Cat Chat sources homes for currently over 8,000 rescued cats annually through our Virtual Shelters. Our volunteers are vital to our operation, giving their valuable time, expertise and energy to help to make Cat Chat work. Thousands of ex-rescue cats are purring in their new homes thanks to our smashing Volunteer Teams!
|Currently, Cat Chat has no volunteer vacancies - if you are interested in 'virtual volunteering', please bookmark this page and check back at another time. Volunteer opportunities will be posted on this page!|
|To all those who work behind the scenes at Cat Chat - A big THANK YOU...
We couldn't do it without you!
Introducing the Teams:
Homing Pages Help Team
Assisting those shelters who need help updating their Cat Chat Homing Page. The team regularly assist with cropping, re-sizing and optimizing cats’ photos, or adding cats’ details to the pages in response to shelters' requests. The Help Team also enables shelters without any computer access (yes, there are still one or two!) to have a Cat Chat homing page, by making updates to pages using details supplied by phone.
Cat Monitoring Team
These are the folks who keep a check on the cat homing pages to ensure that everything is running smoothly, and that the pages are up to date. This team is essential for highlighting any shelters who may need a helping hand with their page. Cat Monitors also ensure that any cats on our 'Overlooked Cats' section are also featured on the cat homing pages, to increase their chances of finding homes.
Overlooked Cats Team
Giving extra publicity to harder-to-home and long-stay cats. Using photos and details supplied by each shelter, the Overlooked Cats team are responsible for creating each cat's own story, told from the cat's point of view. These team members certainly need to be at one with feline thoughts and feelings! As a result, our Overlooked Cats section generates many more homing enquiries, and super homes for even the hardest to home cat!
Our Kitten Administrators are responsible for the upkeep of our 'Kittens Needing Homes' section, which shows those shelters who have kittens available for rehoming. Shelters can request to be added to, or taken off the section whenever their kitten situation changes. In addition, shelters are contacted at the start and end of kitten season, so that this section can be kept as current as possible.
Homed Cats ('Roll of Honour') Team
These volunteers maintain our Homed Cats (Roll of Honour) section, where we showcase some of the happy homings achieved through the Cat Chat pages. Using photos and homing information sent in to us by the shelters, the team post a selection to the Homed Cats section for all to enjoy. This is the ultimate feel-good job, as our Rehoming Roll of Honour Team get to hear about all the cat homing successes!
Our friendly Feline Forum offers help and support with a wide range of cat-related queries and problems. Led by our Forum Superviser, our team of Moderators ensure that things run smoothly, and intervene where necessary to ensure all conversations remain civil, and within our policies. We also have a helpful Forum Adviser to offer additional advice, and useful links where appropriate.
Social Media Team
This team is responsible for establishing and maintaining a strong social network, helping to spread the rescue message, and raising awareness of Cat Chat's work. Our Social Media Team post regular updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages about Cat Chat activity, and also offer helpful replies to queries posted to our social media pages.
Public Advisory Team
Our Advisory Team deal with a wide variety of enquiries from the public. Our HelpDesk volunteers are responsible for answering public email enquiries on a day to day basis. HelpDesk team members have a good knowledge of cat rescue and welfare issues, so can give experienced advice, and suggestions of useful resources. We also have a qualified, volunteer Veterinary Adviser who deals with any non-urgent veterinary enquiries, and a qualified Behavioural Adviser who specialises in feline behavioural issues and cat psychology.
The Cat Chat website is constantly evolving and expanding, and is always under review. Our pages are continually being added to, and sections improved and updated, all of which needs research, development and testing (and often training too!). As well as developing the site, some sections need to be maintained on a daily basis, such as our shelter listings, links section, and our advice & information pages. Assisting our web-wise team, we also have a volunteer IT adviser/programmer, Google Adwords administrator, web designer and a vital team of helpers, testers and checkers!
Administration & Fundraising
Often the un-sung heroes, working away in the background, but absolutely essential. Our Financial Admin volunteers are vital to keep our finances in order; from processing donations and Friends of Cat Chat subscriptions, to dealing with page sponsorships and collection pots. Our Web Shop Administrator and Merchandise Co-ordinator work closely together, processing orders made through our web shop, and ensuring orders are securely packed and promptly posted.
News & Publicity
The quarterly Cat Chat Newsletter is a great way to reach out to supporters, rescue shelters and the general public. Our experienced, volunteer Journalist, Editor and Newsletter Designer collaborate to produce an attractive newsletter which is interesting, informative and with a good selection of happy homings! To help with other publicity, such as press articles, we are fortunate to have both a professional, volunteer photographer and a graphic designer.
And last (but by no means least!) our committee, all volunteers, are integral to everything we do at Cat Chat. The committee consists of 8 trustees, including the two founders of the charity, who between them have a wide variety of skills and experience. The committee meets each month, to discuss all aspects of Cat Chat and its work, at all times ensuring that the charity works within Charity Commission guidelines. Trustees are responsible for reviewing the charity's activities in relation to its objectives, monitoring its progress, and planning initiatives to further achieve the charity's aims.