Cat charity on the prowl for new volunteers

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A local cat welfare charity is hoping to attract more volunteers by holding a recruitment event in July.

Cats Protection’s Shetland branch is on the lookout for people who can help with a variety of roles, including co-ordinator, treasurer, fund-raisers and fosterers and has organised the drop-in event at the Islesburgh Complex, King Harald Street, Lerwick on 1st July between 4pm and 6pm.

Regional manager Lona Johnson said: “I’d like to encourage any local people who love cats and would like to help the charity to visit us on 1st July as it’s a great opportunity find out more about helping cats in the area.

“Volunteering for Cats Protection is a rewarding experience because it gives you the opportunity to be part of a truly worthwhile cause.

“We gain a lot of satisfaction from giving unwanted cats a second chance in life, as well as working with like-minded people, so if this sounds of interest then please come along and see us.”

The Shetland branch is part of Cats Protection’s national network of 260 volunteer-run branches and 30 centres that look after around 6,200 cats at any one time – including 21 cats and kittens currently being looked after locally.

Ms Johnson added: “Although the branch works hard to find new homes for these cats, the task is very challenging because for every cat that finds a home, there are many more waiting to come in, hence the need for more volunteers to help them continue their vital cat welfare work.

“If you would like further information about the event, or would like to volunteer to help the Shetland Branch but cannot attend on 1st July then please call Branch Support Unit on 080800 191919 or email

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