By Keri Kennedy, Head of Studio:
One of the many perks of working at On Agency is that, every year, we get a paid charity volunteer day.
When I’m not in the office as Head of Studio, I volunteer at the Cats Protection shop in Hove, so naturally I chose to spend my volunteer day this year at the National Cat Centre in Haywards Heath.
Along with other local volunteers I met Richard Clare from the advocacy team who took us through their 2022 Agenda For Cats. This includes campaigning for compulsory microchipping, regulation of commercial cat breeding and creating responsible pet policies with housing providers.
Next the Virtual Homing Manager, Claire Kieran, showed us Cats Protection’s new web interface – usually used by estate agents – which they are rolling out in shops such as garden centres across the country. Potential adopters can scroll through a huge touch screen of cats up for adoption and enter their details if they find a cat they are interested in.
Finally – and obviously the best bit – I had a tour of the cattery. I didn’t manage to smuggle any home in my bag, but I did get to meet around 100 cats including Kozal, a 16 year old tom who’s even got his own video up on YouTube. I was also lucky to take a quick walk around the maternity ward, which is usually closed to the public.
Seeing the centre made me realise the mammoth task that Cats Protection take on. A huge amount of this work is done by volunteers – and a day like this shows how important the work of fundraisers, like us, up and down the country really is.