCA Tameside and Glossop Branch
Organisation Profile: The Tameside and Glossop branch of the RSPCA is separate and independent from the parent charity (National RSPCA) and run entirely by unpaid volunteers. THE BRANCH SUPPORTS OUR INSPECTORS by taking in dogs and cats which they have rescued. We fund their care in kennels, catteries or foster homes and any veterinary fees which can sometimes run into thousands of pounds. Once the animals are fit and healthy we actively seek to match them with a suitable family who will provide them a new home and future. Animals which come into our care have often experienced cruelty, accidents and injury or abandonment. Whilst we are restricted at the branch level in the type of animal we can provide care for, the National RSPCA actively rescues pets, wildlife and farm animals. We also offer vouchers to help people in financial need to meet expensive emergency veterinary costs or to have their pets neutered.
Charity number: 232260