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Fosterer Supporter

Environment/Animal welfare

Fosterer Supporter

The Cat and Dog Protection Association of Ireland


At a Glance

  • Start Date:07/03/2023
  • End Date:31/08/2023
  • Closing date:31/03/2023
  • Post Updated:08/03/2023
  • Min Hours:2-3 visits per week
  • Role Type:Animal

Requirements:Own vehicle required


A hugely rewarding role, as a CDPA Foster Supporter you will onboard and help fosterers understand the fostering process and support them by providing advice and guidance. 


The Cats & Dog Protection Association of Ireland (CDPA)  is a registered charity dedicated to caring and improving the lives of cats and dogs in Ireland. Our volunteers collaborate with local communities to reduce animal suffering through our Trap-Neuter-Return, foster-rehoming and welfare programmes.  

Commitment required: 6 months 

Minimum weekly commitment: 4-6 hours  

Location: Online 


As a CDPA volunteer you will be benefit from 

  • Access to a strong, supportive community of animal rescuers throughout your volunteer journey with the CDPA  

  • A full induction, comprehensive training & ongoing support 

  • Experience of working in the Animal & Charity Sector 

Is training provided?: Yes

Tasks that the volunteer(s) will be expected to undertake:

Role Description   

  • Touch base with the fosters assigned to you at least once a week and fill out a form online you will be supplied with, can be accessed with a smartphone or computer 

  • Help organise start packs and essential items to be delivered to the foster homes  

  • Answer any queries the foster may have – you will have extra support from a senior volunteer 

  • Pass on any issues to senior volunteer such as sick cats/kittens as the senior volunteer will have to make arrangements to get a vet appointment should it be needed 

  • Liaise with senior volunteer about transport of cats/kittens for vet appointments should it be needed 

  • Keep track and remind fosters on your team of when they are due vaccines or microchip and ensure they know they have these appointments in advance 

  • Ensure fosters are following advice from either yourself or senior volunteers 

Skills required for this role:

Desired Qualities 

  • Kind, caring, patient, reliable & dedicated  

  • Empathetic towards cats and other volunteers  

Desired Experience 

  • Previous experience in an animal rescue is very advantageous  

  • Have a good knowledge of cats and their behaviours 

  • Have a working knowledge of a smartphone or desktop 


Other Requirements  

  • Be willing to advise others and guide new fosters – this can be done on phone or face to face 

  • Be able to commit to at least four hours in a week to follow up with current fosters 

Minimum time commitment per week:
4 hour p/week

Additional screening required for this role:
Please submit an application form to be considered for this opportunity: Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an online informal interview


If you have any questions about this role please feel free to get in touch:

Name: Monica L.

Address: The Cat and Dog Protection Association of Ireland, Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups North Brunswick Stree


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