Ways you can help
There are many areas where the charity needs you. You could help us with fundraising, transport of cats or goods, storing animal food, admin or following up enquiries.
Foster an animal
We need more temporary homes for our animals while they are in our care. You could become a foster carer and really make a big difference to these animals’ lives. You don’t need to have a garden or even be home in the day to look after most of our animals while they are in care. It is also ideal for those living in this area temporarily and for those who are not able to commit to adopting an animal permanently.
Fundraising and events
Apart from making us donations, we also run several fundraising events per year. these may include fairs and fetes where we always need more volunteers to help and quality items to sell or raffle. If you would like to organise one for yourself, we can provide collecting boxes and advise about local events where we are allowed to collect money from the public. Pets at Home stores usually fundraise at certain times of the year and donate to local charities including HAWS, but they will ask the charity to actively volunteer a certain amount of hours in store in order to quality for these donations.
Alternatively there are many ways you can pick up donations for us online without even stepping out of your door. Perhaps you could sell your own items on Ebay and donate a percentage to us, or you can even raise money for us easily without any effort whilst simply shopping online via easyfundraising or using Amazon Smile.
If you have an idea for any fundraising event please let us know and we will help you set a fundraising page or consider running it ourselves. We would welcome your ideas and any support you can give.
Help feral cats
We are always in need of new locations to place feral cats. Can you help by offering a farm or other suitable location for one or more of them?
Sponsor a long-term resident
Can you help sponsor one of our many senior residents, bearing in mind that they may never find new homes? This is an ideal way to help look after an animal if you can’t actually adopt or foster one.
If you have a car and are free especially during the day, you can assist us with anything from trapping animals which need our help, to taking animals to and from the vets.
We also need help with transporting and storing pet food. For these jobs we really do need people who can do this on a regular basis.
Please note that it helps if you are relatively local and can be contacted at short notice.
We often hear from many students and young people wanting to gain experience of working in an animal shelter, however all of our animals are kept in our volunteers’ homes and unfortunately we do NOT have the need for help of this kind. We do appreciate the offer but we will be unable to take you up on it unless you would like to foster cats or other animals for the charity.