Call for ‘cat cuddlers and rabbit socialisers’ to help out at RSPCA Manchester and Salford


Spending time cuddling and hanging out with cats as well as bunnies could be your new hobby thanks to a new opportunity available at an RSPCA branch.

A number of volunteer roles have become available this new year at RSPCA Manchester and Salford, which they advertise for only once in a while.

The centre, which is relatively new having opened in July 2019, is a local branch of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, however they are a separately registered charity.

That means they have to raise all their own funds to operate.

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It also means visitors are a necessity to help out with cleaning, as well as spending time with the rescued animals so that once they get adopted, they’ll be more familiar with human company.

The roles would suit animal-lovers with a bit of free time on their hands who are looking to do a good deed.

And there is also availability to volunteer at weekends, suiting those with full-time jobs.

“Join our wonderful team of volunteers at our small animal centre in Salford,” the advert states.

Finn is just one of the rabbits in their care – he has been at the branch for more than 280 days

“We are looking for folks who can commit to a weekly slot (a couple of roles are available fortnightly) for at least the next three months.

“This is because a lot of time is taken training volunteers and so temporary placements are not manageable for us.”

They added: “Volunteers should be over 18 (for insurance reasons) and if you have any cats/dogs/rabbits or ferrets in your home, they would need to be up to date with their vaccinations for everyone’s safety.”

The branch is a one-minute walk from Weaste Metrolink stop, the 53 bus stops nearby, and there is also a free car park.

In 2021, the team had 624 animals admitted into their care and saw 503 animals rehomed – 259 cats, 117 rabbits, 127 smalls.

Available roles:

Cattery cleaning

8.30/9.00am start

Tuesday – fortnightly

Wednesday – weekly or fortnightly

Sunday – weekly or fortnightly

Cat socialising

Anytime from 1pm up until 4pm

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Rabbit socialising

Anytime from 12.30pm up until 4pm

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Small animal room cleaning

You could care for little guinea pigs

Start any time between 8.30am and 10am

Monday, Thursday and Friday

If you would like to join the volunteer team and help the animals, email [email protected] for more information.

If you’d like to make a donation to their JustGiving page, you can do so here.

If you’d like more information on rescuing an animal, head to their website here.

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