Different ways to help Feline Network - and volunteers always needed
- Credit: Feline Network
I am going to take this opportunity to sing the praises of our volunteers and explain what they do within the different aspects of Feline Network.
We first set up the rescue in 2009 with just two volunteers, two kittens and £10.
From the beginning, we tried to help as many older and FIV+ cats as we could, that is still our ethos today.
Fosterers are families or individuals who take in the cats we rescue, care for them, feed them, ensure they see the vet for treatment, neuter, vaccinations etc, and ready them for new homes. Some fosterers have children, some dogs, others have no animals at all – we like to have a good mix.
Fundraising and shop volunteers
We have a large charity shop in the centre of Paignton, run by volunteers of all ages. It is a friendly team, again from all walks of life!
- 1 Main frame of new Torquay hotel will rise out of the ground this month
- 2 Tributes to our Mike - a true Torquinian and family man
- 3 Torquay company gets Twitter boost from Theo Paphitis
- 4 Gulls inconsolable after defeat
- 5 'Passionate and privileged' - that's Hospice at Home team member Donna
- 6 Hartlepool United 1 Torquay United 1 (Hartlepool win 5-4 on penalties after extra-time)
- 7 Typical mistakes you should avoid when selling your home
- 8 Local rescues are your first port of call for kittens
- 9 The Brit Awards and gender: A shift in attitude or just for show?
- 10 Trio get their running shoes on for Bay half marathon fund-raiser
We are well supported by the community and are kept busy with lots of donations.
We often hold outdoor events or supermarket collections, which can be quite fun.
Later this year we have an intrepid lady doing a sky dive for us!
Our outreach team respond to calls for help from the public, whether it is a stray, abandoned cat needing help, or even just scanning for a microchip to locate an owner.
If the stray is not injured or in danger, we would paper collar them.
Often it is an un-neutered tom who needs care. We work closely with a rescue by the name of Hector’s House to help as many of these cats as possible.
Usually they were once someone’s kitten, who wandered off and got lost, due to being un-neutered.
We are keen to welcome new volunteers, currently we are looking for social media help plus more shop volunteers.
As well as being rewarding, volunteering can often lead to employment, and secures you a reference. It is also, a great opportunity to meet people and build up your social life!
If you are interested in volunteering, please either email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01803 392550.