A working day at the centre

__EducationEver wondered what it is like to work at Cats Protection?

Here is what happens on a typical working day at IOW Adoption Centre:




An early start for the team of staff and volunteers, just like everyday. 365 days a year we begin with feeding and cleaning of all the pens. It is also time to give any medication to the cats needing it, Tallulah’s pill must be crushed and disguised in her food, as she hates tablets!


We are now ready for visitors as we open to the public. The phone starts ringing and staff and volunteers will be under pressure to take in cats (do we have room?) and answer numerous phone calls.  f there are any home visits to be done this is the time, and one of the staff will go out in the van to do them.


Volunteers now have time to spend with some shy/nervous cats. We have a great socialisation team who have been trained to understand the cats needs and their commitment to the cats well-being hopefully helps the cats find homes more quickly. It’s also time for a quick cup of tea!


Now it’s time for Tucker to have his paws washed. Tucker's paws were so raw when he arrived at the centre he had to have them bandaged.Now with regular bathing and medication they are healing well. 


Time to check if the cats flea and worming are all up to date! Only a few to be done, but lots of paperwork to fill out afterwards, such as vet records and stock sheets! Website info is updated and facebook posts added.


A stray cat is brought in - a longhaired cat in poor condition. Her coat is so matted that combing through the knots is painful. Shaving the worst areas is the kindest treatment, and a good grooming routine from now on will help stop any more knots.


It is now lunchtime for any kittens, pregnant cat,elderly and sick cats . These cats need to graze on food, little and often is recommended for these cats. If its not too busy the staff can grab their lunch too. Our on-site charity shop is buzzing with people grabbing themselves a bargain and our hard working volunteers who keep the shop clean and stocked sort through the donated items.


We welcome some visitors into our reception and then they are shown round the cattery. They especially like two cats - which one will they choose? It's the tabby one chosen. We book in their home visit for the following morning.


A cat arrives, her previous owner has sadly gone into care and there was no one to look after her. After a quick health check by the staff, she is de-flea and wormed, and taken down to admissions to settle into her new house. She is a sweet girl and we are sure she wont be here for very long.


This is the time of day where a lot of brain work takes place to raise the profile of the centre, thinking of fundraising ideas, making posters, promoting long stay cats. We could be planing our Easter Egg Hunt,or making costumes for carnivals. 


Some more visitors are shown around the cattery and a suitable cat is discussed – they spend some time with the cat in the meet & greet room and fall in love, another cat is reserved :-) Afternoon volunteers come in to spend quality time with the cats.


It is time to change the litter trays and sort out the washing plus have another tidy round and spend some time with the cats. 


More visitors arrive with donations of food. That will be a nice treat for their tea tonight! We put it on the feeding trolley ready for later, and Trigger who is in the pen opposite the kitchen see’s it and thinks its dinner time already! Sorry Trigger, a little while to go yet!


Reception receives an emergency call - A Road Traffic Accident – so one of the staff rush out to collect the cat and dash to vets. The cat is in bad way and we hope it pulls through. 


It's teatime!! The cats start to meow in excitement. the greedy ones eat their meal quickly and then point to their empty bowls pretending they haven't had any. Sorry boys better let that go down!


Time to gather up any empty bowls for washing up, it doesn’t take them long to finish their food! After all the washing up is done we clean the kitchens, and then go and top up the water bowls in the pens. It is also time for the afternoons medication to be done, as most courses of tablets must be done twice a day. The staff go and check the litter trays again and make sure the cattery is tidy, and any washing is put away. With so many cats there are lots of blankets to be washed! Any odd jobs are finished off. A last walk round to make sure all the cats are ok, and check on the new cat in. She’s still a bit quiet, but eats her dinner with a bit of persuasion.


The cats settle down for the evening and the staff go home. Ready to start again in the morning!
The answer-phone is put on to take any out of hours calls but for the on-site manager the job is never-ending.
The cats have a last check and fuss over before bedtime and any emergency calls taken in the evening are returned.
Our jobs are a vocation and you must be dedicated to the cats. Each day is a challenge and its knowing you’re making a difference that makes the job worthwhile.