Volunteering

Feline Friends are always looking for volunteers who are able to give us some of their time, energy, support and ideas. There are many ways in which you can help Feline Friends in its never-ending task of making life better for the felines of Dubai. Even if you can only spare a few hours we would still be interested in your help. The more you volunteer your valuable time the more you will learn about Feline Friends, enabling you to understand and participate in the important work we do.  

 

Rest assured that our experienced voluntary coordinators will be around to help you.  

 

Remember - it's your valuable time and contributions that makes our non profit – making organisation possible. 

 

Current Volunteering Vacancies

 

PR activities -There is an urgent need for someone, ideally with PR/Press experience but not essential, who would work on Press releases and other PR activities that will help increase awareness of Feline Friends and promote its events and activities.  Training will be provided, although ideas are also welcome!

Events coordinators – We areurgently looking for volunteers who would be happy to help organise simple events such as school fairs etc. where Feline Friends can have a stand. You would need to liaise with the schools, venues etc (they generally approach us first, but sometimes we may contact them), then organise getting volunteers, a table and our merchandise there to sell. Our current coordinator, Ramona, requires a back-up momentarily and will provide you with the necessary details in order to get started.

 

"Adoption Days - Adoption days are held once every month at various veterinary clinics in our network.  Typically we require at least 10 volunteers to be present from 12pm-4pm at the adoption days. Help is needed with setting up the stalls, looking after the cats, interviewing the prospective adopters and generally attending to the people attending the venue. The tasks will be allocated depending on each volunteer’s experience and no contribution is too little, just giving kitties a hug can go a long way to make them purr.

The number of cats and kittens that can be homed will depend on the time of the year, as typically during the holiday time there is less activity and fewer kitties can go to new homes. During the summer months we hope to home around 5 to 10 cats during an adoption day, but during other times of the year this number is generally higher. Volunteers that have shown their willingness to participate will be notified of the upcoming Adoption Day through a group email. It can often be a busy and tiring event, but allocating your Saturday afternoon for this wonderful cause will go a long way in making a difference in the lives of homeless animals.

It is important to note that volunteers need to have a certain amount of experience being around cats as most tasks do require some intuition when interacting with the interested people wanting to adopt a cat to help allot them to a suitable cat based on their needs.

As well as day to day volunteers, we are also looking for an Adoption Day Co-ordinator, someone to take the responsibility of organizing these to give some time off to our current volunteer.  You will be supported and given all the necessary information, but please let us know if you are interested in helping with this important role."

 

 Phones - We are in need of volunteers to answer/manage one of our 3 phone lines (Helpline, Adoption and foster lines) for a few weeks at a time, to give our current volunteers some time off.  These positions require some training and the ability to be reachable by phone from approx 8am-6pm).  The need to be on call makes it near impossible if you have a full-time job or are caring for very young children.  However, the larger the team, the more breaks that people can have, so while the roles can often be very busy, it would only be for a few weeks at a time just to give a break to our current volunteers. 

 

Fostering - Feline Friends does not have a cattery or shelter, therefore all our cats are kept in foster homes until a suitable permanent home can be found. Re-homing the cat can happen in as little as a few days or weeks, but usually it takes a few months to find a suitable home.  We are always on the look-out for new foster homes because that enables us to help more cats and kittens.  We are particularly in need of fosterers at the moment, even if only for a couple of weeks, so if you have a spare room or bathroom, you can really help to save a few cats or kittens

 

Book Stalls - Feline Friends Dubai runs regular book sales to raise money for the organisation. Every Dirham counts towards helping us care for the cats and kittens in distress, and allows us to continue bringing relief to the sick and injured feline population, to foster abandoned domestic cats, and to sterilise those not tame enough to be homed. Volunteers can help to set up the book stalls, sell the books as well as assist with packing up in the evenings.  Since the book sales are all day events and many people visit the stall, we encourage volunteers to participate for any amount of time that they can. Ideally we would have between 15 to 20 volunteers to assist throughout the day. That way we can allocate a small time slot for each person. On a typical one day book sale we are able to raise enough money to sterilize 25 to 35 cats or to offer emergency treatment for a similar number of cats and kittens. Your time and efforts are extremely valued indeed.

 

Regular event timings of the book sales (which can vary) are:

  • * Dubai Festival City (mezzanine level near IKEA) - 1st Friday of every month from 10am - 10pm.
  • * Time Square Center, SZR, Dubai - 2nd Friday of every month from 10am - 7pm.
  • * Other ad hoc book sales in Arabian Ranches and Al Barsha

 

Book, CD & DVD donations are also very welcome. As we do not have a permanent headquarters, the items are best donated at any of the book sales. If you have a car, you can also volunteer to distribute the advertising leaflets to the nearby supermarkets and veterinary clinics prior to the respective events. 

 

In addition to helping out at the book sales we are also needing people to help out with transporting the books to Times Square Mall once a month. Without this vital role, we cannot hold the book sales so are in desperate need to find someone. 

 

Transporting books & tables from warehouse in Dubai Investment Park to Time Square Mall. Ideally, these volunteers would have a van. If not, if one person can drive a stick then we can supply the Feline Friends Van. It is better to have 2 or 3 volunteer to help the job move quicker.

 

Dates: The second Friday of every month.

Timings: Drop off can take place anywhere between Thursday night 10pm & Friday morning 8am. 

Pick up takes place between 10pm Friday night & 8am Saturday morning. 

Compensation:As we are a volunteer organization, we hope to have volunteers willing to donate their time for free. If not, however, Feline Friends can offer compensation for the time & effort put into these sales.

 

Bottle feeders - We are in need of people who would be willing to learn how to bottle feed new born kittens.  Full training will be given for this special life-saving role.  However, please note that in order to be a bottle-feeder, you will need to be fostering the kitten(s).  This is since they need regular feeding and a fixed and safe environment.

