THIS Volunteers Week (June 1-7) I would like to thank our fantastic volunteers who give so much of their time, skill and dedication for the benefit of cats in our care.

At Cats Protection we were grateful to involve more than 11,200 volunteers during 2018.

Volunteers are truly the foundation and life-blood of the charity.

Whether volunteering in our shops or populating our social media channels; researching advocacy campaigns or fostering kittens, they ensure that every day we move closer to our vision of a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.

Without them, we would not have been able to help rehome or reunite 44,000 cats and neuter around 143,000. Nor would we have delivered 1,693 education talks to 52,343 people.

They are vital to every aspect of everything we achieve.

I would also like to thank players of People’s Postcode Lottery, who are supporting volunteering across England, Scotland and Wales.

Their support for our Volunteer Team Leaders means we can share best practice through our adoption centres and out to our network of volunteer branches and shops.

We re sharing a new animation for Volunteers’ Week on our social media channels about the many volunteering roles available with us and would love to hear from cat lovers who would like to help cats locally.

They can visit to find out more.

Julie Meredith

Head of Volunteering Development

Cats Protection,