South Ayrshire cat-lover to receive UK volunteering award

Bobby McGaffney
Bobby McGaffney

A Cats Protection volunteer who has made its South Ayrshire branch a huge success is to be recognised in Cats Protection’s Volunteer of the Year Awards.

Bobby McGaffney has won the Unsung Hero category for his incredible commitment and dedication over eight years volunteering for Cats Protection. Whether it is hand-rearing kittens, managing the fosterers, liaising with vets or working through the night trapping feral cats, Bobby is happy to lend a hand and always puts the cats and his fellow volunteers first.

Bobby will be recognised for his achievements at a special ceremony to be held at Cats Protection’s National Cat Centre in Sussex in July. Now the public can vote for Bobby to win the overall UK Volunteer of the Year Award 2011 by visiting www.cats.org.uk/volunteeroftheyear. Voting closes at midday on July 4.

He was judged a worthy winner from the entries that were received. Now in their third year, the Awards recognise the enormous contribution made by more than 7,000 Cats Protection volunteers to the success of the charity, which helps over 215,000 unwanted cats and kittens each year.

Bobby said: “I’m surprised and thrilled to win the Unsung Hero award. The work that I do for Cats Protection means so much to me, and it’s great to be recognised.”

Julie Meredith, Cats Protection’s Volunteering Development Manager, said: “Bobby was judged to be a deserving winner of this award. He has a way of connecting with cats like no-one else; even the wildest of ferals. The advice and support he gives is spot-on every time and thousands of local cats are better for it.”

Bobby is also appealing for more volunteers to join the South Ayrshire branch: “For every unwanted cat we help, there are more waiting to come in, so we desperately need more volunteers – particularly fundraisers – to help us expand the branch and help more cats. If you love cats, and have some time on your hands, then please call 0845 3714216 or contact us through our website at www.southayrshire.cats.org.uk – we can find a role to suit your interests and time availability, and full training and support will be given.”

Further information about Cats Protection, and the Volunteer of the Year Awards, can be found at www.cats.org.uk