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Cat’s Protection – Developing Wellbeing Tools for shelter cats survey

Cat’s Protection’s new research survey to develop wellbeing tools for shelter cats, gives an opportunity for volunteers or staff (aged 18+) that regularly care for cats on behalf of a charity/organisation, to be part of the project and its research.

As a small team within the charity’s Feline Welfare department, Dr Lauren Finka and colleagues are working on a long-term project that aims to develop practical, scientifically validated resources to support the wellbeing of cats in shelters. The aim is to develop cat friendly tools that can be useful to the whole of the rescue/rehoming sector within the UK/British Isles, and that are of benefit to cats as well as the people that care for them.

In order to achieve these goals, it’s firstly necessary for the team to understand what kinds of tools and support would be most helpful and are most needed by people caring for cats, as well as the types of environments they might be used within. The team would really love for you to be a part of this research by telling them a little bit about the cats that you/your organisation provide care for, as well as your views concerning what you might want any future cat wellbeing tools to look like. If you would like to be involved, they would really appreciate you completing the survey (if it seems relevant to your role and organisation), and/or forwarding this email on to any colleagues or contacts. The attached flyer can also be printed off to share with volunteers and/or for placement in staff rooms and on shelter notice boards etc.

Additional information:

– The survey is open to any volunteers or staff (aged 18+) that regularly care for cats on behalf of a charity/organisation located within the British Isles, whether in their own homes or dedicated shelter facilities.

– The survey will take roughly between 15-45 minutes, depending on how many sections you choose to answer.

– It is possible to save progress throughout so that it doesn’t have to be completed in one go as we appreciate time is often in short supply.

– All survey responses will be fully anonymised prior to data analysis and people will not be asked to provide their name or name of the charity/branch they volunteer or work at.

– As a thank you for your time and valuable input, the first 700 people to complete the survey are being offered a £20 Pets at Home voucher. We also have a prize draw open to all participants for the chance to win a range of International Cat Care courses and a free Association of Dogs and Cats Homes (ADCH) 2024 conference place.

For our project to work, we ideally need to hear from as many people as possible. We would therefore really appreciate multiple people from the same organisation completing the survey as well people sharing it among their colleagues and broader networks.

Follow this link for further details and to complete the survey

Written by: ADCH