Meet some of our employees

Mandy Clarke

Eastbourne Adoption Centre Manager

I have been the Adoption Centre Manager at Eastbourne for three-and-a-half years. If asked what my dream job would be, I would have to say this one.

On a cold January morning in 2006 I started as a volunteer at Eastbourne; every Saturday I would help clean out the pens and socialise the cats or kittens that were waiting to be homed. It just felt right to be here and I knew this was a career path I wanted to follow. When a full-time Cat Care Assistant vacancy came up, I applied and after an interview, got the role.

Working for Cats Protection has given me a wealth of knowledge and this helped me when I applied for the Deputy Manager post in 2009. We are given the best training and toolkits to help us do a job that can be so very rewarding but we are also here to help educate people on cat care, to advise them about neutering and most importantly finding the cats in our care their forever homes.

Natalie Field

Cat Care Assistant, Hereford Adoption Centre

An average day for a Cat Care Assistant includes checking in on the cats, feeding and medicating them and cleaning out the pens. The remainder of the day varies as no two days are the same! It may include health checks on new cats admitted to the centre, showing people around who are looking to adopt a cat, taking cats to and from the vets for neutering etc, attending shows or fundraising events, trapping, neutering and returning feral cats, and also school visits where Chelsea (Cat Care Assistant) and I visit primary schools in Herefordshire and neighbouring counties to offer free educational workshops about caring for cats. We close to the public at 3pm which gives us a couple of hours to feed and medicate the cats (where necessary) and tidy up ready for the next day.

I’ve always wanted to work with animals so I initially enrolled in a two year animal management course at college which included finding a work placement – Cats Protection’s Hereford Adoption Centre kindly agreed to take me on. I was lucky enough to be asked to join the team full-time over the summer holidays until I went back to college. Even after finishing my hourly quota I still went in one day a week until the course ended. Luckily for me, a full time position became available and I was chosen to join the team in 2006.

I enjoy my job as a Cat Care Assistant – it’s rewarding when the cats find their forever homes. Lately we have had quite a few shy cats in who want to be friendly but are frightened, so I make it my mission to become friends with them and they become big softies!

Mark Magee

Cornwall Adoption Centre Manager

My role with Cats Protection is to oversee the day to day running of the Cornwall Adoption Centre, working closely with my deputy, staff and volunteers to ensure that the centre runs smoothly and efficiently. We have a great team of dedicated volunteers of all ages who give up their time to help at the centre, whether it be helping to clean the cat pens, or spending much needed time with the cats giving them lots of TLC, or by helping with fundraising.

In essence we take in stray and unwanted cats from all over Cornwall and rehome them into homes suitable for their nature and needs, giving them the best start for their new lives with their new owners.

Fundraising is another important part of what we do – we have a dedicated group of volunteers who work with the staff to help us to organise our fundraising events. They attend many local events throughout the year raising much needed funds and awareness of the charity and responsible cat ownership.

I have been with Cats Protection for 12 years now. I started as Deputy Manager at the Birmingham Adoption Centre, I was the manager at the Mansfield Adoption Centre for seven years and finally the manager at the Cornwall Adoption Centre. I feel very lucky to be able to do a job that I love.

I really enjoy working with a group of people from all backgrounds but with a common goal to help cats. My favourite part of my job is when we take a cat in may not have made it on their own, giving them the medical attention and TLC that they need, then finally placing them into their new home. It’s so rewarding to receive photos a few months down the line from their new owner and seeing how well they have settled into their new home.

Martin Ellis

Regional Team Fundraising Manager

I love my job at Cats Protection because I get to work with and help a group of fantastic dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers and staff. We raise funds in all manner of ways from skydives to speed dating to attending a car boot sale, so there’s never a dull moment. I manage the Regional Community Fundraising team which is based all around the UK and also the challenge events programme. Our remit is to provide support and guidance on all aspects of fundraising from event planning to legal responsibilities, assisting branches, adoption centres, staff and supporters.

I’m based in the East Midlands but can be frequently seen at the National Cat Centre where most of the Fundraising teams are based. I’ve worked in fundraising for over 12 years spending time with a number of major charities including over four years with Cats Protection.

I set the community fundraising strategy for the charity which forms part of the main fundraising strategy and have the responsibility for delivery. Much of my time is spent maintaining the team of seven Regional Fundraisers and working with the wider fundraising team to implement new initiatives and communicate them to the wider charity and our supporters. My job is to facilitate as much fundraising activity around the country as possible to increase the charity’s income enabling us to help more cats.

The regional team has two strands of responsibility. We have dedicated adoption centre and associated Friends Group support in all regions and we also provide branch support, working with around 20-30 branches in a focussed way at any one time. We also provide support to branches through a fundraising email address and have a dedicated enquiry number. In addition we produce a quarterly fundraising newsletter and are working on a series of five-minute fundraiser videos for 2015.

Vicky Dalton-Placzek

Veterinary Nurse

My role as a Registered Veterinary Nurse at Cats Protection is to assist the Veterinary Surgeon with providing veterinary care to the cats at the National Cat Adoption Centre and Eastbourne Homing Centre.

A large part of my role involves assisting the vet with consultations and surgery, with the aim of getting cats fit to home as quickly as possible. The majority of the surgery we do is neutering and dental work.

There isn’t really a ‘typical day’ as each day is different! However most days involve; taking and running bloods, preparing cats for surgery, monitoring anaesthetics, taking X-rays, providing post-operative care, dispensing medication, nurse clinics, stock control, maintaining the clinic and its equipment.

I love working at CP and enjoy the challenges of veterinary medicine in a shelter environment.