How far will your volunteering reach?

Where do you want your volunteering to have an impact?  At home? In your area? Nationally? Overseas?  Here are a few ideas...

UK Politics

Thursday 8th June 2017 was the UK General Election.  So what do animal charities have to say?

Sign the petition started on asking for Gove to be removed as Minister for the Environment - will tell you why.

List of Animal Charities
Koalas need your help

Koalas are being left homeless, thanks to excessive tree clearing. 

Click here to find out how you can help

SUCCESS: Elephant Corridor Appeal

Give elephants a wildlife corridor in India

The World Land Trust has reached its target to help Indian elephants.  Find out more here

Organic Beauty Gifts

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Help Butterfly Conservation with organic beauty gifts from Green People. Find out more here

Wildlife News

Please help animals in disasters.  World Animal Protection (previously the WSPA) help animals around the world in times of disaster e.g. flooding, earthquakes etc.  Click here for more info

Planning for disasters for your pets, livestock & zoos.  More...

Cat Care in Hot Weather

National cat charity Cats Protection is urging cat owners to look after their cats and protect them from the sun.   Soaring temperatures are putting cats at risk of developing sunburn and skin cancer.   

The charity's Education Veterinary Officer, Sandra Milburn, notes that Cats Protection often has cats coming with early or advanced stages of skin cancer caused by sun exosure.  Some cats need fairly drastic surgery to repair sun damaged skin - in some cases, they need to have their ears amputated to stop the cancer spreading. 

Cats, of course, love warmth.   Our cat Trouble used to love lounging in the airing cupboard in winter.  And many enjoy lazing about in the sun.  The problem is that too much sun can be dangerous for cats, just as it can be for people.

“White cats, or those with unpigmented white noses or ears, are at the greatest risk," Sandra Milburn says.  "It may take a few years before the damage is visible but, once the early stages of cancer set in, it is important cats are given urgent veterinary treatment to prevent it spreading.  So keep an eye on your pets

It's a good idea to keep your cat out of the sun in hot weather...
We always tried to keep Trouble out of the sun

Trouble says, "I'll do what I like, thank you."

3 ways to protect your cat from the sun...

  1. Keep your cat indoors during the hottest part of day, especially in summer months

    We always tried to keep Trouble out of the sun,
    Though this was easier said, than done... 

  2. Provide lots of shady areas in the garden where you cat can doze - a large shrub for instance, or a small pop up tent

  3. You can use sunblocks which have been made especially for animals, some of which are lick-proof.   These absolutely must be suitable for cats - they can be more sensitive than other animals ot the chemicals included, so always check with your vet before using anything intended for people on your cat.
Cats Protection have lots of info on cat care - click here to pounce on it on their website

"There are also sunblocks available that have been manufactured specifically for use on animals, some of which have been designed to be lick-proof. Your vet should be able to recommend one or source one for your cat. It is very important that it is suitable for cats, as they can be more sensitive than some other animals to the chemicals included. Please check with your vet before using anything intended for humans on your cat."

Cats Protection is the UK’s largest cat charity, with over 250 volunteer-run branches and 32 centres helping around 500 cats a day, or 200,000 a year.  Find out more about getting involved here.  

Cats Protection have lots of info on cat care - click here to pounce on it on their website

For yourself and your own sun care (not your pets'), check out Green People who have a range of organic sun care products. Green People work in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society to highlight the growing impact sun screens have on marine life and help people make informed choices - find out more here


Give wildlife a pond

Wildlife need water as well.  Give the wildlife in your garden a pond - it doesn't have to be a big one!  More info

Dogs DIE in hot cars

Would you know what to do if you saw a dog in a car on a hot day? Find out more here

Give the gift of water

Give working animals the gift of water - here's how you can do it. 

Cat Care in Hot Weather

Cats Protection have advice for cat owners and carers in hot weather.  Click here to pounce on it!

Art World Conservation

Art World Conservation are having an amazing charity event in August to raise awareness about wildlife, conservation and climate change. More Info

Ways to help
Avoid plastic

Plastic and litter can really damage wildlife and the world around us.  Find out more here

Insure your pet & help animals

Animal Friends have policies for pets & horses. A good whack of any profits they make goes to help registered animal charities around the world. Like them on Facebook, & they will give £1 for every "Like" they get to animal charities. Get a quote from Animal Friends.