Cats Protection’s Caithness branch needs to recruit a team of Trap-Neuter-Return Volunteers to oversee its vital work in controlling feral colonies of cats on Mainland Orkney and, hopefully, the outlying islands too. The Caithness Branch also covers Orkney.
The branch, which is run entirely by volunteers, needs people who can spare a few hours a month to help prevent colonies of feral cats breeding out of control.
As feral cats are not domesticated, it is not possible to tame them so the charity runs a Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) programme to humanely capture them before transporting them to a vet to be neutered and finally releasing them back to their home territory.
Deirdre Campbell, branch coordinator explained:
“The branch does a huge amount of work to help local cats in Caithness but now we really need people to form a Trap-Neuter-Return team on Orkney and oversee this vital part of our operations.
“It’s a unique role, so we do not expect new volunteers to have experience in this area, and we can provide all required equipment, assistance and training. However, we do need people who love cats, enjoy being outdoors and have bags of enthusiasm.
“By sparing just a few hours a month it can make a huge difference to the quality of life for ferals. We are sure whoever takes on the role will find it incredibly rewarding. It’s also a great way to make new friends – both human and feline!”
According to the charity, neutering is vital as cats are prolific breeders and left unchecked a feral colony can rapidly grow out of control. As one unneutered female cat could potentially produce up to 18 kittens a year, owners who do not neuter their cats may unwittingly be contributing to more cats being abandoned in the future and joining such colonies.
Cats Protection is the UK’s leading cat charity and the Caithness branch is part of a nationwide network of around 230 volunteer-run branches and 37 centres that together help around 200,000 cats each year.
As well as its work with ferals and finding new homes for unwanted and abandoned cats, the charity also offers cat care advice to the public and can help towards the cost of neutering domestic cats.
If you are interested in becoming a TNR volunteer for Cats Protection’s Caithness branch in Orkney, then please