About Cats Protection
From humble beginnings in 1927, Cats Protection has become the UK's leading feline welfare charity and helps over 194,000 cats and kittens every year through a network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 31 adoption centres. Cats Protection never puts a healthy cat to sleep and will ensure that every cat in its care is warm, fed and loved until they can be found a loving new home.
Cats Protection has simple and clear objectives to help cats:
- Rehoming - finding good homes for cats in need
- Neutering - supporting and encouraging the neutering of cats
- Education and information - improving people’s understanding of cats
It is thanks to the tireless dedication and hard work of staff and a network of over 9,100 volunteers that the charity is able to be there for the cats and kittens that need it. However, the work doesn’t stop there. Cats Protection also provides an array of cat care information via its publications, website and Helpline; promotes the benefits of neutering to prevent unwanted litters being born and becoming the abandoned cats of tomorrow, and seeks to inform people of all ages about cats and their care.
My driving force is to work towards a day when people take responsibility for the moggy. If the branch can help one tiny kitten, one injured cat or neuter one feral then together we have made a difference.
Gillian McMullen, Armagh Branch, Co-ordinator
How Purina helps
We are proud to support the work of Cats Protection. Each year we supply subsidised food for cats in its adoption centres and branches across the country, helping to ensure a healthy, well-balanced diet for cats and kittens. We also support a variety of awareness and fundraising initiatives, including sponsoring the 2014 National Cat Awards and distributing thousands of free starter packs every year.
In addition, Cats Protection was our Charity of the Year for 2013/2014 and through employee-led fundraising we managed to raise over £48,000! These funds have helped Cats Protection care for and find a loving new home for over 320 cats!
Richard Howard, Partnership Fundraiser at Cats Protection said: “Cats Protection has been partnered with Purina for many years and this long-term relationship has gone from strength to strength. The recent Charity of the Year was a great success and we thank Purina and their employees for being so engaged and supportive. This is in addition to Purina previously sponsoring our National Cat Awards. The partnership between Cats Protection and Purina is vital as it helps us to promote responsible pet ownership and will enable us to give thousands of unwanted cats a second chance in life.”
How you can help Cats Protection
Cats Protection relies on the generosity of individuals to ensure it can continue its vital work. Here are a few key ways that you can support them:
Cats Protection has lots of cats looking for a loving new home. If you are looking for a feline companion within your local area then please use their Find-a-cat tool to see if there are any cats in need of a new home. Please visit www.cats.org.uk/adopt-a-cat.
If you are not in a position to rehome a cat, then another great way you can help support the charity’s work is by becoming a Cats Protection sponsor. Sponsoring a cat pen with Cats Protection is one of the best ways that you can help, providing cats with shelter, warmth, food, medical care and all the love they need until they find new, loving homes. It's easy to become a sponsor right now, and for as little as 19p a day you can help give cats a fresh start in life. To get started, just choose the cat and pen you'd like to sponsor from the gallery.
There are so many memorable incidents in the life of a volunteer – holding a new-born kitten; reuniting a lost cat and its owner; rehoming your first cat; giving lots of TLC to a poorly cat recovering from life-saving surgery; standing on a street corner in the wind and rain with a charity collecting tin and your best smile; attending outdoor events in the British summer and many, many more but I would not have missed a single one of them.