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  1. Have you thought of helping out at a CP shop if one local, transporting cats to and from vets for local CP, being a cat cuddler if homing or adoption centre anywhere near, I would contact all local organisations and pose them the same question as you have here. Education officers are sought by lots of branches too so you may enjoy that sharing knowledge of cat care etc with lots of materials available to you, CP even have a learn online portal for volunteers to gain lots of extra knowledge and skills.
    Of course there is lots of ways to volunteer from home but as you say you want to get out and meet like minded people I haven’t covered them πŸ™‚

      • lots of admin roles can be done from home, phone calls, databases, computer and website stuff, social networking, newsletters, depends on the branch really but always worth asking one of our admin volunteers recently moved to Huddersfield but still volunteers for us πŸ™‚

          • Rose can they knit? Babz has a few older ladies who come to our charity Coffee Mornings, knit small blankets for cat beds and they are always much appreciated especially with Winter coming.
            One old lady knits tiny squares and Babz stitches them together for her, a labour of love lol but it’s so worth it because it makes those ladies feel useful and their faces light up when we praise their help.
            Of course there’s the problem of where to get the wool but most charity shops have it cheap.

            • What a fabulous idea thanks just right for the old dears who can’t get around much lol now I will have to go in search of lots of wool no doubt lol.

    • Thanks a lot Marion. Very helpful comment and it has got me thinking. Ideally I would to work with like-minded people. I would like to be with people and to meet people. I think it is good for one to do that.

      • You’d be good on a fund raising stall for Cats Protection Michael, nearly everyone coming to the stall ‘talks cat’ just like we cat people do in the pet food aisle at the supermarkets.
        It’s great fun, we love our tombola stall days.

  2. It seems that there is so much less of a need to rescue where you are, so hands on opportunities are slim.

    Michael, you have such a big heart and are so knowledgeable about cats that I can see you writing a book and/or doing public speaking about cat care.

    How to make that happen? I’m no expert at that; but, it seems to me that writing a book (even a small one) would offer the opportunity to draw “cat people” to book signings at book stores where you can give mini lectures and answer questions. You may “take off” from there.

    And, ofcourse, Ruth AKA will have to do the book illustrations.

    Whew! Now that I have planned your future life (and Ruth AKA’s), I guess I need to get back to my own. LOL!

    • πŸ™‚ thanks a lot for that comment, Dee. That is too nice of you. I’ll think about it. I quite like the idea of doing something with schools.

      As for hands on cat help in the UK, there is not a huge amount opportunity. The opportunities I mentioned are probably the obvious choices. You’ll have to be in the right location.

      • Schools are a good idea; but, how easy would it be to get in there? A science class may be feasible.

        I’m, also, thinking about eldercare, ie. assisted living and nursing home facilities. There are lots of visitors and I don’t think it would be hard to be one of their “programs”. How would Charlie feel about being around people?

        Just thinking…

        • I remember Martha Kane in Malta doing an educational session in a local school, a good school, about animal care etc. The children loved it. That is the kind of thing that appeals to me. The objective: to improve cat caretaking. Charlie is impressive with his three legs but too nervous and a bad traveller.

          I would actually love to do a tour of America! πŸ˜‰ Preaching why declawing was bad and how to respect cats. Dream on….

          • They could do with a Michael Broad over there in the USA, a cat loving passionate anti declaw advocate!
            I wonder if we could clone you, because you can’t go yourself and leave Charlie bereft πŸ˜‰

          • I need to answer this question for myself here in Switzerland. It’s quite possible that in some years down the line I’ll move somewhere else that I can help. The more time goes by the more it’s clear to me that this matters most and should be what I am doing with my time.

            • Both you and Michael are a wonderful help to cats because of your kind donations to cat charities but you would get great satisfaction at the actual physical part of it. I loved it when I was younger. Babz and I can’t do as much now she has joint pain and I’m getting too old, for us to climb on rooftops and down wells or stand all day with a collecting tin. But we can fund raise and collect cat food etc and we can do a lot on-line educating about cat welfare.
              Everyone helping in any way at all is very valuable, we all just have to do what we can.

              • Thanks Ruth – you are very kind. I’d like to be more hands on though. I feel like I can make just about any cat feel comfortable and I’d love to work with cats just helping clean the litter boxes and giving them food and above all, playing with them. I think I’d be really put to use then.

                • Yes, it would actually make running PoC easier because I’d have all the cats to write about. The ups and downs. The highs and lows. I have had that idea in my mind for years. Perhaps in a few years time. I am still in London, where prices are too high to do that.

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