VOLUNTEER NEEDED AS BRANCH COMMITTEE SECRETARY
Do you love cats? Can you spare a few hours each month to help them? Then read on
……Derby Branch of Cats Protection is seeking a volunteer to take on the role of Branch Committee Secretary.
The Committee members of Derby and District Branch of Cats Protection meet once a month at their charity shop on the Wardwick and are seeking a professional person with secretarial skills to prepare agendas, take notes and type up the minutes of their monthly meetings.
The volunteer would also be required to support the Co-ordinator and other members of the Committee by offering clerical / administrative support ie composing and replying to letters on their behalf.
This is one of the most vital roles in the Branch so we are seeking someone with a good grasp of English grammar and spelling as well as first class keyboard skills. Someone with secretarial experience and their own PC and who is retired or works part-time would be ideal.
Anyone who can help, or who would like more information, is asked to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We can then send you an application form and role description.
CAN YOU HELP PERCY GET BACK ON HIS PAWS?
Young Percy came to us with his brother, Ron, as a welfare job. Our volunteer was called to a home in Derby and was horrified to find that not only had Percy broken his leg but the owner had strapped it up to his body(!) with tape. They were both in a terrible condition as they weighed only 370 grams, were emaciated and had cat flu. We didn’t think they could be saved.
However, our welfare volunteer contacted the West Midlands Veterinary Referrals who immediately agreed to take their case on board and we are delighted to tell you that they have both settled in amazingly well. Little Percy is coping really well with his leg and will shortly be having the metal removed. They are eating for England and there are good homes in the pipeline for them when they are well enough to move into the big wide world. The vet said it was amazing how bright and happy they were despite their ordeal. Percy's photo shows him in a cage as he had to have cage rest after his orthopaedic procedure so he doesn't look very happy but he's a changed lad now.
Although the bill is cost assisted to us as a charity, getting Percy up and running is still going to cost the Branch over £800. Can you help us with a donation towards this, however small? If you are able to make a donation, simply click on the link below and follow the instructions: https://www.justgiving.com/Derby-Branch
or you can post a cheque made payable to Cats Protection Derby and District Branch to us at the Charity Shop, 31 Wardwick, Derby DE1 1HAUpdate on Percy and Ron
They are both into everything and are unable to sit still! This was last night enjoying his night time snuggles. He has had the metal work removed from his little leg now but is still to be cage rested as his bone is still very weak. He has a bit of a limp at the minute but we are hoping that with a little patience this will resolve. Ron is absolutely fine too and they are both besotted with each other.
On the afternoon of 22 June our Welfare Officer, Gill Heath, received a call from our Catline about six kittens that needed immediate help. They had only been born two days previously but their mother had died that morning. Immediately, Gill rang someone who has hand-reared kittens for us in the past and she agreed to help but couldn’t start until the evening of the next day as she was going to be out of Derby. Gill asked a vet we use a lot for help and was told to bring the kittens to them because they would give them kitten formula milk that day and a young vet nurse would take them home that night. This was an impressive thing to offer because to feed six kittens of such a young age is no mean task. They need feeding every two hours, but the process of feeding them takes half an hour which means that the feeder gets very little rest in between.
Having secured the kittens immediate future, Gill dashed out to the owner’s house, not knowing what she would find because we had only had contact with a support worker, who had given us the address. Would some, or all, of the kittens have died? Would she be ringing the hand-rearer, thanking her for her offer of help, but saying it was no longer required? To her great relief, the kittens were all still alive and, wrapped in an old T-shirt, were cradled in the arms of the man of the house. This was a good precaution to take because kittens of that age need warmth almost as much as food - when they are cold, they cannot be fed.
Leaving the kittens at the vets, she still had more to do because the hand-rearer would not return to Derby until late evening and the vet she had taken the kittens to closed at 7 pm. Another vet practice in the hand-rearer's area was open till 10 pm and said they could give the kittens two feeds until they were picked up by the hand-rearer.
Gill had been warned that it was likely not all the kittens would last the night but was told the next morning that they had all survived - in fact, had been quite greedy in taking their feeds! Now that it seemed they might have a longer-term future, the kittens were sexed and weighed. There were three males and three females, three tabby and white, one black and white, one tortoiseshell and white and one ginger and white. Three weighed 0.1kg, two weighed 0.09kg and one weighed 0.08kg. At 4.30 pm that day, after the kittens' feed at 4 pm, another volunteer and Gill drove in rush hour traffic to the other vet, arriving 25 minutes before their next feed.
All the kittens are now doing very well and should be ready for homing by the middle of August. Anyone interested should contact email@example.com
round about then.