The RSPCA Cat Smart scheme is in need of volunteers to become drivers and social media ambassadors
A cat neutering project in Sheffield is in desperate need of moggy-loving volunteers to help continue its great work in the city.
The Cat Smart scheme aims to tackle the cat overpopulation crisis in Sheffield by offering free and reduced neutering, microchipping and cat welfare advice.
On average, the RSPCA receives a call to its national control centre about a cat every three minutes.
The scheme has so far neutered over 1,000 cats since it started which means the scheme has prevented an estimated 9,972 unwanted kittens being born since the start of the scheme in August 2017. In Sheffield, the neutering rate was well below the national average (91%) with 86% neutering their cats in the city when the project began*.
Carrie Stones, RSPCA’s Cat Population Control Manager, said: “We are aiming to change this with the Cat Smart scheme but we cannot do this alone. We need vital volunteers to support us in a number of different ways from becoming drivers and transporting cats to neutering clinics to being a social ambassador and helping to promote Cat Smart and build connections. We already have a dedicated team of volunteers and we really value the fact that people want to give their time, energy and commitment for the cause.”
Volunteer drivers will be required to give their time for at least one day a week and will need to have a full, clean driving license.
Drivers will need to be cat lovers, kind and caring. They will also be required to undergo online driver training and will be trained in how to safely collect and transport cats and kittens from their owners and return them after procedures, ensuring clear and concise follow-up information is provided regarding after care.
Social media ambassadors will be tasked with sharing and liking posts and continuing to promote the scheme, animal welfare issues and the RSPCA in general. They will need to give at least three to five hours of their time a week to keep the Facebook page updated on a frequent basis.
Lauren Sanderson, Deputy Charity Manager at Rain Rescue also volunteers for Cat Smart as a social media ambassador.
She said: “Rain Rescue is a small charity and I wear many different hats but my main responsibilities are fundraising, PR, and human resources, as well as supporting in the day to day running of the charity.
“I started my career in animal welfare in 2010, volunteering at local rescue centres doing dog walking and promoting animals available for adoption on social media. My passion grew and grew, and once I found Rain Rescue I knew I didn’t want to do anything else. After being with the charity for a number of months I took on a full time role (and then some) helping the charity in any way I could.
“When I heard about Cat Smart, I knew right away that both Rain Rescue and myself wanted to be involved. I support the scheme in two ways, through my role at Rain Rescue – lending our support to the scheme complements our own work perfectly – and also as a volunteer updating the Facebook page to raise awareness of the scheme and introduce potential users to Cat Smart.
“It’s inspiring to see the wonderful reactions to the Cat Smart scheme – how many people are getting on board with getting their cats neutered and how it’s reaching into the local communities where responsible pet ownership education is so desperately needed. I am very proud to be a part of it.”
For more information, contact Carrie by email on: firstname.lastname@example.org or via Facebook: Facebook.com/catsmartsheffield
Notes to editors:
*For a stagnant domestic cat population a neutering rate of 92 per cent needs to be achieved
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