“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
Our TNR program relies completely on volunteers to achieve our goals. There are many opportunities for volunteers to contribute, whether it’s giving educational TNR talks, transporting cats to and from clinic appointments, or actually trapping cats. We have many unique and fulfilling volunteer positions to fit your skills and interests.
This is a very fulfilling role, especially when you release a cat knowing that you have not only improved their life but also prevented more cats being born to a tough life on the streets.
This team suits people who like working hands-on, it is a physical role as the traps are quite heavy once a cat is in there. Ideal requirements would be to have your own transport and a quiet space to house the cats whilst waiting for surgery/recovering from surgery (can be a spare room, or bathroom). Full training in trapping techniques will be given.
Such an important role, changing peoples perception of the cats is the key to TNR working. This could range from giving talks at a school, to discussing TNR solutions with compound managers. If you like presenting and are good with people, this would be the ideal fit.
Obviously, without funds, we simply can’t function. The fundraising team meet and discuss ideas, hold events, manage stalls at craft fairs, hold garage sales, the list is endless. A very interesting and varied role.
We welcome Bloggers, graphic designers, photographers, social media managers etc.
Colony Caretakers – feeding & trapping
We have TNR’ed colonies all over Qatar who are cared for by our dedicated volunteers. We are always in desperate need of people to help feed the colonies and trap any newcomers. It is done on a rota basis, so even if you could commit to just once a week, it would be a big help.
Some comments from our colony carers about what the role means to them:
“Unfortunately, we cannot rehome all the street cats in Qatar but by being a part of a feeding colony I know we are making a positive difference to their lives. We are showing them that their lives mater”. Emma
“Even though I can’t touch a lot of the cats I feed daily or weekly, I love them to pieces. In fact, I didn’t know how much love a person could have in their heart until I started caring for colony cats in Qatar. They depend on people for their livelihood and are always grateful, and I love each and every one of them for their bravery and tenacity”. Cait
“Feeding the harbour cats after a busy day at work is the best part of my day. Seeing their grateful little faces waiting for me fills my heart with joy. Caring for these cats has given meaning to my time in Qatar and is something I will cherish forever”. Nicola
“My weekly visit to the colony is the highlight of my week..knowing that I’m part of these cats’ lifeline is so rewarding, and being part of a supportive team of like-minded people doing good in the world feels great” Joanne
Bring joy to your life; care for cats and make new friends. Join a colony care team.
What is fostering a cat and what does it involve?
When you foster, you agree to take a cat into your home and give him or her love, care and attention, either for a predetermined period of time or until the cat is adopted.
Why does TNR Qatar need people to foster?
As we don’t have a physical shelter, we depend on foster homes to care for cats we sometimes find in situations like these –
- An abandoned kitten that is too young to be adopted and needs a safe place to stay until he or she is old enough to go to a forever home.
- A cat that is recovering from surgery, illness or injury and needs a safe and loving space to recuperate prior to re-release (rather than in a cage at the vet, which can be depressing and lonely for a cat, and hinder recovery and mental health).
- A cat that is unable to cope with street life (such as a frail or elderly cat, disabled, a breed like Persian etc..) and needs a safe and loving space to stay until a forever home is found.
Why should I foster a cat?
Fostering a cat is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. By taking an animal in need temporarily into your home you are:
- Helping TNRQ keep vet/boarding costs down.
- Giving your foster cat the time he/she needs to be ready for adoption.
- Helping TNRQ learn more about the cat so he/she can end up in the best home possible.
- Socialising the cat to a loving home environment and possibly getting him used to being around other pets and different types of people.
Your commitment to us and your feline foster friend
Finding foster homes is extremely difficult in Qatar, the need far outstrips the homes available. Therefore so that we can plan ahead, if you take in one of our cats to foster we would require the exact date you would no longer be able to foster, or a 2 weeks notice period. This then gives us the chance to find an alternative foster home.
We hope you consider volunteering with TNR Qatar, volunteering with us is a great way to meet like-minded people who share the same enthusiasm for animal welfare.