Cats Needing Homes UK and Ireland

The Cat Chat Volunteer Team

Cat Chat sources homes for currently over 10,000 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!


New for 2019! Volunteer Opportunities Now Available!
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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:

Squeak cat homed DoncasterHoming Pages Help Team

Assisting those shelters who need help updating their Cat Chat Homing Page. The team regularly assists with re-sizing and optimizing cats’ photos, or adding cats’ details to the pages in response to shelters' requests. Help is also offered for more extensive page updates where needed. 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! We also have an Overlooked Cat Journalist to promote those cats that have been waiting the longest, via regional press articles.

Ella cat Homed from Peterborough Cat RescueKittens Team

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!

Forum Team

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.

Daisy cat homed from Cat Action Trust 1977 Kilmarnock 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.

Website Development

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!

Billy homed from Kirkby cats home NottsAdministration & 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

Our monthly News Update is a great way to reach out to supporters, rescue shelters and the general public. Our small publicity team collaborate to produce an attractive news update 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 our own graphic designer.

The Committee

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.


Volunteer Opportunities Now Available
Applicants must be 18 or over and resident in the UK or Ireland.


PR Officer
A voluntary position, working online, from home.

We are seeking an experienced PR professional to raise the Cat Chat charity’s profile. This is a unique opportunity to make a big difference to rescued cats and shelters nationwide.

Job Outline
Preparation and management of news releases, pitching opinion pieces and rehoming stories; placing statements or letters from Cat Chat in response to cat related news issues; acting as Cat Chat’s spokesperson as required and maintaining strong relationships with both specialist and general media.

Requirements
Applicants must be computer literate; have excellent written and verbal communication skills; a thorough understanding of the UK media landscape from traditional outlets through broadcasting and social media; proven strategic ability; attention to detail; be reliable, self-motivated and pro-active with the ability to work independently as well as with the charity’s staff.

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Cat Homing Page Manager
A voluntary position, working online, from home.

We are looking for a reliable person to join our friendly team of Cat Homing Page Managers. Your time and skills will have a direct and positive impact in helping to redress the homeless cat crisis in the UK today.

Job Outline
You will be assisting specific cat rescue shelters by managing their Cat Chat Homing Pages, including preparing and uploading images, and adding details of their cats for adoption. Everything is done through your regular browser, and no website-building knowledge is needed.

Requirements
Applicants must be competent at preparing images for the web, ie: cropping, resizing, improving and optimising images ready for posting online. The post-holder must have good organisational skills, with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail, and an excellent command of English. You will need to be fully computer literate and able to use basic spreadsheets.

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Rehoming Roll of Honour Administrator (Job-share)
A voluntary position, working online, from home.

If you love cats, and would like to help raise awareness of adopting a rescue cat, then this is for you. This is the ultimate feel-good job, as you will be dealing with Cat Chat cat homing successes!

Job Outline
To collect and log information and photos of cats homed through Cat Chat. To update the Cat Chat Rehoming Roll of Honour page. To reply to rescue shelter’s emails. Guidelines and support provided. Everything is done through your regular browser so no website-building knowledge is needed.

Requirements
Applicants must be competent at preparing images for the web, ie: cropping, resizing, improving and optimising images ready for posting online, and have access to an appropriate image programme. (We are unable to supply software. There are some free online image editing tools available if needed). Some correcting or expanding on text supplied may be also be required. Must have a good command of English.

Time Commitment
Your help will be required on a Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays. You will need to check the online mailbox on these days, and update the Rehoming Roll of Honour page as requested. Up to 1 hour each time.

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We are always pleased to hear from people who may be able to offer their services to the charity in ways we hadn't thought of. If you have other skills or expertise not mentioned above, that you think might help the Charity... please get in touch! Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cats Needing Homes UK and Ireland