 

PR activities - There is also a need for someone, ideally with PR/Press experience, but not essential who would work on Press releases and other PR activities that will help increase awareness of Feline Friends and promote its events and activities.  Training will be provided, although ideas are also welcome!

 

Merchandise coordinators – We are in need of people to come up with ideas for new merchandising materials and to work with existing volunteers to get this merchandise made and ready for sale at our Feline Friends events. 

 

Events coordinators – We are looking for volunteers who would be happy to help organise simple events such as school fairs etc. where Feline Friends can have a stand. You would need to liaise with the schools, venues etc (they generally approach us first, but sometimes we may contact them), then organise getting volunteers, a table and our merchandise there to sell.

 

Garage Sales - Garage sales are always held on a weekend in either Uptown Mirdif or Al Quoz, depending on the time of the year. They can be very big affairs and need many volunteers to sort out all the donated items, take the payments or just keep an eye on things.

 

All of our events are advertised through publications in local newspapers, Time Out Magazine, flyers in supermarkets and vet clinics, as well as notifications posted on our Facebook page.

 

Adoption Days - Adoption days are held once every month at various veterinary clinics in our network.  Typically we require at least 10 volunteers to be present from 12pm-4pm at the adoption days. Help is needed with setting up the stalls, looking after the cats, interviewing the prospective adopters and generally attending to the people attending the venue. The tasks will be allocated depending on each volunteer’s experience and no contribution is too little, just giving kitties a hug can go a long way to make them purr.

 

The number of cats and kittens that can be homed will depend on the time of the year, as typically during the holiday time there is less activity and fewer kitties can go to new homes. During the summer months we hope to home around 5 to 10 cats during an adoption day, but during other times of the year this number is generally higher. Volunteers that have shown their willingness to participate will be notified of the upcoming Adoption Day through a group email. It can often be a busy and tiring event, but allocating your Saturday afternoon for this wonderful cause will go a long way in making a difference in the lives of homeless animals.  

 

Please note that at present, we have sufficient volunteers for this role, so if you can, we would prefer you to help Feline Friends in another way, but we can still add you to the list if you would really like to volunteer for this role.

 

Drivers to transport injured cats - If you are interested in giving us the valuable gift of your time and have a car, consider assisting us with driving animals in distress to a veterinary clinic for much needed, and often life saving treatments. We try to involve as many people as possible so as to reduce the workload on any one person. We also try to assign different volunteers to areas that are closer to their home or work, so as to minimise the time wastage and increase the response time. Flexibility on the times will, however, be important to attend emergency calls, for example if a cat has been run over or otherwise injured. If you do not have the stomach for handling injured animals, please ask to be only contacted for trapping missions, which are undertaken in areas with a high street cat population that needs to be sterilised and returned.

 

TNR programme (Trap, Neuter, Release) - We are always in need of volunteers to aide in trapping with our TNR programme.  Ideally we are looking for people who have a car and some free time during the day or evening.  We need volunteers who live or work in the following sections of Dubai and can be on call to service the area:  Springs/Meadows, Bur Dubai, Marina/JBR, Deira, Barsha / Al Quoz, Jumeirah / Umm Suquiem.

 

Trap-Sterilise-Release is a non-lethal method to reduce the feral cat population and improve the quality of life for cats. It involves humanely trapping feral cats, having them spayed or neutered and then returning them to same place they were found to live out their lives.  This programme has been shown to be the least costly, as well as the most efficient and humane, way of stabilizing feral cat populations.  Instead of trapping and killing (eradicating) a feral cat colony, cats are permitted to live out their lives just like other animals, while not adding to the homeless cat population. Stabilising populations of cats will naturally allow colonies more space, shelter, food, and fewer risks of disease.  

 

To get involved, there are no special requirements for your vehicle - anyone with a car that can fit a cat carrier or a cat trap (a cage-like device that is about four feet wide) can volunteer to be a driver. 4x4s or SUVs would probably be the best, but we welcome anyone’s help. You may want to put some plastic sheets down to keep the car clean but, other than that, no special adjustments to the cars are needed. Volunteers will be trained on how to handle cats which are injured or just plain terrified. Training will also be provided for the best ways to assist in the trapping missions.

 

Manning Feline Friends stalls – often Feline Friends are invited to take part in events, so we are often looking for people to man stalls.

 

‘Cat Calls’ Magazine – There is also currently a need for someone who would be able to make contact with companies (vets, pet shops, cafes, supermarkets etc.) in order to gain permission to distribute our Cat Calls magazine – so making calls, maybe meeting them.  We already have a number of links and ties with veterinary surgeries and pet shops, so there would be a base.   We then need some helpers (with a car) in order to help physically distribute the newsletters to these venues.  Also, there may be some need in the near future to help with the actual assembling of the magazine, writing articles etc.

 

Other fund raising activities for example: the Annual Kitten Ball – This event runs annually every October and is Feline Friend’s largest fund raiser of the year. For more information in reference to being part of the annual ball committee (helping with venue logistics, new sponsorship, raffle prizes, auction prizes, promoting the event, helping on the night itself, selling tickets etc)

 

Any ad-hoc fundraising activities that people would like to do, such as cake stalls, running or walking events etc. are also welcomed to help raise vital funds.

 

Administration – FF are also often on the lookout for volunteers for coordinating our events and the volunteers that staff them, keeping our records up to date, managing our foster carers, coordinating the adoptions process, and answering calls and emails for people seeking help and advice.  Some of these positions require only an hour per day, while others require you to be on call during normal working hours. 

I look forward to hearing from you on how you might like to become a volunteer and an integral part of our organisation. 

 

With best wishes 

 

 

last update: 19 February 2013

 

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