- To rescue stray and unwanted cats and kittens, rehabilitate and rehome them where possible.
- To encourage the neutering of cats not required for breeding.
- To inform the public on the care of cats and kittens.
Rescuing, rehabilitation and rehoming
Cats and kittens come to us for many reasons: because they have been mistreated or abandoned, because their owner has died or is incapacitated and no longer able to care for them, or because their families have had to move to a home that can not accommodate cats. Some simply need to find a new loving family. Others need a bit of help to trust people before they are ready to be adopted.
We do all of this through the services of volunteer fosterers.
Many of our cats are looked after by fosterers in spare rooms in their own homes. Some of our fosterers have purpose-designed pens in their gardens, which provide refuge for the cats and kittens in our care. These pens are connected to an electricity supply to provide both lighting, and warmth in the sleeping cabins during cold weather. The pens are kept spotlessly clean. All of our cats are well cared for, provided with food and water and any vet treatments they may need, and stimulated with a selection of toys and human company.
We pride ourselves that we give the best possible care to all our cats and kittens, and we never home them unless we believe they are fit and healthy. Fostering can be hard work, but it is very rewarding. We are always interested in recruiting more fosterers; anybody who is interested is invited to get in touch.
We may be able to help with the cost of neutering your cat or kitten. If you are in receipt of income support or family credit we can offer a voucher which covers part of the cost. We recommend that cats are neutered as soon as they are old enough, which is often from around 4 months old. A female cat will begin to have unwanted kittens from about 7 months. If she is denied her freedom to mate she will become frustrated and develop behavioural and health problems. An un-neutered tom will roam and fight for a mate making him prone to abscesses and diseases like FIV (feline AIDS) and feline leukaemia virus, both of which are fatal. He is also likely to become aggressive and to mark his territory by spraying around the house. Having your cat neutered can be beneficial for both of you!