We are looking for people who have a passion and interest in working with furry learners to unlock their potential and make their stay with us more enjoyable and stimulating. All you need is patience and a good understanding of animal behaviour and we will provide training for the rest! This is a fun and rewarding role and you will learn so much about our companion animals.

We are currently recruiting for this role
Monday to Friday 3pm to 5pm


Cat Puzzling Volunteer

How long have you been volunteering for RSPCA Manchester and Salford Branch?

I have been volunteering at the branch since the start of December.

What does your role involve?

We use a variety of puzzles which vary in difficulty to try and engage the cats. We start with egg boxes to get the cats used to the idea of puzzling, and then we progress to more difficult puzzles to really challenge them.

What are the highlights of the role you do?

It is really rewarding to watch the cats crack the puzzles as it can take a lot of patience to get them to understand what they need to do. And they always want a cuddle afterwards.

What are the challenges of your role?

The only real challenge is when the cats aren’t in the mood for puzzling, then they don’t really engage. However, it’s not all bad as when they’re in this mood they love a cuddle!

What do you get out of volunteering?

As I am in my final year of university, volunteering gives me an escape from all of my assignments, and I find it really relaxing to be around the animals.

Have you gained any skills and/or knowledge from your volunteering?

I have learned so much about cat behaviour and why they act the way that they do. Cat puzzling is also a skill I would not have thought I would learn!

If someone was thinking about joining the team what would you tell them?

I would tell them that when I first started, I felt so welcomed by everyone, and 6 months later nothing has changed. Everyone is so friendly and always there to help, if you were thinking of joining then there’s not a better branch to go to.

How much time do I need to commit to the role?

You only need a few hours a week which makes it really practical to fit around work and uni. Any time you have to volunteer is worth it.

Interested in this position?

We welcome engagement with people from across the community and proactively embrace equality, diversity and inclusion, so if you would like to join the team please be rest assured you will be welcomed with open arms. We are open to learning how we can adapt our workplaces and include more people to support us with the vital work that we do. 

We aim to:
Treated everyone with dignity and respect
Challenge inequalities
Respond positively to different needs and circumstances so that everyone can achieve their potential