Peninsula: Cattery & Small Animals Assistant

Cattery & Small Animals Assistant


Animal Care Team Leader (Cattery)


RSPCA Peninsula – CASA (Cat & Small Animals Adoptions)

Time Commitment

Weekly OR fortnightly 4 hour morning or 3 hour afternoon shift (Monday to Sunday) for a minimum of 6 months

Date Revised

December 2023

Approved by

Volunteer Program Team


About us

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Victoria) is a non-government, community based charity that works to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection.
RSPCA Victoria was established in Melbourne in 1871. Since this time, the RSPCA has become Australia’s leading animal welfare charity.

Volunteers are an integral part of the RSPCA team. They play an active and vital role in helping to support our work to improve the welfare of animals, and protect them from cruelty and neglect. Volunteering involves commitment, dedication and passion.


Role Purpose

Cattery Assistants work tirelessly to ensure high standards of hygiene are maintained in the cattery. This ensures that the cats and kittens in the RSPCA’s care are provided with the comforting environment they deserve. Through socialisation, Cattery Assistants actively enrich the lives of the cats in their care and help prepare them for their forever home.

“Volunteering in the cattery definitely makes an impact on the animals. As well as helping with everyday cleaning, as volunteers we have more time to socialise with the animals, which is something staff don’t always have the opportunity to do”

Hana, Cattery Volunteer


Key Responsibilities

The Cattery & Small Animals Assistant will be responsible for the following activities:

§  Cleaning and disinfecting condos, pens, runs and clubhouses in the adoption areas, and other areas if instructed, including litter trays, food bowls, bedding and toys or other enrichment tools

§  Preparation and distribution of food and water

§  Observing animals for any behavioural changes, signs of illness and reporting this to staff

§  Socialising and grooming cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small animals

§  Making and distribution of toys and other environmental enrichment tools

§  General cleaning and maintenance of CASA kitchens, carry cages and spaces, including cleaning, sweeping, mopping, laundry, restocking supplies and rubbish removal



To be successful in this role, the volunteer will possess the following necessary skills and attributes:

§  Attention to detail and the ability to follow oral and written instructions carefully

§  Confidence handling unfamiliar cats and an ability to read animal behaviour

§  Ability to be self-sufficient and work well autonomously within a team environment

§  Flexibility and willingness to assist in other RSPCA departments as required


Training & Support Requirements

The following training and support will be provided:

§  Online induction modules including animal handling.

§  On the job training with Animal Attendant staff.

§  Ongoing opportunity to discuss your role and any concerns with the supervising staff member, Animal Care Team Leader or Volunteer Program Team.


Other Requirements

RSPCA Victoria is serious about providing a safe and healthy environment for volunteers, employees and the animals in our care. If you are interested in this role, we will need to collect the following information prior to you commencing in the role (see checked items below). By signing this Role Profile, you give consent to RSPCA to conduct any checks as necessary.

National Police Check


Screen for animal cruelty offenses

Drivers Licence

Working with Children Check


Medical - proof of tetanus vaccination

CV / Resume / LinkedIn


Identity check

Other as noted:

RSPCA Volunteers contribute vital support to ending cruelty for all animals

Thank you