Cats Protection Brighton & District was set up less than a year ago and is run by a group of cat-mad volunteers.
We thought you might like to know who these volunteers are, so we’re running a series of profiles about each and every one of them. Here’s our third profile…
What is your volunteering role, and the best thing about it?
I am the Rehoming Manager which basically means that I carry out home visits to ascertain people’s suitability to adopt a cat, match the right cat with the right owner, then carry out the adoption process so that the cat goes to his or her forever home. I have also become involved with helping the fosterers now that we actually have three, and they all currently have cats so I like to go and visit! I have carried out many home visits for other branches, but the best thing was when I rehomed Brighton’s first foster cat, Luna (aka Britney). She went to an amazing home and I still get texts from her new owners, like the one I got yesterday that said “thank you for her little furry face”! I’ve also made some really great friends in the other branch volunteers.
What is your job outside Cats Protection?
I work for the Home Office in central London – the job is ok and the people are great but the commuting can be a pain, especially as the trains are constantly being delayed.
Do you have any cats?
Yes, two – both from Cats Protection – Orinoco, 13 and Tatiana, almost two. I have had Orinoco since he was one, and I got Tatiana in July last year when I went to the NCAC for training as part of my volunteering role – I didn’t intend to get another cat but I couldn’t resist – she chose me!
The moment you knew you were a cat person…
The moment I was born! Both of my parents were cat mad and I inherited their passion from the word go. I always had cats growing up and, as an only child, they were part of the family to me. I could not live without cats, they are everything to me.
What would you do if you were a cat for an hour?
I would eat some sardines then stretch out in the sun, purring.
Two interesting non-cat related facts about yourself?
I have given up smoking for one year and I am a Piscean.
Another volunteer profile will be up next week! Find out more about Cats Protection Brighton & District and how you can help us.