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Volunteer Cattery Assistant

ISPCA - Longford

About ISPCA - Longford

Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

What's Involved

Cattery Assistant Volunteers play a huge role in the rehabilitation of the cats and kittens in our care. Many animals the ISPCA rescues have been cruelly treated, and have had little to no contact with people or other animals. Often the ISPCA has in excess of 50 cats/kittens on site at our National Animal Centre.

Each of our cat pods has an indoor and outdoor area where the cats can have the best of both worlds. The open cat pod area has a chair where volunteers can sit to spend time with the cats and kittens, and get them used to human contact. Some of our cats can be nervous in a new environment or would have come from an environment where their welfare was compromised. Having dedicated cat lovers who can spend time with them hugely helps build their confidence and trust. The cats and kittens will appreciate the extra attention.

This role is mostly working indoors.

Principal Responsibilities
 Feeding cats, cleaning cat pods, emptying and filling litter trays and changing bedding.  Grooming and socialising cats throughout rehabilitation.  Spending time with cats and kittens to get them used to human contact.

What's required for this position

Previous experience handling and caring for cats and kittens is preferable but not necessary, as full training will be provided. We are looking for volunteers who are friendly, confident and comfortable in the cattery area. Good customer care skills are an advantage when meeting and talking to members of the public about the cats and kittens looking for new homes.

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Level of English required for this role:
Basic English

Times and commitment required for this role


Minimum time commitment: 3 months

Hours required: 4hrs Fortnightly

Other Details

Location of volunteering opportunity:
ISPCA National Animal Centre, Derryglogher Lodge, Keenagh, Co. Longford

Other location details:
ISPCA National Animal Centre, Derryglogher Lodge, Keenagh, Co. Longford

Also available in these counties
Leitrim, Longford, Roscommon, Westmeath

Screening details for this role:

  • Informal Interviews
  • Application Form

Volunteers will be provided with the following supports:

  • Support/ advice/ recognition
  • Supervision
  • Initial induction and training
  • Insurance cover
  • Ongoing training opportunities

Volunteers with the following challenges will be supported in this role

  • Learning Disability
  • Mental Health Difficulties

Age restrictions:
Over 16

Benefits you will receive as a volunteer

Being an ISPCA Volunteer means being part of a well-respected national animal welfare charity. You will meet new people, and gain valuable experience working with and rehabilitating cats until we find new homes for them. Good teamwork involved.

Getting there

We are based on the R392 Ballymahon Lanesborough Road. Our post copde is N39 X257. Google Maps,-7.8897989,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x485c325a32a1133d:0x3f4ab2af69f4ad15!8m2!3d53.6259699!4d-7.8876102

  • This opportunity is posted by:
  • Volunteer Centre: Longford
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