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...

Help cats...
Be inspired by these volunteers who take action to help cats...miaow, miaow!!

One of the questions people often have when they think about volunteering is what sort of a difference they can make in a big organisation at a local level. Will their efforts have a real effect and how can their contribution help animals?

Volunteers for the UK's national cat charity, Cats Protection have shown that you can really make a difference to animals in your area.
Cyril and Marion Phelps celebrated 50 glorious years as volunteers for Cats Protection quite recently.  They joined the Great Amwell and District Branch in 1956 and 1957 respectively and have made a difference to hundreds of unwanted cats, many of whom had been abandoned. 

In the 50 years they have been volunteering, they have raised a family and held down full time jobs.

Marion Phelps explained that when they first began, they were the only Cats Protection branch in their area and none of the volunteers had a car - nobody could afford it.  "We travelled great distances via public transport to collect cats and find them new and loving homes," Marion recalls.

  Cats Protection Volunteers

In its Annual Review 2008, Cats Protection reports that 74% of its work is carried out by volunteers.  In 2008, the charity re-homed over 55,000 cats & neutered over 150,000.   It really needs volunteers to help carry out this work.  The charity has a network of 29 adoption centres and 260 voluntary run branches, as well as charity shops dotted about the country.  This means that there are always plenty of things to do, whether it is fund-raising (always an opportunity to talk about the work of the charity and raise awareness of its existence), administration, organising local events or home checking.

Cats Protection volunteer Jane 

Jane Smith is 27 and began volunteering for Cats Protection in 2005. 

"I joined the charity after being inspired by the Year of the Volunteer Campaign," she says, "and I've filled a variety of roles, including fostering and home checking before becoming the Branch's Publicity Officer. 

"It's great to do such interesting work and to be part of a worthwhile cause."

This site's editor Sallyvolunteered for some time at Cats Protection at one of the adoption centres. "Commuting and working in London took up a large part of my life & energy, but there was always time at the weekend for a few hours' mucking out, grooming & cuddling cats," she says. "It was very therapeutic for me - and I always came away knowing the cats really did appreciate what we did for them. And it was always good to hear that cats had found homes"
Find out more about volunteering for Cats Protection. Go on - lend a paw!
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.