Volunteers

Help support the waifs and strays

Join our Community Cat Crew!

Without a fantastic group of volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to help so many of the cats that desperately need our help.

Volunteering – How you can help!

Help Us Do TNR

If you have the patience of a saint, fancy yourself as a bit of a Cat Detective and can think outside the box, then you may enjoy being a Trapper. As an added bonus, you get to help save cats and kittens! We’ll train you to make a real difference in the lives of the cats in your Community.

Colony Management

You will help to manage Colonies, feeding, trapping and transporting cats to the vets for neutering, making Winter Shelters and more….

Start your own Community Cat Neighbourhood Watch

Help homeless cats in your neighbourhood.

Education

Help Educate your Community about TNR and its benefits – which will help both the cats and the Community.

Promote neutering by building relationships with farmers, land owners and local businesses.

Print out some posters and leaflets and distribute them for us.

Fundraising

Help raise money for the different programs.

Find people willing to donate materials to build outdoor pens for the Foster Homes

Find businesses willing to sponsor one of our programs, have a Donation Box or a Food Collection Bin.

Help with Special Events

Fundraising Events

Fundraising events are an important part of raising the funds necessary to help the cats.

If you are interested in helping with any events, please contact sam@shropshirecatnetwork.co.uk.

If you have any ideas about how to help us fundraise, we would love to hear them.

Building Winter Shelter Workshops

Help to gather supplies and then have a fun time showing people how to build the Winter Shelters for the Colony and Community Cats.

DONATE

We are supported almost entirely by public donations. Please click here to Donate.

WISH LIST

In order to maintain our TNR program we need equipment and supplies. Please consider making a donation or helping with items from our Wish List. Thank you for your support!

  • Materials to build Foster Pens
  • Materials for Winter Shelters
  • Dog Crates – Large and Medium
  • Cat Carriers
  • Blankets, sheets and towels
  • Puppy Training Pads
  • Wet and Dry Cat Food
  • Litter
  • Litter Trays
  • Bowls
  • Cat Beds and Bedding
  • Scratching Posts
  • Toys

If you have any of these items to donate, please send an email to sam@gyrncats.co.uk and we’ll make arrangements to receive them or pick them up.

Tell everyone you know about us

Do you know other cat lovers who might be interested in the work we do to help the unowned cats in the Community?

Even people who don’t like cats and love wildlife can get involved because TNR is a great way of helping to keep the cat numbers down.

Print out some posters and leaflets and distribute them for us.

PROVIDE A FOSTER HOME

The more foster homes we have, the more cats we can take off the streets.

You will provide adoptable cats and kittens with a safe and secure environment in which to thrive, prior to being put up for adoption. The length of time you foster can be anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the age, health and temperament of the cat or kitten.

There are different categories of cats and kittens that will need Foster Care.

  • Orphan Kittens (Bottle Babies) – they require a lot of time, commitment and a good alarm clock for those night feeds!
  • Kittens eating on their own – they will need to be fed on a regular schedule and also need a lot of attention.
  • Hissy Spitty Kittens – they need time and patience and depending on the age of the kittens, may require a regular feeding schedule.
  • Mum with kittens – Mum basically does all the hard work and you look after Mum. It is better for Mum cat to be able to rear her kittens in a home environment. This way the kittens will receive more handling and will get used to living in a home. More importantly, kittens have very weak immune systems so being raised in a home puts them at less of a risk of catching something.
  • Sick or Injured Cats or Kittens – a lot depends on the age of the cat, it’s temperament and the type of illness or injury. You may have to administer medications and attend vet visits.
  • Retired Street Fighters – they may be a bit wary to begin with and in need of lots of TLC. They may be very messy and spray. Probably best in an outdoor enclosure – to begin with anyway!
  • Shy or Nervous Cats – they need gentle, respectful handling. A good knowledge of feline behaviour is required as well as time and patience.

If you are interested in becoming a Foster Parent fill in the form below and we will contact you.

Each Foster Parent will be set up with the type of cat or kitten that most fits their level of experience and available time. For example, a Foster Parent who works full time would not be best suited to look after kittens who will need feeding throughout the day or a cat who needs lots of attention.

Fostering Notes:

All existing cats in the Foster Homes must be neutered and vaccinated.

We don’t advise mixing your cats with Foster Cats. It’s best to keep your Foster Cat in just one room, equipped with everything the cat needs – bedding, toys, litter tray, bowls and a scratching post. This will be less disruptive to your own cat, who may at first be a little anxious by the scent of another cat nearby but once your cat realises that the new cat poses no threat then he/she will be fine.

All Foster Cats must be kept indoors. They will only be with you a short time so it is not practical or worth the risk of escape or injury to let them outside. Extreme care must be taken to keep all windows and doors closed.

If you don’t have cats or dogs of your own, you can be more flexible about where to keep your Foster Cat. To begin with however, until the cat settles and gets to know you, it is advisable to keep the cat confined in one room – it will be less scary for the cat!

Keep the Foster Cat’s room free of anything that can get damaged or broken. The cat may be frightened and try and find somewhere up high to hide or if you have kittens, they will be into everything.

Some form of transport is advisable, in case a trip to the vets is needed.

We would like you to regularly provide photos, videos and updates about your Foster cat via email.

What support will a Foster Parent receive?

We will provide all the supplies needed for your Foster Cat, including flea and worming treatments, food and litter. If you are able to supply some of these items yourself, then that would be wonderful, as it means we will be able to equip more Foster Homes.

We will always be available for advice and support – you will not be left to go it alone!

We will cover the cost of any veterinary treatment that may be needed by your Foster Cat but we need to be kept informed at all times and would prefer you to take the cat to one of our collaborating vets where we have an account.

The more Foster Homes we have, the more cats we can help!

Volunteer Application Forms

At the moment we will be working in the North Shropshire / Wrexham area – if we have enough support and volunteers then we maybe able to expand further afield.

TNR Assistance Form

We appreciate your time and willingness to volunteer to help cats in need.
For TNR, we are looking for those interested in helping with trapping Community Cats, taking them to their appointments, and returning them after to their neighbourhood. If you have other skills you're interested in sharing, please list that in the "Other" section when asked.

Please fill out this form.





Do you have any pets?

What other organizations have you volunteered for and what did you do there, what aspects did you like best?

What areas of volunteering interest you?
- Transport- TNR (Trap Neuter Release)- Fundraising- Education- Admin- Other

Which of the following do you have?
- Reliable Vehicle- Valid Driver's License- Current Insurance

Are you willing to do volunteer training?
- Yes- No

Thank you for taking time to apply! We will be in touch shortly.

Foster Parent Application Form

If you are interested in joining the Volunteer Fostering Network, please get in touch by completing the form below.
You must live in the North Shropshire / Wrexham area and you need transport. If you would like to be considered as a Foster Parent, please let us know by completing the form below. All fostering volunteers must be aged 18 or over.








Situation & Experience

Please give a brief description of your situation and experience (e.g. one spare room you are prepared to set aside, why you are interested in fostering), any experience you have with cats and whether or not you have your own car. Do you have room in your garden / garage to set up a pen?