Cat Volunteer Application

When you volunteer with Cats at Crosskennan you will be caring for the cats in the sanctuary and making their stay with us as happy, healthy, and as stress-free as possible. 


The cats and staff greatly appreciate the time that volunteers give to help out. It is only with your assistance that we can keep things running smoothly and care for as many cats as possible.


Nearly all our rescue cats typically have experienced some degree of trauma prior to arrival. Simply moving is stressful for cats, but many of our charges are also missing people they loved, have come to us neglected, or even as victims of cruelty. For this reason, volunteers need to follow strict procedures and protocols (as staff do) which requires an investment on our part in training and supervision. 


Volunteering with cats therefore requires a commitment of at least one three-hour shift per fortnight for a minimum period of six months. If realistically you are unable to make this commitment, it is better to reconsider volunteering until your schedule permits. Volunteer shifts are available seven days a week: morning shifts are from 10am to 1pm; afternoon shifts are from 1pm to 4pm. You can double-up shifts and volunteers are welcome to discuss extra shifts and time once they are trained.


As we have a fairly small site, we can only roster on a certain number of volunteers per shift and as volunteering with cats is popular, we may have a waiting list for vacancies. We try and acknowledge every application but may not be able to consider it for several months, depending on availability of shifts in the roster.

For legal reasons, all volunteers will be asked to complete a contact details form including names and numbers of people to contact in an emergency. These records are kept securely in accordance with our privacy policy. 


Cat volunteers assist with ensuring the health and wellbeing of cats and kittens in our care.

Duties include: 

  • Cleaning and disinfecting litter trays, bowls, carriers 

  • Laundry 

  • Socialisation (playing with, patting) and grooming of cats and kittens 

  • As requested, assisting Crosskennan staff with other aspects of cat care, appropriate to the volunteer’s skills and experience.  


We ask that volunteers perform cleaning duties before socialising with the cats and kittens. 

At no time are volunteers to give advice to the public on our behalf or to answer telephones or provide cat care other than as directed. Incorrect practices or advice could cause problems for cats, their owners, and legal problems for Crosskennan. 


Volunteering is a serious and important occupation, but it is also a very rewarding way to spend your time. Committed, regular volunteers are a wonderful help to us and a great comfort to the cats who stay here while waiting for their new homes and those who live here permanently. If, after reading this, you feel that you have the time and commitment to volunteer then please complete the form below. If you have any questions, please email

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Cat Care Volunteer Application

Areas marked with an * are required and the form will not submit without.

Please fill in all areas to the best of your ability.

How did you hear about volunteering for Crosskennan? (Please tick)
Would you prefer shifts...
Shift Availability

Volunteering Shifts

Timings can vary slightly due to emergencies, and staff availability - in general AM shifts are from 10am till 1pm and PM shifts are from 1pm till 4pm


Please note due to staff shortages at the weekend we cannot always carry out training at the weekend - so availability on a weekday is preferred until training is complete.

Please check as many as applicable. Once trained up you may switch your shift to an alternative.

What area/s of volunteering are you interested in? (Please tick)

Equal opportunities
Crosskennan welcomes volunteer applicants who bring a varied range of skills and abilities to the charity. We aim to create a positive environment that enables all volunteers to realise their full potential.
For those with restrictions or health conditions that will affect your ability to perform the role; where reasonably possible, we may be able to amend the scope of duties

Declaring any Criminal Convictions

Crosskennan is committed to fairness in the recruitment and treatment of volunteers with convictions for criminal offences and believes that most individuals can make a positive difference to cats. However, due to the nature of our vision, values, aims and volunteering environment we do exclude from all volunteer roles those with a conviction for animal cruelty.

Information about criminal convictions is requested to assist the selection process and will be taken into account only when the conviction is considered relevant to the role. Having a conviction will not necessarily stop you from volunteering, but will need to be taken into consideration when assessing your suitability.

Do you have any unspent convictions, as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 or Rehabilitation of Offenders (Northern Ireland) 1978?

Emergency Contact

Do you have any allergies
Do you have a current tetanus vaccination?

Information about Visas We recommend you contact the UK Borders & Immigration Agency if you have any queries regarding your suitability to volunteer in the UK.
Volunteering and benefits We recommend you contact your local Social Security Agency if you have any queries regarding volunteering and claiming benefits.


  • All details will be kept strictly confidential 

  • Please contact our Administration and Volunteer Coordinator