Volunteering in the Cattery

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At The Ark we believe in giving our cats the best possible life whilst they wait for adoption and this includes plenty of love and attention. Spending time with our cats, especially those who are more timid or withdrawn can be very rewarding as volunteers see them start to enjoy human contact and become sociable and loving.

Cattery Helpers

  • In order to become a cattery helper you must be over 16 years of age
  • If you are on the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme we can take volunteers at 14 years of age but places for this are limited


Cattery cleaning volunteers normally come in the mornings from about 9.30 am. We usually have a team of two to four people working on cleaning in the cattery and each person is allocated an area to attend to, i.e. cleaning litter trays, tidying the pen and reporting any concerns about the resident to staff on duty.

Hygiene and infection control are especially important in the cattery as cat flu and other viruses can be easily transmitted if due care is not taken.

Cat Socialisation

Some cats may become withdrawn in the cattery environment or they may have been strays for a long time and need more coaxing to interact with people. Some one to one time with a volunteer can be really beneficial for the well-being of the cat and improving its chances of finding a home. Many cats also enjoy being groomed as part of this hands-on treatment. Ideal volunteers for this role would need to be confident around cats with a good understanding of their needs and able to give a regular commitment of time.

This role can be carried out between the hours of 9.30am and 12.30 pm or between 2.00pm and 4.00pm. If you think that being a volunteer cattery helper might be for you, then please don't hesitate to contact: Barbara Robson Centre Manager [email protected] 01335 300494