Case studies

KATHRYN'S STORY: VOLUNTEERING AT A RESCUE CENTRE

Kathryn Rich, Legacy Officer at CAF, volunteered at the Last Chance Animal Rescue centre in Edenbridge, Kent.

Kathryn Rich

Volunteer

Last Chance Animal Rescue

Edenbridge, Kent



HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED WITH LAST CHANCE?

The Charity Advisory, Grant Making and Legacy team at CAF are all animal mad, and agreed that we’d love to spend a day volunteering at an animal sanctuary.

We researched several local animal charities and Last Chance jumped at the opportunity to take on some willing volunteers for the day to help staff with cleaning, dog walking and cat cuddling.

I have three cats, and I’m a vegan, so I’m very dedicated to animal welfare causes. I’ve also worked for animal welfare charities, as well as in a vet’s practice, which gave me a real passion for looking after animals and encouraged me to study for a Veterinary Assistant diploma.

WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF VOLUNTEERING?

It was a great opportunity for the team to bond outside of work, and do something we all enjoy for a cause we care about.

It wasn’t all glamour, but even the messy jobs - such as cleaning out the dog kennels - left us with a real sense of achievement, and put a smile on the residents faces!

I work in the Legacy team at CAF, and often deal with making gifts to charities, including animal rescues, so it was great to see the difference our supporters’ donations make to smaller charities like Last Chance, and how – through the CAF Charitable Legacy Service – we make it easy for people to leave a lasting impression.

WHAT DOES LAST CHANCE GET FROM ITS VOLUNTEERS?

The staff at Last Chance are incredibly dedicated, but also really busy handling the paperwork associated with adoptions, maintaining the buildings and laundering hundreds of dog and cat blankets. They simply don’t have as much time as they’d like to spend with the animals, which is why they rely on volunteers to help out.

And of course the animals themselves get a bit more human contact, which keeps them happy and healthy until they’re rehomed.

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO ANYONE CONSIDERING VOLUNTEERING?

Just do it! If you love animals but don’t have one yourself, it’s a great way to spend some time with them.

Get in touch with your local animal charity and ask whether they need volunteers.