About the role
We are looking for committed and passionate animal attendants for our non profit rehabilitation centre for stray/feral cats in Avalon, Victoria.
Our aim is to rescue, humanely rehabilitate and rehome cats and kittens who would otherwise be ignored, hit by cars, baited, euthanised, or die alone of illness and hunger. We also provide support to local cat owners who require assistance to desex and provide a safe home for their cat, and actively work with the community, vet clinics and other industry professionals to educate about, and decrease the stray cat problem
Animal Attendants for our stray cat rehab centre, ‘The Cat Cottage’.
– Own transport and licence.
– Ability to commit to completing one shift per week or fortnight, without fail. Note: we find volunteers are more able to commit to regular shifts if they live a half hour or less drive from Avalon.
– Ability to be contacted via facebook messenger where our volunteer team connect.
– Self motivated and ability to work without supervision
– High level of cleanliness, hygiene, and an interest in enrichment and disease control of animals.
– Patience and compassion towards animals undergoing fear based rehabilitation. You must be ‘pro’ rescue and rehab of stray cats or you will not understand our work. A background in animal rescue or past experience in a shelter or cattery is preferred.
– Age 18+ unless a parent & teen duo however both must be committed to the role.
Shift Days / Times / Lengths:
– Our Cat Cottage is attended to 7 days a week and all days are available to volunteer, however you must be available to do the same day each week (or fortnight) on a regular basis. Reliability in our small team is of utmost importance, and consistency is vital for the cats’ rehab.
– A general shift lasts around 3 hours and includes cleaning, feeding, laundry, sweeping, and tidying. We encourage volunteers to allow extra time to build relationships with the cats, take photos and videos, and enjoy creating enrichment such as re-organising shelter pen furniture.
The cats in our Cat Cottage have been humanely trapped after being identified as un-owned. We do not take in domesticated cats, this is not our role or purpose. We have extensive processes to ensure cats trapped are true strays and need our help, as opposed to neighborhood cats that have been found wandering or reported as nuisance cats. Hence we take in full stray cat colonies (family groups), pregnant or nursing mothers, injured and sick strays, and street born/street abandoned adult males who are sometimes at varied stages of health decline.
Many of our cats are un-handleable to begin with and remain that way for some time, so although some are now friendly and able to be patted or held by volunteers, many are not able to be touched and will not respond to attempts to play or interact with humans.
Rehabilitation for the most part, is done simply through consistent, safe exposure to humans through our volunteers being in the same space as the cats while they clean and go about cottage shift duties. We enter the pens daily with positive offerings of food, clean water and hygiene maintenance and over time this starts to build trust in the cats. Once their fear begins to lessen the real work can begin. The most rewarding part of what we do is the transformations we see; watching a terrified animal blossom into a happy and relaxed little character is truly amazing. If you’re interested in animal psychology or behaviour this role is for you!
About the organisation
How to apply
Applications not allowed for this volunteering opportunity.
Please quote in application: ANIMAL ATTENDANTS - STRAY CAT REHAB CENTRE via Pro Bono Australia.